Last night the St. Louis Blues defeated the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 10-3. While the people of Detroit may still have difficulty seeing properly after looking at all of those red lights, we’ve decided to take a look at a few other times where one team has scored double digits.
First, for those who dislike the Wings or who just enjoy punishment, here is NHL.com’s goal compilation from last night:
January 23rd, 1944 – Red Wings 15 – Rangers 0
Ah the 1944 season, we remember it well. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true. Thankfully, Inhistoric has the details:
Before a crowd of 12,293 at Olympia Stadium, the hometown Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers, 15-0, in what remains the largest blowout in NHL history. Besides their margin of victory, the Red Wings set records in consecutive goals, third period scoring, scoring points (15 goals and 22 assists), and points in one period (22 in the third), while at point scoring four goals in the span of three minutes and 52 seconds.
Ten of Detroit’s players scored, including Syd Howe, who scored all three of his goals in the final eight minutes to finish with a hat trick. Detroit’s rookie goalie, Connie Dion, only had to make nine saves to preserve his first career shutout, while Rangers’ goalie Ken McAuley saved 43 over the course of the onslaught.
The Edmonton Oilers Dynasty
We’re lumping all of these together because the Oilers definitely managed to score more than a few goals during their most dominant days.
During the 1981-82 season the Oilers got into the double digits against Quebec (11-4 win), Los Angeles (another 11-4 win), Winnipeg (10-2), Los Angeles again (10-3) and Pittsburgh (10-4).
The next season they managed to do it four times. They beat the New Jersey Devils 10-4 on December 17, 1982. They also beat the Black Hawks 10-4 that season and they followed up that victory with another 10-4 win the following game, this time against the Minnesota North Stars. The Oilers then put up 10 goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, beating them 10-7 on February 19, 1983.
The rampage continued in following season. October 19, 1983 saw the Oilers defeat the Vancouver Canucks 10-7. Edmonton trounced the Capitals 11-3 on November 2nd and on November 19, 1983 the Oilers defeated the New Jersey Devils 13-4. They beat the Minnesota North Stars 12-8, the Calgary Flames 10-5 and the Vancouver Canucks 12-2 that season as well. That season also included a lopsided defeat for the Oilers as the Hartford Whalers defeated them 11-0 on February 12, 1984.
On December 11, 1985 the league almost saw both teams score double digits as the Oilers and Black Hawks played a 12-9 game. This tied an NHL record for most total goals scored in one game. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto St. Patricks by a 14-7 score on January 10, 1920 which we also remember quite fondly.
We’re sure the Oilers racked up an insane number of goals in many other games, but just typing out all of these scores is making us tired.
February 7, 1976 – Toronto Maple Leafs 11 – Boston Bruins 4
Darryl Sittler set an NHL record that still stands on this night, recording 10 points in a single game. Sittler had six goals and four assists as the Leafs ran over the Bruins.
Sittler’s 10 points surpassed the old record of 8 points, held by two former Montreal Canadiens: Rocket Richard in 1944 and Bert Olmstead in 1954.
No player has come close to touching the record since. Several have hit the 8 mark, including Tom Bladon, Bryan Trottier, Peter and Anton Stastny (in the same game!) Paul Coffey, Bernie Nicholls, Wayne Gretzky twice and Mario Lemieux twice.
The superstitious Sittler credited his luck to his Swiss Chalet pregame meal, though he was never able to duplicate another big night thanks to their chicken and fries.
Of course there have been many other 10 plus goal games in NHL history, but the most lopsided victory ever, the mighty Oilers dynasty and the greatest individual scoring feat in the league round out this list well.
What is the most memorable 10 plus goal game you can think of?