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This Week In Hawks History: Dec. 2-8

The Hawks' 1000th win; Mikita's back-to-back hat tricks

Thursday, 12.04.2008 / 9:54 AM / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg  - Web Contributor
Reg, Max and Doug Bentley
Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:
  • The Blackhawks edged Boston 4-3 at the Stadium on December 2, 1970 for their 1,000th NHL victory.

  • On December 4, 1941 defenseman Joe Cooper tallied the second penalty shot in team history at the Stadium as the Hawks belted Montreal 9-2. His Hall of Fame teammate Doug Bentley picked up the first of his eight career Hawks hat tricks.

  • Hall of Famer Stan Mikita registered back-to-back hat tricks on the road on December 4-5, 1965 in a 10-1 rout of Boston and a 6-2 decision against the New York Rangers.

  • On December 5, 1973 Mikita notched the 15th of his 16 career hat tricks in an 8-2 whipping of the Red Wings in Detroit.

  • Cliff "Fido" Purpur scored the only hat trick of his four-year Hawks career in a 7-6 win over the Rangers at the Stadium on December 5, 1943.

  • Doug's Hall of Fame brother, Max Bentley, paced the Hawks' 5-2 victory over Montreal at the Stadium on December 6, 1942 with his first of five Chicago hat tricks.

  • The Hawks tied a team record of five power play goals in a game while battling the Rangers to a 5-5 tie in New York on December 6, 1995.

  • It was December 6, 1932 at the Stadium when goalie Charles Gardiner stopped 10 shots in overtime - a team record for the extra period - to preserve a 1-1 tie against Ottawa.

  • This was a big week for Blackhawks four-goal games: Mikita did on December 4, 1967 against Pittsburgh; Jeremy Roenick turned the trick on the road against the Islanders on December 7, 1991 with three goals coming on the power play; and Michael Nylander got the Hawks’ latest four-bagger in Boston on December 4, 1999.

  • It was last year on December 7 when the Hawks outshot Anaheim 42-22 as both Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien each had season-highs of seven shots on goal.