There are a variety of records individual of any kind in the national hockey League (NHL). Most of the records related to the statistics are held by well-known names: the great Wayne Gretzky, for example, has established no fewer than 61 of NHL records, several of which will probably never be beaten.
Other well-known names often come back: Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Alex Ovechkin, Jaromir Jagr…
But there are, here and there, impressive world records set by… of the “holders-surprises”.
Here are five of them.
Record of goals with the numerical advantage in a season by a defender
The candidate who is the most obvious? Paul Coffey, maybe? The latter has already scored 48 goals (!!) in a season during the great era of the Edmonton Oilers, being one of the cornerstones of a power play led by Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and other Jari Kurri…
However, the record is 19 goals, is rather held by Sheldon Souray! Many are supporters of the CH who remember his character ill-tempered on the ice, but also to its resounding launch hit and his season of 26 goals in 2006-2007. It is obviously in this year that he had hit the target 19 times on the power play.
Sequence matches with at least one goal
Was it Wayne Gretzky during his season of 92 goals? Or Brett Hull, who could have scored sneezing during the 1990-91 season (86 goals)? Or “Mario The Magnificent”, who had scored 69 goals in 60 meetings in 1992-1993? Was this the “Rocket” during his season of 50 goals in 50 games?
Well, no: the record belongs to the age-old “Punch” Broadbent, who has had hit the target at 16 consecutive matches from December 24, 1921, and February 15, 1922, with the Ottawa Senators. To tell the truth, the most important sequences of this type have been made at this time. The essential Joe Malone follows Broadbent with a sequence of 14 consecutive games, in 1917-1918, during which he had scored a total of… 35 goals!
It was really another era.
Record for the most points in a match, series
It is sure that it is Wayne. Four Stanley Cups, two finals, and lost 382 points in 208 games in the series… It’s Gretzky, is that it?
No, this is not “the Wonder”. It is Mario Lemieux… which is hardly surprising, except that the Quebecois share the record, which is eight points in a game, with Patrik Sundstrom.
Perfectly! The Swede was the first to make this brand during a game in April 1988, while his team, the New Jersey Devils, had won 10 to 4 against the Washington Capitals. Sundstrom had accumulated three goals and five helpers. Companion trio Mark Johnson had meanwhile scored four times. In front of the net of the “Caps”, Clint Malarchuk had seven goals in 21 shots before being removed from the game. Ouch.
By the way… Gretzky has managed three games of seven points in the series.
Sequence matches with at least one goal in the series
We keep a record of the series : the longest sequence of matches with at least one goal in the playoffs is 10, and belongs to Reggie Leach. However, this record is a three-in-one.
Leach was the scorer of the most dangerous in the NHL in 1975-76, when he had hit the target on 61 occasions with the Philadelphia Flyers in the regular season. Then, he has scored 19 goals in the series, which is another record (shared with Jari Kurri).
And, during his sequence of ten meetings, with at least one goal in the series, it has enjoyed a game of five goals against the Bruins, another record in the playoffs that he shares with four players.
It is after this match strong productive as his teammate Andre “Moose” Dupont went there of his famous “five “goals”, that is, of the “goals” tab…”.
Most goals in a game by a defender
Bobby Orr! Paul Coffey! Brian Leetch! Lyle Odelein!
No, for the record, that is five goals in a game, is not owned by any of the legends mentioned above.
Rather, it is owned by the very well named Ian Turnbull. This last accomplished the feat on February 2, 1977, in the uniform of the Maple Leafs sw Toronto (it should be done), against the Detroit Red Wings.
Ian Turnbull (left), honored for his feat in 1977.
For the little story: the Leafs had won 9 to 1, Turnbull had scored three times in the only third period and the Wings were in their training, at the time, a certain Michel Bergeron… who is not not, however, our “Bergy” national.
We learn every day.