List of players with five or more goals in an NHL game
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. The most recent player to do so was Johan Franzén, 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.
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. 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.
Of the 44 players to achieve the feat, Ian Turnbull is the only defenceman.
|Malone, JoeJoe Malone||Montreal Canadiens||December 19, 1917||5|
|Hyland, HarryHarry Hyland||Montreal Wanderers||December 19, 1917||5|
|Malone, JoeJoe Malone||Montreal Canadiens||January 12, 1918||5|
|Malone, JoeJoe Malone||Montreal Canadiens||February 2, 1918||5|
|Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde||Montreal Canadiens||March 1, 1919||5|
|Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde||Montreal Canadiens||January 10, 1920||6|
|Malone, JoeJoe Malone||Quebec Bulldogs||January 31, 1920||7|
|Roach, MickeyMickey Roach||Toronto St. Pats||March 6, 1920||5|
|Malone, JoeJoe Malone||Quebec Bulldogs||March 10, 1920||6|
|Denneny, CorbCorb Denneny||Toronto St. Pats||January 26, 1921||6|
|Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde||Montreal Canadiens||February 16, 1921||5|
|Denneny, CyCy Denneny||Ottawa Senators||March 7, 1921||6|
|Dye, BabeBabe Dye||Toronto St. Pats||December 16, 1922||5|
|Green, RedRed Green||Hamilton Tigers||December 5, 1924||5|
|Dye, BabeBabe Dye||Toronto St. Pats||December 22, 1924||5|
|Broadbent, PunchPunch Broadbent||Montreal Maroons||January 7, 1925||5|
|Lepine, PitPit Lepine||Montreal Canadiens||December 14, 1929||5|
|Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz||Montreal Canadiens||March 18, 1930||5|
|Conacher, CharlieCharlie Conacher||Toronto Maple Leafs||January 19, 1932||5|
|Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe||Montreal Canadiens||February 6, 1943||5|
|Howe, SydSyd Howe||Detroit Red Wings||February 3, 1944||6|
|Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard||Montreal Canadiens||March 23, 1944||5|
|Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard||Montreal Canadiens||December 28, 1944||5|
|Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker||Toronto Maple Leafs||January 8, 1947||5|
|Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion||Montreal Canadiens||February 19, 1955||5|
|Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau||Montreal Canadiens||February 1, 1964||5|
|Berenson, RedRed Berenson||St. Louis Blues||November 7, 1968||6|
|Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer||Montreal Canadiens||February 15, 1975||5|
|Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler||Toronto Maple Leafs||February 7, 1976||6|
|Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler||Toronto Maple Leafs||April 22, 1976||5|
|Leach, ReggieReggie Leach||Philadelphia Flyers||May 6, 1976||5|
|Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch||New York Rangers||October 12, 1976||5|
|Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull||Toronto Maple Leafs||February 2, 1977||5|
|Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier||New York Islanders||December 23, 1978||5|
|Young, TimTim Young||Minnesota North Stars||January 15, 1979||5|
|Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli||New York Islanders||January 6, 1981||5|
|Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||February 18, 1981||5|
|Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||December 30, 1981||5|
|Mulvey, GrantGrant Mulvey||Chicago Black Hawks||February 3, 1982||5|
|Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier||New York Islanders||February 13, 1982||5|
|Lindstrom, WillyWilly Lindstrom||Winnipeg Jets||March 2, 1982||5|
|Pavelich, MarkMark Pavelich||New York Rangers||February 23, 1983||5|
|Kurri, JariJari Kurri||Edmonton Oilers||November 19, 1983||5|
|Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson||Washington Capitals||January 8, 1984||5|
|Hughes, PatPat Hughes||Edmonton Oilers||February 3, 1984||5|
|Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||December 15, 1984||5|
|Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk||Buffalo Sabres||February 6, 1986||5|
|Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||December 6, 1987||5|
|Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||December 31, 1988||5|
|Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk||Calgary Flames||January 11, 1989||5|
|Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||April 25, 1989||5|
|Sundin, MatsMats Sundin||Quebec Nordiques||March 5, 1992||5|
|Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||April 9, 1993||5|
|Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra||Washington Capitals||February 5, 1994||5|
|Ricci, MikeMike Ricci||Quebec Nordiques||February 17, 1994||5|
|Zhamnov, AlexeiAlexei Zhamnov||Winnipeg Jets||April 1, 1995||5|
|Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||March 26, 1996||5|
|Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov||Detroit Red Wings||December 26, 1996||5|
|Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik||Minnesota Wild||December 20, 2007||5|
|Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen||Detroit Red Wings||February 2, 2011||5|
Players who scored five or more goals in multiple games
|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|
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