THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 25
1940: The NHL comes to television in the United States.
The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden in the first hockey game televised in the U.S. The game airs on station W2XBS in New York, using one camera in a fixed position, and can be viewed on 300 television receivers in New York.
The viewers who tune in see the Rangers win 6-2 for their 14th consecutive home victory.
1945: Maurice Richard of the Canadiens sets an NHL record with his 45th goal of the season, breaking the mark of 44 set by Montreal’s Joe Malone in 1917-18, the NHL’s first season. It comes in the Canadiens’ 5-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1978: The Rangers break the Canadiens’ NHL-record unbeaten streak of 28 games (23-0-5) with a 6-3 win at the Forum. Six Rangers score against Ken Dryden, and rookie goalie Hardy Astrom makes 29 saves for his first NHL win. Astrom splits four decisions with the Rangers before playing two seasons with the Colorado Rockies, finishing with an NHL record of 17-44-12.
On the same night, forward Danny Gare scores three goals and has two assists, defenseman Jerry Korab scores two goals and three assists and the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Cleveland Barons 13-3 at Richfield Coliseum. The Sabres become the third team in NHL history to score 13 goals in a road game.
1990: Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues scores his 59th goal of the season, breaking the family record of 58 set by his father, Bobby Hull. Brett also gets his 60th and 61st goals for his sixth NHL hat trick, but the Blues lose 6-5 to Montreal at the Forum. Defenseman Eric Desjardins scores the 15,000th goal in Canadiens history.
1993: Cam Neely returns to the Boston Bruins lineup after missing 106 games during two seasons because of a knee injury. Neely scores a power-play goal 4:51 into the game, but the Minnesota North Stars rally for a 3-3 tie at Boston Garden
2012: Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to have 30 or more wins in each of his first seven seasons. Lundqvist gets his 30th win of 2011-12 by making 18 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory against Buffalo at Madison Square Garden.