This Week In Hawks History: Mar. 1-7
Tuesday, 03.3.2009 / 6:32 PM CT / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor
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.