This day in New York Rangers history, April 1st 1994, Mike Richter recorded his 38th win of the season, breaking Ed Giacomin's single season record. Richter finished the season with 42 wins.
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This day in hockey history, April 1st 1989, the Montreal Canadiens tied the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-2 with Montreal goalie Patrick Roy completing an unbeaten season at home with a 25-0-4 record.
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This day in hockey history, April 1st 1989, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-4 with Bernie Nicholls scoring three goals including his 70th of the year and 300th of his career.
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This day in New York Rangers history, April 1st 1962, Rod Gilbert scored the first two goals of his career in his first playoff game as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
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This day in hockey history, April 1st 1958, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 to sweep their Stanley Cup playoff semi final series 4-0 on the strength of Maurice Richard's seventh and last career playoff hat trick.
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On this date in hockey history, April 1st, 1981, Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers began his assault on the NHL's record book. During a 4-4 tie between the Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Rockies, Wayne picked up his 103rd and 104th assists of the season. This broke Bobby Orr's single season assist record of 102. Gretzky finished the season with 109 assists.
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On this date in hockey history, April 1st 1973, Rick MacLeish became the first Philadelphia Flyer to score 50 goals in a single season with his score during a 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh. This gave him 100 points on the season, the second Flyers to do so after Bobby Clarke.

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This day in hockey history, April 2nd 1993, the Vancouver Canucks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 with Pavel Bure becoming the first player in team history to score 100 points in a season.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 1st 1979, the Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres with Lanny McDonald scoring his 200th career goal and second hat trick in two days. This was Lanny's sixth and last hattrick for Toronto. He was the tenth player to score 200 goals in team history.
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This day in hockey history, April 2nd 1969, the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 10-0 setting a playoff record with six power play goals with Phil Esposito scoring a power play hattrick.
The Leafs Forbes Kennedy also set a playoff record for the . most penalties in one game, with four minors, two majors, a misconduct, and a game misconduct for a total of eight penalties for 38 minutes in the sin bin. Not surprisingly the Bruins swept the Leafs 4-0 in the series.
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This day in hockey history, April 2nd 1977,  the Montreal Canadiens devastated the Washington Capitals 11-0 setting a new NHL record for the most wins in a season with 59. They’d win one more to finish the season at 60-8-12, outscoring their opponents 387-17, that’s an average of 2.7 goals per game. 
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This day in New York Rangers history, April 2nd 1972, Vic Hadfield becomes the first Ranger to score 50 goals in a season, scoring twice on the season's final day in a 6-5 loss to Montreal.
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This day in hockey history, April 2nd 1993, Paul Kariya became the first freshman ever to win the Hobey Baker award as the NCAA player of the year. Kariya scored an incredible 100 points for the Maine Black Bears (25-75-100) in just 39 games. Maine won the Hockey East Championship as well as the NCAA Championship that year, with the team going 42-1-2.


This day in hockey history, April 3rd 1966, the Toronto Maple Leafs tied the Detroit Red Wings 3-3 while using a unique goaltending rotation never seen before in the NHL. The Leafs used three goalies in the game with Johnny Bower starting the game, Terry Sawchuck taking over in the second period and Bruce Gamble wrapping it up in the third with Johnny Bower now behind the bench.

This day in hockey history, April 3rd 1969, the Boston Bruins shutout the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0 in game two of their Stanley Cup playoff series on Gerry Cheevers second shutout in two days. This was an improvement for the Leafs who had lost game 1 by a 10-0 score. Johnny Bucyk led the B's scoring with two goals and an assist, with Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge each adding a goal and two helpers.
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This day in New York Rangers history, April 3rd 1997, the Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins 5-4 with Wayne Gretzky picking up the 2,700th point of his NHL career. He was 850 oints ahead of Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe who was in 2nd place at that time. Gretzky finished his career with an incredible 2,857 points.


This day in New York Rangers history, April 3rd 1928, the Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 2 of a total goals semifinals series to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. This was the final Bruins game played in the Boston Arena. The arena is still is use and has been renovated several times. it is the oldest indoor ice hockey arena still being used for hockey and is the oldest multi-purpose athletic building still in use in the world. Opened in 1910 the Boston Arena is the only original home rink of the NHL's original six franchises which is still in use as a hockey arena. The Rangers won the series 5 goals to 2 and met the Montreal Maroons in the finals. New York won the Stanley Cup defeating Montreal three games to two in the best of five series.
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This day in hockey history, April 3rd 1930, the Boston Bruins lost back to back games for the first time all season, not surprising since they had finished with a 38-5-1 record. Unfortunately the two game losing streak was in the best of three Stanley Cup finals where the B's dropped game two 4-3 to the Montreal Candiens who celebrated their victory with the Stanley Cup.
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This day in hockey history, April 3rd 1937, the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final against Detroit with a 4-0 win over the Montreal Maroons to complete a two game sweep of their semi final series. Rangers goaltender Dave Kerr doesn't allow a goal in either game of the Rangers' two game sweep. The R angers had previously swept the Toronto Maple Leafs two games to none.
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This day in Buffalo Sabres history, April 3rd 1982, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 with Gilbert Perreault picking up his 1,000th career. Perreault finished his Sabres career with 1,326 points and is the only player who has ever scored 1,000 points for the franchise. Visit vintagehockeyjerseys.net for more vintage hockey

This day in hockey history, April 4th 1971, the New York Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-0 with Gordie Howe appearing in his 1,687th and last regular season game with the Red Wings.
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This day in hockey history, April 4th 1971, the Montreal Canadiens lost 7-2 to the Boston.Bruins with Jean Beliveau playing 1,125th and final regular season game.

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On this date in hockey history, April 4th 1986, Wayne Gretzky established a new record for points in a season with 214 with three helpers during a 9-3 loss to Calgary. With this new mark he broke the record he had set of 212 points in the 1981-82 season. Gretzky picked up an assist in the next game, a 3-2 win over Vancouver, to set the all time single season record of 215 points.
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Happy birthday to Doug Favell, born April 5th 1945 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Doug was the first goaltender to paint his mask when playing for Philadelphia he painted his white face plate Flyers orange for Halloween. In so doing he created a new art form.
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This day in hockey history, April 5th 1966, the NHL Board of Governors officially granted St. Louis a franchise, to be a part of the league’s new six-team expansion in October of 1967. The team was named the Blues after the W.C. Hardy Song “Saint Louis Blues.”
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This day in hockey history, April 5th 1970,
the Chicago Black Hawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 10-2 scoring a team record seven goals in the third period, including another team record of six goals in a span of just 9:13. The win clinched first place for the Hawks, who had actually finished last in the previous season. Also, the win eliminated Montreal from the playoffs for the first time in 22 years; the Habs finished tied with the Rangers for fourth place, but the Rangers owned the tiebreaker by having scored just two more goals.
On the final day of the regular season 37 years ago, the badly slumping Rangers trailed defending champion Montreal by 2 points for the fourth and final playoff berth. The Rangers played host to third-place Detroit in a matinee, and the Canadiens visited Chicago that night.
“It was a tremendous season,” recalled Vic Hadfield, who scored 20 goals off the left wing for those Rangers. “It was so tight all the way right down to the end.”
A Rangers victory and a Montreal loss would have left them tied in points. But the Canadiens had a five-goal advantage in the tie breaker then in effect — goals for. The Rangers needed more than a victory; they needed a blowout.
They got it. Throwing everything they had into the attack, the desperate Rangers poured 65 shots on Detroit goalie Roger Crozier and rolled up a 9-3 lead early in the third period. Looking for even more, Coach Emile Francis repeatedly pulled goalie Ed Giacomin for the extra attacker. It did not add anything; in fact, the Red Wings hit the empty net twice for a 9-5 final score. But the Rangers had the high-scoring victory they needed.
The pressure was on the Canadiens. But they did not necessarily have to win in Chicago. All they had to do to make the playoffs was score at least five goals.
But the Blackhawks were playing for first place, and they needed to win. Sure enough, the Canadiens fell behind by 5-2 early in the third period. They needed three more goals. So they put goalie Rogie Vachon on the bench for the extra man and proceeded to surrender five empty-netters without adding to their total. Montreal lost, 10-2, and missed the playoffs for the only time from the 1948-49 season to the 1994-95 season.
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This day in hockey history, April 5th 1970,
the Chicago Black Hawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 10-2 scoring a team record seven goals in the third period, including another team record of six goals in a span of just 9:13. The win clinched first place for the Hawks, who had actually finished last in the previous season. Also, the win eliminated Montreal from the playoffs for the first time in 22 years; the Habs finished tied with the Rangers for fourth place, but the Rangers owned the tiebreaker by having scored just two more goals.
On the final day of the regular season 37 years ago, the badly slumping Rangers trailed defending champion Montreal by 2 points for the fourth and final playoff berth. The Rangers played host to third-place Detroit in a matinee, and the Canadiens visited Chicago that night.
“It was a tremendous season,” recalled Vic Hadfield, who scored 20 goals off the left wing for those Rangers. “It was so tight all the way right down to the end.”
A Rangers victory and a Montreal loss would have left them tied in points. But the Canadiens had a five-goal advantage in the tie breaker then in effect — goals for. The Rangers needed more than a victory; they needed a blowout.
They got it. Throwing everything they had into the attack, the desperate Rangers poured 65 shots on Detroit goalie Roger Crozier and rolled up a 9-3 lead early in the third period. Looking for even more, Coach Emile Francis repeatedly pulled goalie Ed Giacomin for the extra attacker. It did not add anything; in fact, the Red Wings hit the empty net twice for a 9-5 final score. But the Rangers had the high-scoring victory they needed.
The pressure was on the Canadiens. But they did not necessarily have to win in Chicago. All they had to do to make the playoffs was score at least five goals.
But the Blackhawks were playing for first place, and they needed to win. Sure enough, the Canadiens fell behind by 5-2 early in the third period. They needed three more goals. So they put goalie Rogie Vachon on the bench for the extra man and proceeded to surrender five empty-netters without adding to their total. Montreal lost, 10-2, and missed the playoffs for the only time from the 1948-49 season to the 1994-95 season.
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This day in hockey history, April 6th 1952, Paul Masnick was called up from the Cincinnati Mohawks to the Montreal Canadiens for his first game of the season during their Stanley Cup semi final series against the Boston Bruins and scored the game winning goal in double overtime for a 3-2 victory.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 6th 1969, Punch Imlach was fired within minutes of the Leafs final playoff game, a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins culminating a four game sweep at the hands of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and company. The first two games were particularly embarassing with the Bruins whalloping the Leafs 10-0 in game one and 7-0 in game two, both played at the Boston Garden. The Leafs were competitve back at Maple Leaf Gardens for games three and four but still lost both games although only by a single goal 4-3 and 3-2. Imlach and Stafford Smythe had a running feud
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This day in hockey history, April 6th 1980, Gordie Howe scored his final NHL goal during a 5-3 victory by the Hartford Whalers against his original team the Detroit Red Wings. The goal was the 801st of his NHL career which stood as the record until Wayne Gretzky broke it on March 23rd 1994. Gretzky finished with 894 career goals which may never be broken.
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This day in hockey history, April 6th 1980, Ron Duguay scores a goal nine seconds into the game setting a Rangers record for the fastest goal to start a game. The Rangers went on to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 8-3 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, April 6th 1944, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Black hawks 3-1 in game two of the Stanley Cup finals with Maurice Richard scoring three goals for the first of his NHL record three Stanley Cup Finals' hat tricks.

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On April 6th 1957 , the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 5-1 in the first game of the Stanley Cup finals powered by Maurice “Rocket” Richard's four goals which tied the NHL record for most goals in a finals game held jointly by Newsy Lalonde and Ted Lindsay.
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This day in New York Rangers history, April 7th 1928, one of the most famous moments in Stanley Cup history took place when Rangers head coach Lester Patrick puts himself in net following an injury to goaltender Lorne Chabot in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Patrick would lead the Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Maroons on a Frank Boucher game winning overtime goal.
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This day in hockey history, April 7th 1974, Andy Brown was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask when he was in the nets for the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 6-3 loss against the Atlanta Flames.
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This day in hockey history, April 7th 1982, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers 10-8 in Game 1 of the Smythe Division semi-finals setting a playoff record for most goals in a game with 18. Darryl Evans had two goals and two assists while Dave Taylor had one goal and three helpers. Los Aneles victory was a tremendous upset as the Kings were the lowest ranked team to qualify for the playoffs (63 points) and the Oilers were the favoite (111 points) for the Stanley Cup. More surprises were to follow.
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This day in hockey history, April 7th 1988, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 in game 2 of the Norris Division semi-finals setting a playoff scoring record when the two teams combined for six goals in just 10:22. If you had gone to the concession stands or restroom at the wrong time you might have missed all of those goals.
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This day in hockey history, April 7th 1984, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston bruins 5-0 in game 3 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals with Steve Penny earning his first playoff shutout.
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This day in hockey history, April 7th 1985, Mario Lemieux scored a goal for his 100th point of the season He was the third rookie in NHL history to score 100 points (43-5-100) following Peter Stastny (39-70-109 in 1980-81) and Dale Hawerchuk (45-58-103 in 1981-82).
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This day in hockey history, Aprl 7th 1984, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 7-0 in game 3 of the Smythe Division semi finals. Two Vancouver players recorded franchise firsts in that game. Doug Halward scored a hattrick becoming the first defenseman in Canucks history to do so and Richard Brodeur recorded the first playoff shutout in team histor



On this date in hockey history, April 8th 1981, Wayne Gretzky had five helpers during a historic game for the Edmonton Oilers. This was the playoff opener for the second year NHL franchise at the historic Montreal Forum. The Oilers at 29-35-16 for 74 points were an underdog to Montreal which had gone 45-22-13 for 103 points and only 232 goals against, a whopping 103 fewer than the Oilers at 327. This was the showdown between the NHL's marquee player of the 1970's, Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky who at the time still had some doubters as to his legitimacy as an NHL star. Montreal goalie Richard Sevigny predicted that “Lafleur will put Gretzky in his hip pocket”. Instead the Oilers swept Montreal in three games. While they were eliminated in six games by the New York Islanders in the second round, the Oilers had served notice that they would be a force to be reckoned with. Gretzky finished the playoffs scoring 21 points in nine games (7-14-21).
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This day in hockey history, April 8 1984, the Calgary Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 in the fourth game of the 1984 Smythe Division semifinals to sweep the 'Nucks 4-0 with Flames defenseman Paul Reinhart scoring a hat triick. It was Reinhart's second career playoff hat trick, set an NHL record for a defenseman.
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This day in hockey history, April 8th 1994, the New York Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 clinching their second NHL President's Trophy in three years.
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This day in hockey history, April 8th 1993, the Washington Capitals lost 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Sylvain Cote had a single goal, his 20th of the season for Washington as the Capitals became the first team in NHL history to have three defensemen score 20 goals in one season. Cote had 20, Al Iafrete scored 25 and Kevin Hatcher had the most with 34 goals.
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This day in hockey history, April 9th 1942, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals powered by Eddie Bush who set a new NHL record for points by a defenseman in a Stanley Cup finals game with 5 (1-4-5).
Bush's Red Wings blew a 3-0 series lead in that Stanley Cup final to lose the Stanley Cup to Toronto. He played in 26 career NHL games (scoring four goals and 10 points) and 12 playoff games (7 points), but he never scored another point after his record night and played again in the NHL following the 1942 Stanley Cup collapse.
Bush had a long career in professional hockey in the minor leagues and became a legendary junior coach in the Ontario league in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He mad it back tot he NHL as a coach with the Kansas City Scouts in 1975-76.
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This day in hockey history, April 9th 1946, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 6-3 in the fifth game of the finals, to become the 1946 Stanley Cup Champions.Elmer Lach led the way with a goal and added two assists.
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This day in hockey history, April 9th 1980, Gordie Howe scored his last NHL goal, in an 8-4 Whalers' loss at Montreal, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round. Gordie's final tally was his 68th career playoff goal. This game also marked the only time all three NHL Howe's scored a point in the same game with Gordie and Marty each with a goal and assist, and Mark adding two assists.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 9th 1964, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Montreal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. Dave Keon scored all three goals
propelling the Leafs into the finals against the Detroit Red Wings.
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This day in hockey history, April 9th 1987, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles kings 13-3  in game two of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals. Wayne Gretzky had six assists tying the NHL record for most assists in a playoff game, including his 177th career playoff point to move past Jean Beliveau into first place on the all time playoff scoring list, 
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On this date in hockey history, April 10th 1956, the Montreal Canadiens began a streak of five consecutive Stanley Cup championships with a game five 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals. Jean Beliveau led the way for les Canadiens with a goal and two assists.
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This day in hockey history, April 10th 1955, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Montreal on the strength of Gordie Howe scoring the only playoff hat trick of his career.
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This day in hockey history, April 10th 1991, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-1 at Vancouver with Wayne Gretzky scoring his 93rd career playoff goal, the most in NHL history.
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1994 - Buffalo's Dominik Hasek became the first goalie in 20 years to post a goals-against average of under 2.00, after finishing the season with a 1.95 GAA after a 3-2 Sabres' loss to the NY Rangers. 


This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 11th 1956, the Toronto Maple Leafs named Howie Meeker as their new coach replacing King Clancy, who was promoted to assistant GM.
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This day in hockey history, April 11th 1980, Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull appeared in their final NHL games, when the Hartford Whalers lost to Montreal in game three of their best of five preliminary playoff series. The Habs dominated the first two games at the Forum with 6-1- and 8-4 victories. Back on home ice the Whalers put up a stronger performance losing 4-3 in overtime and Montreal swept Hartford 3 games to none.
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This day in hockey history, April 11th 1989, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ron Hextall became the first goalie to score a goal in an NHL playoff game, when he sent the puck flying into an empty net to cap to off an 8-5 victory over the Washington Capitals in Landover Maryland. In 1997, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur joined Hextall in the exclusive club when he scored against the Montreal Canadiens in another first-round. The victory gave the Flyers a 3-2 advantage in the series, and they would go onto win the next game, then knock the Penguins out in a seven game battle before meeting the Montreal Canadiens who knocked them out in six games in the Conference Finals.
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This day in hockey history, April 16th 1939, Roy Conacher a rookie forward became the first player in NHL history to score three consecutive game winning goals in one playoff series, when he got the winner in a 3-1 victory over Toronto to give Boston the 1939 Stanley Cup Championship four games to one. Frank Brimsek held Toronto to just six goals in the 5 games.
It was Boston's first appearance in the Final since 1930 while Toronto had appeared in the 1938 Final. It was Boston's second Stanley Cup championship.This was the first best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 16th 1949, the Toronto Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to win three straight Stanley Cups, with a 5-1 win over Detroit in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals. The 1949 finals was a best of seven series, the second straight final series between Detroit and Toronto. The Leafs won the series in four straight games to win their eighth Stanley Cup in the history of the franchise.

The Leafs also won nine straight Finals games, haven beaten Montreal in game six of the 1947 Finals, plus consecutive sweeps of the Wings in 1948 and 1949. By defeating Detroit, Toronto won the Stanley Cup with a losing record, 22-25-13. The only other team to win the Stanley Cup after finishing the regular season with a losing record was the Chicago Black Hawks, who qualified for the 1938 playoffs with a losing record and ultimately beat Toronto in the Cup Finals three games to one.

Cal Gardner scored the Stanley Cup winning goal at 19:45 of the second period, assisted by Jim Thomson and Bill Ezinicki. The Leafs were a 1940-s dynasty winning the Cup five times during the decade with head coach Hap Day.
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This day in hockey history, April 15th 1952, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 with Metro Prystai scoring twice and adding an assist to earn first star honors. His first goal, scored at 6:50 of the first period at the Detroit Olympia.
was the Stanley Cup-winner.
The Red Wings swept the Canadiens a nd the entire playofs going undefeated 8-0 to win the Stanley Cup. Detroit never surrendered a single goal on home ice and netminder Terry Sawchuk collected four shutouts.
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This day in hockey history, April 18th 1954, the Detroit Red Wings Tony Leswick's goal at 4:29 of overtime gave his team a 2-1 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Finals. It was the Red Wings' second Stanley Cup Championship in three years.
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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, April 16th 1957, Dickie Moore scored the winning goal and added two assists as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 5-1 in game five of the final to win their ninth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
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This day in hockey history, April 16th 1961, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 at Detroit, in game six of the finals to win the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship.
Chicago was making its first finals appearance since 1944 and Detroit its first appearance since 1956; both had lost to the Montreal Canadiens in those previous appearances. The Blackhawks won the series four games to two to win their third Stanley Cup and their first since 1938.
Chicago would then suffer a 49 year Stanley Cup drought not winning again until 2010. This was the only title not won by the Canadiens, Red Wings or Toronto Maple Leafs during the Original Six era.
Two future Hockey Hall of Fame members, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, made their first Stanley Cup appearances. Hull scored two goals in the first game, including the winner, and Mikita scored the winner in game five.
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This day in St. Louis Blues history, April 16th 1972, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota North Stars 2-1 in game seven of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals. Kevin O'Shea assisted by his brother Danny scored at 10:07 of overtime to propel the Blues into the finals. Kevin O'Shea played in only four games during the regular season for the Blues in 1971-72, with no goals or assists. But at 10:07 of overtime in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals, he took a pass from his brother Danny, stepped across the Minnesota blue line and slammed a shot by Cesar Maniago. The puck hit the post, caromed off the handle of Maniago's stick and plopped in the goal for a 2-1 series-deciding win.
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This day in St. Louis Blues history, April 16th 1992, Brett Hull becomes the second player with three straight 70 goal seasons. Hull scores his 70th goal in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota North Stars, joining Wayne Gretzky, who accomplished the feat twice.
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This day in New York Rangers history, April 16th 1992, Brian Leetch scored a goal and three assists to become just the fifth defenseman in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.
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This day in Chicago Blackhawks history, April 16th 1998, Chris Chelios appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game.
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This day in Boston Bruins history, April 18th 1969, the Boston Bruins shutout the Montreal Canadiens 5-0 with Gerry Cheevers in the nets to become the first goaltender in playoff history to get 3 straight shutouts at home.
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This day in hockey history, April 17th 1977, the Los Angeles beat the Boston Bruins 7-4 with Kings' right wing Don Kozak setting an NHL record for fastest goal from start of playoff game, scoring :06 into the game.
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This day in Buffalo Sabres history, the Sabres defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in game three of the Adams Division final with Mike Ramsey becoming the second defenseman in NHL history to score goals in four straight playoff games. The win gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead in the series which they lost in sveen games on brad Parks series winning overtime goal.
Game 1 April 14 Buffalo Sabres 7 Boston Bruins 4
Game 2 April 15 Buffalo Sabres 3 Boston Bruins 5
Game 3 April 17 Boston Bruins 3 Buffalo Sabres 4
Game 4 April 18 Boston Bruins 6 Buffalo Sabres 2
Game 5 April 20 Buffalo Sabres 0 Boston Bruins 9
Game 6 April 22 Boston Bruins 3 Buffalo Sabres 5
Game 7 April 24 Buffalo Sabres 2 Boston Bruins 3 (OT)
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On this date in hockey history, March 17th, 1965, the New York Rangers obtained minor league goaltender Eddie Giacomin in a trade from the Providence Reds of the AHL. Despite suffering serious burns in a kitchen accident, Giacomin began his professional career with the Providence Reds during the 1960–61 season. in those days with only six NHL teams and only six starting goal tending jobs. Giacomin played for the Reds for five seasons. He also played with the Eastern Hockey League's Clinton Comets during the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons.
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On this date in hockey history, April 17th 1981, Dino Ciccarelli of the Minnesota North Stars scored a goal in game three of the Stanley Cup finals during a 7-5 loss to the New York Islanders. The goal was Dino's 21st point in the playoffs which set a new NHL playoff scoring record for rookies, he finished with 14-7-21 totals in 19 playoff games.


Ciccarelli grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Sarnia, Ontario in the Southwestern Ontario Minor Hockey League of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. He made Sarnia's Jr. 'B' hockey team as a 15-year-old in the fall of 1975 and led the team in scoring with 45-43-88 totals in only 40 games.


Dino Ciccarelli and Phil Esposito are both Sarnia Jr. 'B' alumni in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Espo led Sarnia in scoring in 1961. Dino led the OHL in scoring with 72-70-142 totals in 1977-78 for the London Knights but broke his leg and went undrafted in his 1979 draft year. He signed with Minnesota Nhl North Stars as a free agent and went on to score 608 career NHL goals, the most ever by an undrafted draft eligible player.
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This day in hockey history, April 17th 1983, the Edmonton Oilers walloped the Calgary Flames 10-2 at the Saddledome with Wayne Gretzky setting a playoff record for most points in a game, with four goals and three assists for seven points. and he did it in the first two periods, then relaxed in the third. The record was broken in 1988 when Patrick Sundstrom scored eight in a game for New Jersey. Paul Coffey set a Stanley Cup record for defensemen that night scoring a goal in his fifth consecutive playoff game.
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This day in New York Rangers history, April 17th 1994, the Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 6-0, in game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Mark Messier and Sergei Zubov each tally a goal and two assists, while Mike Richter makes 21 saves for the shutout.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 18th 1942, the Detroit Red Wings held a three games to none lead over the Leafs in the Stanley Cup finals and no doubt had visions of a game four presentation of the championship trophy. But the Leafs didn't plan on going down so quickly. Coach Happy Day whose name certainlt was not indicative of his spirit at that time, benched several veteran player including his leading scorer Gordie Drillon and employed a radical new style of play – the dump and chase. The Red Wings had difficulty adapting to the new tactic and the Leafs completed the first comeback down by three games in a seven game series in any major professional sport in North America, and arguably one of the greatest, since it happened in the Finals. Toronto and their goalie Turk Broda allowed just seven goals in those four games they won, including just one in the final two games.

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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, April 18th, 1959, the Habs defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 in game five of the finals to win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup championship.
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This day in hockey history, April 18th 1999, Wayne Gretzky played the final game of his career. He assisted on the Rangers lone goal of the game in a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, finishing with 2,847 career points 943 ahead of Jarmoir Jagr in scond place.
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This day in hockey history, April 18th 1987, the New York Islanders won an epic game seven as Pat Lafontaine scored after 68:47 of overtime for a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. At the Capital Center.

The "Easter Epic" was the sixth longest game in NHL history. Unfortunately for the Islanders, they were eliminated in the next round the Division Finals, in seven games by the Philadelphia Flyers.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 18th 1963 , the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in game five of the finals to win the Stanley Cup championship. Dave Keon scored a pair of shorties to set a playoff record for most shorthanded goals in one game .
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This day in hockey history, April 19th 1962, Chicago's Stan Mikita picked up two assists to set two new playoff records; his 21 points broke Gordie Howe's record of 20 set in 1955 and his 15 assists also set a new record.
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This day in hockey history, April 19th 1970 , Phil Esposito scored a hat trick against his brother Tony as the Bruins won 6-3 at Chicago, in game one of the Stanley Cup semi finals.
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This day in hockey history, April 19th 1951, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in game four of the Stanley Cup finals at the Forum in Montreal with Harry Watson scoring the game winning goal in overtime. Toronto took the series in five games to win the 1951 Stanley Cup championship.
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This day in hockey history, April 19th 1947 , in game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals a 21 year old Ted Kennedy scored the game winning goal along with an assist propelling the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and the 1947 Stanley Cup Championship.
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This day in hockey history, April 24th, it was game five of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals and the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers set an NHL playoff record by combining for  nine goals in one period. The Rangers scoring six and the Flyers three in the third. The Rangers won the game 8-3. and took the series in five games.


This day in New York Rangers history, April 23rd 1997, Wayne Gretzky records a natural hat trick in a span of 6:23 during the second period of game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Florida Panthers in a 3-2 win.
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This day in hockey history, April 24th 1991, the Minnesota North Stars and the St. Louis Blues met in game four of the Noriss division semi finals. Each team scored four power play goals to set an NHL record for the most power play goals in a game with eight. Minnesota won the game 8-4.
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May Day! May Day! Shouted Buffalo Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret when Brad May beat all star defenseman Ray Bourque and scored the overtime series winner against the Boston Bruins on this day in hockey history, April 24th 1993.
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This day in hockey history, April 24th, it was game five of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals and the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers set an NHL playoff record by combining for nine goals in one period. The Rangers scoring six and the Flyers three in the third. The Rangers won the game 8-3. and took the series in five games.
This was an interesting matchup as the Flyers usually made mincemeat out of the Rangers in the playoffs. But the Rangers had lured Flyers coach Fred Shero, back to the organization with which he played 145 games on the blueline. Shero, who resigned with a year left on his contract after the Flyers were eliminated by the Bruins in the semis of the 77-78 playoffs, inked a five-year deal with the Rangers to be coach and GM. The Flyers, however, never accepted Shero’s resignation and considered tampering charges against the Rangers, who gave Philly their first-round pick in 1978 and cash as compensation. The Flyers used the pick on Ken "The Rat" Linesman, a speedy, and skilled and annoying center who haunted the Rangers for seasons to come. The Flyers wouldn't have to wait long to get their revenge in the 1981 playoffs.
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April 25, 1964 – The Leafs beat the Red Wings 4-0 in Game 7 of the Finals to give Toronto their third-straight Cup. Johnny Bower became the first goaltender record a shutout in Game 7 of the Finals. Now that’s an old-time hockey name.

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On this date in hockey history, April 25th 1975, the New York Islanders equaled the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs record by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 in game seven of the Quarterfinals to become the second team in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to win a series after losing the first three games. Ed Westfall had the game's only goal while rookie Glenn Resch stopped 30 shots for the Islanders first ever playoff shutout. Resch became the first rookie goaltender to ever shutout an playoff opponent in a seventh game. The Penguins had outplayed the Isles in the first two periods but couldn't beat Resch. Coach Al Arbour said of his players, “We were down 3-0 here and they wrote us off, which just proves what great players we have here. They never heard of the word quit.”
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This day in hockey history, April 25th 1966, the fourth NHL amateur draft was held in Montreal It consisted of four rounds for the six participating teams. So 24 players were chosen with Barry Gibbs going first to the Boston Bruins. The first 22 drafts were held in Montreal, and the first 10 of them at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
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This day in hockey history, April 30th 1986, one of the all time great mistakes gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers game seven of the Smythe Division finals. Edmonton's Steve Smith mad a cross ice pass coming out of his own zone which defelected off the foot of a wandering Grant Fuhr into the Oilers net for the series winning goal. Smith collapsed to the ice in disbelief while the hometwon fans were stunned into silence and the Flames in their blood red jerseys celebrated their good fortune.




Years later Smith's young daughter asked him innocently, ‘Daddy, did you ever put the puck in the other net, like, by accident?’” Smith replied ‘Yep, I did, actually.’ She said “Did they count it? They shouldn't have counted it.”

To make matters even worse, it was Smith's birthday. But the then rookie never let that mistake define his career. When the Oilers won the Cup the enxt eyar, the first player Captain Wayne Gretzky handed the trophy to was Smith who went on to enjoy a 15 year career as one of the games top defensemen. Ironically he concluded his career with three season in Calgary from 1998-99 to 2000-01.

Even one of his opponents is quick to voice displeasure that the one series his Flames won over the Oilers in their five playoff meetings between 1983 and 1991 is now remembered for the one goal they didn’t score themselves.

“Everyone talks about the Steve Smith goal, they forget it was a seven game series,” said Flames legend Lanny McDonald. “We had to find a way to win three other games. If that happened in Game 3 or 4, no one would be talking about it. They’d be talking about what an unbelievable series it was.
“And it was.”

That loss in ‘86 interrupted two straight Oilers Stanley Cup championships, which were followed by another pair in ’87 and ’88 before the Flames won their one and only Cup in ’89. The Oilers won it again in 1990.

“When you look back and you think about the Battle of Alberta ... Every time you went into that building, you knew you were going to shed some blood and hopefully you were going to take some with you,” Smith said.

“It was such a good thing for the game, for the city, for the sport,” McDonald said. “If you couldn’t get up for a game against Edmonton, something was wrong.



This day in hockey history, May 1st 1965, goaltender Gump Worsley and the Montreal Canadiens shutout the Chicago Black Hawks 4-0 in game seven of the finals to win the Stanley Cup championship. Gumper's whitewash was only the second shutout in a game seven of the finals in league history. Also, Montreal’s Jean Beliveau became the first winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.



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