TAMPA — Twenty years from now, people will look back on the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons and scratch their heads as they read through the NHL record books.
Then they’ll remember the COVID-19 pandemic that forced a pair of wonky seasons outside of the typical confines of October to June.
And because there’s hockey in July, more records were created Friday night in the Lightning’s Game 3 win over the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup final.
Defenseman Jan Rutta opened the floodgates in the first period of Tampa Bay’s 6-3 win in Montreal. He was the first player in league history to score a goal in the month of July.
|January||Jan. 2, 1918||Eddie Gerard||SEN|
|February||Feb. 2, 1918||Bert Corbeau||MON|
|March||March 2, 1918||Harry Cameron||TAN|
|April||April 1, 1920||Bobby Rowe||SMT|
|May||May 1, 1965||Jean Beliveau||MTL|
|June||June 1, 1992||Jaromir Jagr||PIT|
|July||July 2, 2021||Jan Rutta||TBL|
|August||Aug. 1, 2020||Jaccob Slavin||CAR|
|September||Sept. 29, 2007||Michael Cammalleri||LAK|
|October||Oct. 31, 1942||Tony Demers||MTL|
|November||Nov. 29, 1924||King Clancy||SEN|
|December||Dec. 19, 2917||Dave Ritchie||MWN|
But the night of firsts didn’t end there, as fellow blueliner Victor Hedman quickly followed with the second goal of the game in the first period. With the score, Hedman became the first player in NHL history to score a goal in all 12 months.
Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov later joined the exclusive club with goals of their own. Johnson had two (one in the second period and another in the third), and Kucherov scored in the second period.
Montreal’s Corey Perry, who scored late in the third period, also now has scored a goal in every month.
Who: Lightning at Canadiens, Game 3
When: Monday at 8 p.m.
Where: Montreal, Quebec, at the Bell Centre
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