On This Day: Red Wings Beat Rangers in Biggest Rout in NHL History (1944)

It was a day that would live in infamy for a long, long time.

January 23rd, 1944. The Detroit Red Wings take on the New York Rangers, something that was not unusual at that time, considering it was still the Original Six era. But this game would definitely be out of the ordinary by the time the final horn sounded. The Red Wings beat the Rangers 15-0, which marked the largest blowout ever in the NHL, and also the first time an NHL team scored 15 consecutive goals.

The Red Wings only scored 2 goals in the first period, but netted 5 more in the second, and then an astounding 8 in the third period, fueled by Syd Howe’s hat-trick. Ten other players also scored for the Red Wings. Rangers goalie at the time Ken McAuley did let in 15 goals, but he also stopped 43 shots, meaning the Red Wings managed 58 shots on goal in the game. The Rangers managed only 9.

Not only was this game a blowout, but the two teams would play each other roughly two weeks later, which would result in a 12-2 Red Wings victory.

27 goals in two games. Well, that escalated quickly.

The Red Wings would finish the 1943-44 season at 26-18-6. (W-L-T, 50 GP)

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