Marian Gaborik, after scoring his fifth goal on 20 December 2007. Gaborik is currently the only active player in the NHL to have accomplished the feat.

This is a list of games in which a player has scored five or more goals in a National Hockey League game. Scoring five or more goals in a single game is considered a great feat, and only 43 players in the history of the league have achieved this accomplishment.[1] The most recent player to do so was Marian Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild, who scored five goals on December 20, 2007, in a game against the New York Rangers. This was the first time a player had achieved the feat in 11 years.[2]

Scoring five goals in a single NHL game is an extremely rare feat which has only been accomplished 59 times. One player—Joe Malone—has scored seven goals in a game, seven players have scored six goals in a game, and 39 have scored five goals in a game. Only two players have scored six goals or more after 1967. Joe Malone—ranked second for most career goals of any player in major hockey's first half-century—scored five goals in a game on five separate occasions, of which one was a six-goal game, and another an NHL-record seven-goal game.[3] Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux each attained the feat four times while five other players have also had multiple five-goal game. There have been exactly five instances of five goals being scored in a playoff game.[4] Mario Lemieux is the only player in history to score five goals in five different ways during a game. On December 31, 1988, he scored an even-strength goal, a power-play goal, a short handed goal, a penalty shot goal and an empty net goal.[5]

Scorers[edit | edit source]

Newsy Lalonde, the first player to score six goals in a NHL game, also had two five-goal games.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard recorded two five-goal games in his career.

Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, had four five-goal games.

Mario Lemieux recorded four five-goal games.

Sergei Fedorov scored all of the Red Wings' goals in a 5-4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals; he eventually joined the latter team in 2008.

Legend

     Player is still active      Player scored five goals in a playoff game

Name Nationality Team Date Goals
Malone, JoeJoe Malone Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01917-12-19 December 19, 1917 5
Hyland, HarryHarry Hyland Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Wanderers 01917-12-19 December 19, 1917 5
Malone, JoeJoe Malone Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01918-01-12 January 12, 1918 5
Malone, JoeJoe Malone Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01918-02-02 February 2, 1918 5
Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde

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Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01919-03-01 March 1, 1919 5
Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01920-01-10 January 10, 1920 6
Malone, JoeJoe Malone Flag of Canada Canada Quebec Bulldogs 01920-01-31 January 31, 1920 7
Roach, MickeyMickey Roach Flag of the United States United States Toronto St. Pats 01920-03-06 March 6, 1920 5
Malone, JoeJoe Malone Flag of Canada Canada Quebec Bulldogs 01920-03-10 March 10, 1920 6
Denneny, CorbCorb Denneny Flag of Canada Canada Toronto St. Pats 01921-01-26 January 26, 1921 6
Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01921-02-16 February 16, 1921 5
Denneny, CyCy Denneny Flag of Canada Canada Ottawa Senators 01921-03-07 March 7, 1921 6
Dye, BabeBabe Dye Flag of Canada Canada Toronto St. Pats 01922-12-16 December 16, 1922 5
Green, RedRed Green Flag of Canada Canada Hamilton Tigers 01924-12-05 December 5, 1924 5
Dye, BabeBabe Dye Flag of Canada Canada Toronto St. Pats 01924-12-22 December 22, 1924 5
Broadbent, PunchPunch Broadbent Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Maroons 01925-01-07 January 7, 1925 5
Lepine, PitPit Lepine Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01929-12-29 December 29, 1929 5
Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01930-03-18 March 18, 1930 5
Conacher, CharlieCharlie Conacher Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs 01932-01-19 January 19, 1932 5
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01943-02-06 February 6, 1943 5
Howe, SydSyd Howe Flag of Canada Canada Detroit Red Wings 01944-02-03 February 3, 1944 6
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard

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Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01944-03-23 March 23, 1944 5
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01944-12-28 December 28, 1944 5
Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs 01947-01-08 January 8, 1947 5
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01955-02-19 February 19, 1955 5
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01964-02-01 February 1, 1964 5
Berenson, RedRed Berenson Flag of Canada Canada St. Louis Blues 01968-11-07 November 7, 1968 6
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens 01975-02-15 February 15, 1975 5
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs 01976-02-07 February 7, 1976 6
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler

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Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs 01976-04-22 April 22, 1976 5
Leach, ReggieReggie Leach

[6]

Flag of Canada Canada Philadelphia Flyers 01976-05-06 May 6, 1976 5
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch Flag of Canada Canada New York Rangers 01976-10-12 October 12, 1976 5
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs 01977-02-02 February 2, 1977 5
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier Flag of Canada Canada New York Islanders 01978-12-23 December 23, 1978 5
Young, TimTim Young Flag of Canada Canada Minnesota North Stars 01979-01-15 January 15, 1979 5
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli Flag of Canada Canada New York Islanders 01981-01-06 January 6, 1981 5
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers 01981-02-18 February 18, 1981 5
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers 01981-12-30 December 30, 1981 5
Mulvey, GrantGrant Mulvey Flag of Canada Canada Chicago Black Hawks 01982-02-03 February 3, 1982 5
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier Flag of Canada Canada New York Islanders 01982-02-12 February 12, 1982 5
Lindstrom, WillyWilly Lindstrom Flag of Sweden Sweden Winnipeg Jets 01982-03-02 March 2, 1982 5
Pavelich, MarkMark Pavelich Flag of the United States United States New York Rangers 01983-02-23 February 23, 1983 5
Kurri, JariJari Kurri Flag of Finland Finland Edmonton Oilers 01983-11-19 November 19, 1983 5
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson Flag of Sweden Sweden Washington Capitals 01984-01-08 January 8, 1984 5
Hughes, PatPat Hughes Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers 01984-02-03 February 3, 1984 5
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers 01984-12-15 December 15, 1984 5
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk Flag of Canada Canada Buffalo Sabres 01986-02-06 February 6, 1986 5
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers 01987-12-06 December 6, 1987 5
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Flag of Canada Canada Pittsburgh Penguins 01988-12-31 December 31, 1988 5
Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk Flag of Canada Canada Calgary Flames 01989-01-11 January 11, 1989 5
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux

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Flag of Canada Canada Pittsburgh Penguins 01989-04-25 April 25, 1989 5
Sundin, MatsMats Sundin Flag of Sweden Sweden Quebec Nordiques 01992-03-05 March 5, 1992 5
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Flag of Canada Canada Pittsburgh Penguins 01993-04-09 April 9, 1993 5
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Washington Capitals 01994-02-05 February 5, 1994 5
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci Flag of Canada Canada Quebec Nordiques 01994-02-17 February 17, 1994 5
Zhamnov, AlexeiAlexei Zhamnov Flag of Russia Russia Winnipeg Jets 01995-04-01 April 1, 1995 5
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Flag of Canada Canada Pittsburgh Penguins 01996-03-26 March 26, 1996 5
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov Flag of Russia Russia Detroit Red Wings 01996-12-26 December 26, 1996 5
Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik

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Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Minnesota Wild 02007-12-20 December 20, 2007 5

References[edit | edit source]

General
  • Dinger, Ralph [1932]. National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book, 2004, Toronto: Dan Diamond. ISBN 0-920445-84-5. 
Specific
  1. David Amber (2007-12-21). Gaborik and his five goals have some company. ESPN. Retrieved on 2008-01-01.
  2. Gaborik erupts for five goals, first to do so in 11 years. Edmonton Journal (2007-12-21). Retrieved on 2008-01-01.
  3. Wild's Gaborik scores 5 against Rangers. CBC (2007-12-21). Retrieved on 2008-01-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 NHL Playoff Goals. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2008-02-12.
  5. Lemieux, Mario—Biography. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2008-01-01.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Joe Sexton (1989-04-27). Heroics for Lemieux Despite Sore Neck. New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-02-12.
  7. Mike Weimerskirch (2007-12-20). Gaborik posts NHL's first five-goal game in decade. National Post. Retrieved on 2008-01-01.



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