List of players with five or more goals in an NHL game
This is a list of players who have 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 61 times, by 45 players, in the history of the league. The first player to do so was Joe Malone, with the Montreal Canadiens, in the first ever NHL game, on December 19, 1917. The most recent player to do so was Patrik Laine, with the Winnipeg Jets, in the 101st NHL season of play, on November 24, 2018.
In addition to being first, Joe Malone 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 – all in the first three seasons of the NHL’s existence. He is also the only player to record a five-goal game with more than one team, accomplishing his first three with the Montreal Canadiens and his last two with the Quebec Bulldogs.
Overall, seven different players have scored six goals in a game—including brothers Corb and Cy Denneny, with different teams, 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.
Only eight players have multiple five-goal games. Next to Malone achieving the mark five different times, 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 eight players with multiple five-goal games, only two have achieved the multiple in a single season: Malone (3 times in 1917–18, twice in 1919–20) and Sittler (twice in 1975–76). Gretzky (early and late 1981) and Maurice Richard (early and late 1944) had two five-goal games in the same calendar year, across two NHL seasons.
Ian Turnbull is the only defenseman who has scored five goals in a game, doing so in February 1977. Mario Lemieux is the only player in history to achieve a five-goal game by scoring in five different ways – in December 1988, he scored an even-strength goal, a power-play goal, a short-handed goal, a penalty shot goal and an empty net goal. Wayne Gretzky’s second five-goal game, in December 1981, also marked his achievement of the NHL’s fastest ever 50 goals in 50 games, when he scored five goals in his 39th game of the season.
Of the 61 different five-goal games, five instances were achieved in a playoff game.
The Montreal Canadiens have had the highest number of players, 9, and the highest number of occurrences, 14, of a five-goal game. The Toronto St. Patricks/Toronto Maple Leafs are second in both categories, with 7 different players scoring a five-goal game, on 9 different occasions.
|Joe Malone||Montreal Canadiens||December 19, 1917||5|
|Harry Hyland||Montreal Wanderers||December 19, 1917||5|
|Joe Malone||Montreal Canadiens||January 12, 1918||5|
|Joe Malone||Montreal Canadiens||February 2, 1918||5|
|Newsy Lalonde||Montreal Canadiens||March 1, 1919||5|
|Newsy Lalonde||Montreal Canadiens||January 10, 1920||6|
|Joe Malone||Quebec Bulldogs||January 31, 1920||7|
|Mickey Roach||Toronto St. Pats||March 6, 1920||5|
|Joe Malone||Quebec Bulldogs||March 10, 1920||6|
|Corb Denneny||Toronto St. Pats||January 26, 1921||6|
|Newsy Lalonde||Montreal Canadiens||February 16, 1921||5|
|Cy Denneny||Ottawa Senators||March 7, 1921||6|
|Babe Dye||Toronto St. Pats||December 16, 1922||5|
|Red Green||Hamilton Tigers||December 5, 1924||5|
|Babe Dye||Toronto St. Pats||December 22, 1924||5|
|Punch Broadbent||Montreal Maroons||January 7, 1925||5|
|Pit Lepine||Montreal Canadiens||December 14, 1929||5|
|Howie Morenz||Montreal Canadiens||March 18, 1930||5|
|Charlie Conacher||Toronto Maple Leafs||January 19, 1932||5|
|Ray Getliffe||Montreal Canadiens||February 6, 1943||5|
|Syd Howe||Detroit Red Wings||February 3, 1944||6|
|Maurice Richard||Montreal Canadiens||March 23, 1944||5|
|Maurice Richard||Montreal Canadiens||December 28, 1944||5|
|Howie Meeker||Toronto Maple Leafs||January 8, 1947||5|
|Bernie Geoffrion||Montreal Canadiens||February 19, 1955||5|
|Bobby Rousseau||Montreal Canadiens||February 1, 1964||5|
|Red Berenson||St. Louis Blues||November 7, 1968||6|
|Yvan Cournoyer||Montreal Canadiens||February 15, 1975||5|
|Darryl Sittler||Toronto Maple Leafs||February 7, 1976||6|
|Darryl Sittler||Toronto Maple Leafs||April 22, 1976||5|
|Reggie Leach||Philadelphia Flyers||May 6, 1976||5|
|Don Murdoch||New York Rangers||October 12, 1976||5|
|Ian Turnbull (D)||Toronto Maple Leafs||February 2, 1977||5|
|Bryan Trottier||New York Islanders||December 23, 1978||5|
|Tim Young||Minnesota North Stars||January 15, 1979||5|
|John Tonelli||New York Islanders||January 6, 1981||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||February 18, 1981||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||December 30, 1981||5|
|Grant Mulvey||Chicago Black Hawks||February 3, 1982||5|
|Bryan Trottier||New York Islanders||February 13, 1982||5|
|Willy Lindstrom||Winnipeg Jets||March 2, 1982||5|
|Mark Pavelich||New York Rangers||February 23, 1983||5|
|Jari Kurri||Edmonton Oilers||November 19, 1983||5|
|Bengt-Ake Gustafsson||Washington Capitals||January 8, 1984||5|
|Pat Hughes||Edmonton Oilers||February 3, 1984||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||December 15, 1984||5|
|Dave Andreychuk||Buffalo Sabres||February 6, 1986||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||December 6, 1987||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||December 31, 1988||5|
|Joe Nieuwendyk||Calgary Flames||January 11, 1989||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||April 25, 1989||5|
|Mats Sundin||Quebec Nordiques||March 5, 1992||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||April 9, 1993||5|
|Peter Bondra||Washington Capitals||February 5, 1994||5|
|Mike Ricci||Quebec Nordiques||February 17, 1994||5|
|Alexei Zhamnov||Winnipeg Jets||April 1, 1995||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||March 26, 1996||5|
|Sergei Fedorov||Detroit Red Wings||December 26, 1996||5|
|Marian Gaborik||Minnesota Wild||December 20, 2007||5|
|Johan Franzen||Detroit Red Wings||February 2, 2011||5|
|Patrik Laine||Winnipeg Jets||November 24, 2018||5|
Players who scored five or more goals in multiple games
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