Friday, December 21, 2007

Gaborik's big game

He became the first player in the team's seven seasons to record five goals in a game and was the first NHL player to record five goals in a game in more than 11 years. The most recent was Sergei Fedorov of the Red Wings, who scored five in a 5-4 Detroit victory over Washington on Dec. 12, 1996.

"It's an honor to be in that kind of company," Gaborik said.
A five-goal game is actually quite a bit more rare than I'd originally thought, as there have only been 42 in NHL history, quite a few of which took place in the league's early, early years.

Here's a look at five-goals games in the expansion era:

Six Goals

Red Berenson St. Louis 07-Nov-68
Darryl Sittler Toronto

Five Goals

Yvan Cournoyer Montreal 15-Feb-75
Don Murdoch NY Rangers 12-Oct-76
Ian Turnbull Toronto 02-Feb-77
Bryan Trottier NY Islanders 23-Dec-78
Tim Young Minnesota
John Tonelli NY Islanders 06-Jan-81
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 18-Feb-81
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 30-Dec-81
Grant Mulvey Chicago 03-Feb-82
Bryan Trottier NY Islanders 12-Feb-82
Willy Lindstrom Winnipeg 02-Mar-82
Mark Pavelich NY Rangers 23-Feb-83
Jari Kurri Edmonton 19-Nov-83
Bengt Gustafsson Washington 08-Jan-84
Pat Hughes Edmonton 03-Feb-84
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 15-Dec-84
Dave Andreychuk Buffalo 06-Feb-86
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 06-Dec-87
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 31-Dec-88
Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary 11-Jan-89
Mats Sundin Quebec
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 09-Apr-93
Peter Bondra Washington 05-Feb-94
Mike Ricci Quebec
Alexei Zhamnov Winnipeg 01-Apr-95
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 26-Mar-96
Sergei Fedorov Detroit 26-Dec-96
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 20-Dec-07

Joe Pelletier has the full list over on his blog.

Marian Gaborik now has scored .62 goals per game, the same pace he kept up last season when he potted 30 in 48 games.

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At 8:18 a.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous Scott said...

Mike Ricci!

At 9:22 a.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Adam C said...

Who is this Gretzky guy and why is his name on that list so much?

At 10:31 a.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Paul Nicholson said...

I think it is interesting that these look like they are bunched together (relatively speaking). Several in the mid/late-90's, mid-80's with lots of them... graphed them here.

I didn't used to take the "we need to increase scoring" arguments very seriously. The overall averages haven't changed that much from what i've seen people talk about, etc.

But having this kind of scoring would certainly help draw hype (read: highlights on the news) and excitement and i could see how that has kinda been missing. Though i'm not sure if changing the rules is the answer...

thanks for the info James

At 11:18 a.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Had the Wild even had a player score four in a game?

Is their six goals a club record too?

At 1:37 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

Someone watch the first goal and tell me the guy who got the second assist (backwards no look pass between his own legs) didn't do anything deserving of a point.

At 2:33 p.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous grabam said...

I'd have to say of all those 5 goal games, Mario's on December 31, 1988 is the most amazing!!! A goal in every freaking situation is pretty scary!!! SHG,PPG,EVSG,Penalty shot,and I believe the OT winner as well!!! Now that is an achievement that will NEVER be matched just due to the fact that most ace goal scorers don't see penalty killing time anymore!!!

At 2:34 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Bruce said...

I think it is interesting that these look like they are bunched together

This was the first 5-goal game in the NHL in 11 seasons. To this lucky fan who witnessed in person no fewer than five of those 5-goal games in the 1980s, it's the gap after those bunches which is alarming. What used to be a difficult feat is now next to impossible.

Hats off to Gaborik, in fact a hat doesn't quite seem enough, does it?

At 3:07 p.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

had the wild team ever scored 5 in a game?
mark pavelich was my favorite player when i was a youngster.

At 4:28 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Bruce said...

Grabam, the fifth situation wasn't an OT winner, it was an empty-net clincher. So in his truly amazing performance, Lemieux got one goal with no designation (at evens), and a PP, SH, PS and EN.

As for how ace scorers are or aren't being used, that's a cyclical thing. There's a reason Gretzky, Messier and Lemieux have all the major shorthanded scoring records. (Most SHG career, most playoff SHG career, and most SH goals in one season respectively) The greatest of the great play in all situations.

(But I agree Mario's accomplishment will never be matched. Nobody would have even thought of it until he actually did it.)

At 6:37 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Joe said...

I started reading that list, and immediately said "How the fuck did Mike Ricci score 5 goals?"

At 8:01 p.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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