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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
Player is still active Player scored five goals in a playoff game
|Joe Malone||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||December 19, 1917||5|
|Harry Hyland||Canada||Montreal Wanderers||December 19, 1917||5|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||January 12, 1918||5|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||February 2, 1918||5|
|Newsy Lalonde||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||March 1, 1919||5|
|Newsy Lalonde||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||January 10, 1920||6|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Quebec Bulldogs||January 31, 1920||7|
|Mickey Roach||United States||Toronto St. Pats||March 6, 1920||5|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Quebec Bulldogs||March 10, 1920||6|
|Corb Denneny||Canada||Toronto St. Pats||January 26, 1921||6|
|Newsy Lalonde||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||February 16, 1921||5|
|Cy Denneny||Canada||Ottawa Senators||March 7, 1921||6|
|Babe Dye||Canada||Toronto St. Pats||December 16, 1922||5|
|Red Green||Canada||Hamilton Tigers||December 5, 1924||5|
|Babe Dye||Canada||Toronto St. Pats||December 22, 1924||5|
|Punch Broadbent||Canada||Montreal Maroons||January 7, 1925||5|
|Pit Lepine||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||December 29, 1929||5|
|Howie Morenz||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||March 18, 1930||5|
|Charlie Conacher||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||January 19, 1932||5|
|Ray Getliffe||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||February 6, 1943||5|
|Syd Howe||Canada||Detroit Red Wings||February 3, 1944||6|
|Maurice Richard||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||March 23, 1944||5|
|Maurice Richard||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||December 28, 1944||5|
|Howie Meeker||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||January 8, 1947||5|
|Bernie Geoffrion||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||February 19, 1955||5|
|Bobby Rousseau||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||February 1, 1964||5|
|Red Berenson||Canada||St. Louis Blues||November 7, 1968||6|
|Yvan Cournoyer||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||February 15, 1975||5|
|Darryl Sittler||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||February 7, 1976||6|
|Darryl Sittler||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||April 22, 1976||5|
|Reggie Leach||Canada||Philadelphia Flyers||May 6, 1976||5|
|Don Murdoch||Canada||New York Rangers||October 12, 1976||5|
|Ian Turnbull||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||February 2, 1977||5|
|Bryan Trottier||Canada||New York Islanders||December 23, 1978||5|
|Tim Young||Canada||Minnesota North Stars||January 15, 1979||5|
|John Tonelli||Canada||New York Islanders||January 6, 1981||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||February 18, 1981||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||December 30, 1981||5|
|Grant Mulvey||Canada||Chicago Black Hawks||February 3, 1982||5|
|Bryan Trottier||Canada||New York Islanders||February 12, 1982||5|
|Willy Lindstrom||Sweden||Winnipeg Jets||March 2, 1982||5|
|Mark Pavelich||United States||New York Rangers||February 23, 1983||5|
|Jari Kurri||Finland||Edmonton Oilers||November 19, 1983||5|
|Bengt-Ake Gustafsson||Sweden||Washington Capitals||January 8, 1984||5|
|Pat Hughes||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||February 3, 1984||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||December 15, 1984||5|
|Dave Andreychuk||Canada||Buffalo Sabres||February 6, 1986||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||December 6, 1987||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||December 31, 1988||5|
|Joe Nieuwendyk||Canada||Calgary Flames||January 11, 1989||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||April 25, 1989||5|
|Mats Sundin||Sweden||Quebec Nordiques||March 5, 1992||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||April 9, 1993||5|
|Peter Bondra||Slovakia||Washington Capitals||February 5, 1994||5|
|Mike Ricci||Canada||Quebec Nordiques||February 17, 1994||5|
|Alexei Zhamnov||Russia||Winnipeg Jets||April 1, 1995||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||March 26, 1996||5|
|Sergei Fedorov||Russia||Detroit Red Wings||December 26, 1996||5|
|Marian Gaborik||Slovakia||Minnesota Wild||December 20, 2007||5|
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