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Today in Hockey History: Nov. 21

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This has been a very intriguing date in National Hockey League history. It has provided us with a new all-time leading scorer for players born in Europe. A handful of goaltending milestones were reached, some big moments in Pittsburgh, a very busy night in 1992, and even regular-season overtime was put on a 41-year hiatus. So, let’s take a trip back in time and relive all the best moments from Nov. 21 over the years.

Jagr Moves the Bar

Jaromir Jagr made NHL history, on Nov. 21, 2006, in the New York Rangers’ 4-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Just two days after becoming the 16th player ever to score 600 career goals, he reached another milestone with two more goals.

He scored goal No. 601, late in the second period, to tie Jari Kurri for the most goals by a player born in Europe. Early in the final frame, he scored again to set the all-time record.

Jagr, 34 at the time, played another 11-plus seasons, including parts of eight in the NHL. Following his final game in 2017 with the Calgary Flames, Jagr had 766 goals. He is one of only eight players to score at least 700 goals and is third all-time in league history.

Lumley & Sawchuk, Forever Connected

Hall of Fame goaltenders Harry Lumley and Terry Sawchuk both played for Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New York Rangers. Although they played for many of the same teams, during the same era, they were rivals except for a brief time together with the Red Wings during the 1949-50 season.

Lumley was as good as it gets in his era. (THW Archives)

On Nov. 21, 1953, Lumley recorded his 43rd career shutout in the Maple Leafs 1-0 win over the Rangers. He retired in 1960 with 71 total shutouts, 34 of them coming with Toronto.

One year later, Sawchuk became the 11th goaltender in NHL history to record 50 career shutouts in a 1-0 win at the Blackhawks. It was his second shutout of Chicago in the last 24 hours.


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A decade later, on Nov. 21, 1964, Sawchuk, now with the Maple Leafs, beat the Blackhawks and his former teammate, Glenn Hall, 1-0. He became the first netminder in NHL history to record at least one shutout in 16 consecutive seasons. He broke the previous record of 15 straight seasons that was set by Lumley. Sawchuk extended this streak to 19 seasons before failing to earn a shutout during the 1968-69 season with the Red Wings.

Prime Time in Pittsburgh

Jean Pronovost scored twice to become the first 250 goal scorer in Pittsburgh Penguins history on Nov. 21, 1975,…

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