Darryl Sittler set a NHL scoring record that might never be broken - 6 Goals & 4 Assists in one game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs captain had recently been called out by team owner Harold Ballard, as the Maple Leafs had won just 1 game in the previous seven games (1-4-2) and were 21-20-11 during the season to that point.
The Boston Bruins were on a roll, having won 7 games in a row and riding a 15-1-1 surge. Rookie goaltender Dave Reece was in the nets for Boston, who was 7-4-2 as the backup to Gilles Gilbert.
Sittler assisted on goals by Lanny McDonald (6:19) and Ian Turnbull (7:01) in the 1st period with Toronto leading 2-1.
In the 2nd period, Sittler scored at 2:56, assisted on a Börje Salming goal (3:33), scored again at 8:19 and 10:27,
assisted on another Salming goal (13:57) and the Maple Leafs led 8-4 after two periods.
Sittler scored all 3 goals of the 3rd period, known as a "Natural Hat-Trick" his goals came at 0:44, 9:27 and 16:35 as Toronto won 11-4 at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Darryl Sittler finished the NHL regular season with 41 goals, 51 assists and achieving his 1st 100 point season as a Hockey player. He had 5 goals, 7 assists in the playoffs, as the Maple Leafs lost to Philadelphia in the 1/4 finals.
Darryl Sittler also represented Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup, scoring 4 goals, 2 assists and being voted to the All-Star Team with Bobby Orr, Rogie Vachon, Milan Nový, Aleksandr Maltsev and Börje Salming.
Sittler scored the final goal of the 1976 Canada Cup, as with less than two minutes into the second half of the overtime period, Sittler received a pass from Marcel Dionne as he skated into the Czechoslovak zone close to the side boards. As Czech goalie Vladimír Dzurilla came out to challenge, Sittler faked a shot that froze the goaltender, took two more strides then fired the puck into an open net. The goal touched off a wild celebration amongst the Canadian players on the ice and the fans in the Montreal Forum. Sittler's championship winning goal remains one of the most famous in Hockey history.
What a "Puckin" year 1976 was for Darryl Sittler.