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This Week In Hawks History: Mar. 1-7

Tuesday, 03.03.2009 / 7:32 PM / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg  - Web Contributor
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This Week In Hawks History: Mar. 1-7
Dustin Byfuglien

Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:

  • Then-rookie Dustin Byfuglien scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on March 1, 2006 – the game-winner – in a 3-0 victory in Nashville.

  • On March 2, 1985, Darryl Sutter got the last of his three Hawks hat tricks at St. Louis in a 4-4 draw with the Blues.

  • Chicago goalie Sam Lopresti must have felt a little alone on March 4, 1941, when he faced a team-record 83 shots in Boston, including 33 in the middle period, which set a Hawks mark. Despite his heroic efforts, the Bruins edged the Hawks 3-2.

  • It was March 4, 1990, that defenseman Bob Murray played in his 1,000th game as a Blackhawk. He finished his career in a Chicago uniform 8 games later, which ranks fourth on the team's all-time list.

  • On that same date last year, Craig Adams scored his first goal in a Hawks uniform while Byfuglien added the game-winner on a power play in a 4-2 triumph at Minnesota.

  • The next night at the United Center, Byfuglien duplicated his peformance with another power play game-winner to earn rookie netminder Corey Crawford his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 victory against Anaheim.

  • On March 5, 1954, Hawks goalie Al Rollins kept his squad in the game during a scoreless tie with the Rangers. It was one of Rollins' seven shutouts that season, which later earned him the NHL Hart Trophy as the league's MVP, the only time that a member of last-place team has ever received that honor.

  • Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin recorded his first shutout in a Chicago uniform on March 6, 2007, by blanking Los Angeles 3-0 at the United Center.

  • Jeremy Roenick became the third Blackhawk and the first American-born Hawks player to score 50 goals in a season when he tallied the game-winner in his hometown of Boston to defeat the Bruins 2-1 on March 7, 1992. He went for a total of 53 that year, a mark only previously reached by Bobby Hull and Al Secord.

  • On the same date in 1965, Hawks penalty killer Eric Nesterenko tied a team mark with two shorthanded goals at the Stadium while goalie Glenn Hall blanked Montreal 7-0.