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December 21st

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1952:  Former NHL coach and general manager Les Jackson born in Manning, Alta.  Jackson worked in the league with Dallas and the Minnesota North Stars, starting in 1985-86.

1968:  Bob McCord had two assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 3-1 win over the Penguins at Pittsburgh.  Coach John Muckler picked up the win -- but his next NHL coaching victory wouldn't be until October 5, 1989 with Edmonton - more than 20 years later.

1971:  Murray Oliver and Lou Nanne each scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 3-2 win over the Kings at the Met Center.

1974:  Defenseman Barry Gibbs scored a goal and three assists in one period (a team record) as the Minnesota North Stars became the third post-1967 expansion team to win 200 games in franchise history, with an 8-7 win over the visiting Penguins.

1982:  Bobby Smith scored two goals and added an assist as the Minnesota North Stars lost 6-4 to the Flames, at Calgary.

1987:  Maple Leafs' goaltender Allan Bester and North Stars' goaltender Kari Takko recorded shutouts as Minnesota tied 0-0 at Toronto.  It was the only shutout of Takko's NHL career and the 5th career shutout for Bester.

1988:  Capitals' Dave Christian scored his 250th NHL career goal as Washington won 4-3 at Chicago.  Christian became the second U.S. born player to score 250 NHL goals.

1991:  Ed Olczyk had two goals and four assists to lead the Jets to a 7-2 win over the Flames, in Winnipeg.  It was the Jets' eighth straight win at home.  Phil Housley added four assists in the second period.

2002:  Minnesota set a team record for with 47 shots and Marian Gaborik set a Minnesota team record by taking 10 shots for the Wild, scoring once in a 4-2 loss at Colorado.

2006:  St. Louis rookie David Backes scored his first NHL goal, and coach Andy Murray earned his first win with the Blues, 5-2 against visiting Los Angeles.  It was the Blues first home victory of the season.

2013:  Rookie goalie Alex Stalock (a native of South St. Paul, MN) made 44 saves in regulation and overtime and 5 more in the shootout with Joe Thornton scoring the only shootout goal to lead the Sharks to a 3-2 win over the visiting Dallas Stars.

2014:  Colorado Avalanche Defensemen - Bloomington, MN native Erik Johnson had 1 goal to earn the #3 Star of the Night in the Avs 2-1 shoot-out win over Detroit Red Wings.

2014:  N.Y. Rangers Defensemen - Arden Hills, MN native Ryan McDonagh had the Rangers 1 lone goal in the 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes to earn the #3 Star of the Night.  Goaltender Cam Talbot became just the second goalie in NY Rangers history to start a season with 3 straight shutout wins.

2015:  Minnesota Wild released the upcoming Stadium Series Alumni jerseys via social media accounts during the Wild vs. Dallas Stars game featuring beloved Minnesota hockey legend - Neal Broten in a Minnesota North Stars jersey with a Wild shoulder logo on the left arm.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History