List of players with five or more goals in an NHL game

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Johan Franzen is the latest player to score five goals in an NHL game.
Marian Gaborik, after scoring his fifth goal on December 20, 2007.

This is a list of games in which a player has scored five or more goals in a National Hockey League (NHL) game. Scoring five or more goals in a single game is considered a great feat, as it has only been accomplished 60 times, by only 44 players, in the history of the league.[1] The most recent player to do so was Johan Franzen, who scored five goals for the Detroit Red Wings on February 2, 2011, against the Ottawa Senators.

Joe Malone, playing in the early days of the NHL, holds the overall record with five different five-or-more goal games, including the NHL record seven goals in a game, as well as a six-goal game and three five-goal games. Overall, seven different players have scored six goals in a game—including brothers Corb and Cy Denneny, within a few weeks of each other in 1921. A total of 40 individual players have scored exactly five goals in a game, on one or more occasions. While five-goal games continue to occur from time to time, no player has scored six or more goals since Darryl Sittler scored six in February 1976.[2]

Next to Malone's achievement of five different games, both Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux attained the feat four times, Newsy Lalonde did it three times, while four other players have had two five-goal games. Of the 60 different five-goal games, five instances were achieved in a playoff game.[3] Mario Lemieux is the only player in history to achieve a five-goal game by scoring in five different ways – 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.[4]

Of the 44 players to achieve the feat, Ian Turnbull is the only defenseman with a five goal game.

Scorers[edit]

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 in the NHL
  Player scored five goals in a playoff game
Name Team Date Goals
Canada Malone, JoeJoe Malone Montreal Canadiens December 19, 1917 5
Canada Hyland, HarryHarry Hyland Montreal Wanderers December 19, 1917 5
Canada Malone, JoeJoe Malone Montreal Canadiens January 12, 1918 5
Canada Malone, JoeJoe Malone Montreal Canadiens February 2, 1918 5
Canada Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde[3] Montreal Canadiens March 1, 1919 5
Canada Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde Montreal Canadiens January 10, 1920 6
Canada Malone, JoeJoe Malone Quebec Bulldogs January 31, 1920 7
Canada Roach, MickeyMickey Roach Toronto St. Pats March 6, 1920 5
Canada Malone, JoeJoe Malone Quebec Bulldogs March 10, 1920 6
Canada Denneny, CorbCorb Denneny Toronto St. Pats January 26, 1921 6
Canada Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde Montreal Canadiens February 16, 1921 5
Canada Denneny, CyCy Denneny Ottawa Senators March 7, 1921 6
Canada Dye, BabeBabe Dye Toronto St. Pats December 16, 1922 5
Canada Green, RedRed Green Hamilton Tigers December 5, 1924 5
Canada Dye, BabeBabe Dye Toronto St. Pats December 22, 1924 5
Canada Broadbent, PunchPunch Broadbent Montreal Maroons January 7, 1925 5
Canada Lepine, PitPit Lepine Montreal Canadiens December 14, 1929 5
Canada Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz Montreal Canadiens March 18, 1930 5
Canada Conacher, CharlieCharlie Conacher Toronto Maple Leafs January 19, 1932 5
Canada Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe Montreal Canadiens February 6, 1943 5
Canada Howe, SydSyd Howe Detroit Red Wings February 3, 1944 6
Canada Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard[5] Montreal Canadiens March 23, 1944 5
Canada Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard Montreal Canadiens December 28, 1944 5
Canada Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker Toronto Maple Leafs January 8, 1947 5
Canada Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens February 19, 1955 5
Canada Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens February 1, 1964 5
Canada Berenson, RedRed Berenson St. Louis Blues November 7, 1968 6
Canada Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer Montreal Canadiens February 15, 1975 5
Canada Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs February 7, 1976 6
Canada Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler[5] Toronto Maple Leafs April 22, 1976 5
Canada Leach, ReggieReggie Leach[5] Philadelphia Flyers May 6, 1976 5
Canada Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch New York Rangers October 12, 1976 5
Canada Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull Toronto Maple Leafs February 2, 1977 5
Canada Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier New York Islanders December 23, 1978 5
Canada Young, TimTim Young Minnesota North Stars January 15, 1979 5
Canada Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli New York Islanders January 6, 1981 5
Canada Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers February 18, 1981 5
Canada Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers December 30, 1981 5
Canada Mulvey, GrantGrant Mulvey Chicago Black Hawks February 3, 1982 5
Canada Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier New York Islanders February 12, 1982 5
Sweden Lindstrom, WillyWilly Lindstrom Winnipeg Jets March 2, 1982 5
United States Pavelich, MarkMark Pavelich New York Rangers February 23, 1983 5
Finland Kurri, JariJari Kurri Edmonton Oilers November 19, 1983 5
Sweden Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson Washington Capitals January 8, 1984 5
Canada Hughes, PatPat Hughes Edmonton Oilers February 3, 1984 5
Canada Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers December 15, 1984 5
Canada Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk Buffalo Sabres February 6, 1986 5
Canada Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers December 6, 1987 5
Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins December 31, 1988 5
Canada Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames January 11, 1989 5
Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux[5] Pittsburgh Penguins April 25, 1989 5
Sweden Sundin, MatsMats Sundin Quebec Nordiques March 5, 1992 5
Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins April 9, 1993 5
Slovakia Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra Washington Capitals February 5, 1994 5
Canada Ricci, MikeMike Ricci Quebec Nordiques February 17, 1994 5
Russia Zhamnov, AlexeiAlexei Zhamnov Winnipeg Jets April 1, 1995 5
Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins March 26, 1996 5
Russia Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings December 26, 1996 5
Slovakia Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik[6] Minnesota Wild December 20, 2007 5
Sweden Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen[7] Detroit Red Wings February 2, 2011 5

Players who scored five or more goals in multiple games[edit]

Name Nationality Total
Malone, JoeJoe Malone  Canada 5
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky  Canada 4
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux  Canada 4
Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde  Canada 3
Dye, BabeBabe Dye  Canada 2
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard  Canada 2
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler  Canada 2
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier  Canada 2

References[edit]

General
  • Dinger, Ralph (1932). National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book (2004 ed.). 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 2008-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Wild's Gaborik scores 5 against Rangers". CBC. 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ a b "NHL Playoff Goals". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Lemieux, Mario—Biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d Joe Sexton (1989-04-27). "Heroics for Lemieux Despite Sore Neck". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  6. ^ Mike Weimerskirch (2007-12-20). "Gaborik posts NHL's first five-goal game in decade". National Post. Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  7. ^ Kirkland Crawford (2011-02-02). "Johan Franzen scores five goals in Wings' victory". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2011-02-02.