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February 4th

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1944:  Former NHL goalie Gary Smith born in Ottawa, Ont.  Smith played in the NHL 1965-66 through 1979-80 with Toronto, Oakland, Chicago, Vancouver, Washington, the Minnesota North Stars and Winnipeg.

1956: The U.S. Olympic team captures the silver medal in the Olympic Games with 11 Minnesota natives on the team.

1973:  J.P. Parise scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh at the Met Center.

1979:  Al MacAdam scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 6-4 win against the Maple Leafs at the Met Center.  Borje Salming had three assists for Toronto.

1987:  Kings signed veteran defenseman Dave Langevin as a free agent, following his release by the Minnesota North Stars.

1987:  NHL center David McIntyre born in Oakville, Ont.  McIntyre has played in the NHL since 2011-12 with Minnesota.

1992:  Tom Chorske scored twice in the third period to lead the Devils to a 3-1 win over the Flyers, in New Jersey.

1997:  Tom Chorske scored twice in the second period to lead the Senators to a 4-3 win at Boston.

2006:  Jacques Lemaire became the seventh coach in NHL history to win 150 games with two different teams (New Jersey and Minnesota) when the Wild had their milestone 150th win, 6-4 over the Coyotes in Phoenix.  Wes Walz had 2 goals and 2 assists.

2008:  Patrik Elias & David Clarkson scored less than two minutes apart in the third to tie the game, and Zach Parise scored the winning goal 37 seconds into overtime in the Devils 4-3 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.  Elias & Parise each had 2 assists.

2009:  Niklas Backstrom set a Minnesota franchise record with his 6th shutout of the season (the 15th of his career) as the Wild beat the visiting Ducks 3-0 for their first-ever home shutout over Anaheim.

2010:  Martin Havlat scored twice as the Minnesota Wild beat Edmonton for the 12th straight time at home, with a 4-2 win over the Oilers. Rookie goalie Anton Khudobin, made his NHL debut and got the win in relief of Josh Harding.

2013:  Minnesota Wild Left Winger Zach Parise scored his 200th NHL goal vs. the Phoenix Coyotes.  Zach Parise, Prior Lake MN native became part of the second father/son team in NHL history to each scored 200+ goals, as the Wild lost 2-1 at Phoenix.

2013:  Minnesota Wild acquired left wing Mike Rupp from the New York Rangers in exchange for left wing Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri.

2014:  Captain (and Blaine, MN native) David Backes reached the 20-goal mark for the 4th time in his career as the Blues outshot Ottawa 50-31 in a 5-4 shootout loss to the visiting Senators.

2014:  Minnesota's rookie goalie Darcy Kuemper made his 11th consecutive start, stopping 34 shots and Jared Spurgeon had two assists to lead the Wild to a 2-1 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

2017:  Minnesota Wild defeated Winnipeg Jets 4-2 led by Mikael Granlund first 3 goal game in the league.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History