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Today in Hockey History: Jan. 23

Today in Hockey History: Jan. 23

Streaks are the running theme through National Hockey League history on this date. In addition, quite a few members of the Hockey Hall of Fame had memorable moments, and a pair of big names changed addresses. Come along on our daily trip back through the decades on the THW time machine.

We’re Going Streaking

New York Rangers forward Murray Murdoch played in his 400th consecutive game on Jan. 23, 1934, a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The team held a pregame ceremony where another New York sports star known for long streaks, Lou Gehrig of the Yankees, made a presentation to Murdoch to honor his achievement. He played in 508 games in a row before retiring in 1937. He spent 27 seasons as the head coach at Yale University following his playing career.

Bobby Hull had a goal and an assist on Jan. 23, 1972, to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. This extended his team-record 21-game point streak, where he put up 23 goals and 35 points. He held onto this record until 2015, when Patrick Kane had at least one point in 26 straight games.

Hull extended his point streak to 21 games on his date. (THW Archives)

Ace Bailey had two goals and an assist on Jan. 23, 1976, as the Washington Capitals ended their 25-game winless streak (0-22-3) with a 7-5 win over the Rangers. Surprisingly, this wasn’t even the longest such streak of the 1975-76 season, as the Kansas City Scouts went 27 straight games without a victory.

The Buffalo Sabres became the first team in NHL history to win 10 straight road games on Jan. 23, 1984, with a 5-3 victory at the Boston Bruins. This streak is still tied with five other teams for the second-longest in league history. The 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings and 2014-15 Minnesota Wild had 12-game road winning streaks.

Entering their game on Jan. 23, 1985, the Los Angeles Kings had gone 21 straight home games versus the Philadelphia Flyers without a win. This streak was snapped with a 6-3 victory, led by Marcel Dionne’s goal and three assists. They had gone 0-17-4 at the Forum against the Flyers since their previous win on Oct. 20, 1973.

Exactly 20 years after his father extended his point streak with the Blackhawks, on Jan. 23, 1992, Brett Hull extended his point streak with the St. Louis Blues to a record 25 straight games. He scored in a 6-5 loss to the visiting Kings. He scored 31 goals and 46 points during this remarkable run.

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