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.
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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 1926, Nels Stewart scored two goals as Montreal Maroons defeated the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League 2-0 to win their first Stanley Cup championship. Clint Benedict was in goal earning his with his third shutout of the final, a 2-0 win and Stewart scored six time in the four game series.

This was the last time the Stanley Cup was awarded before the NHL took control of the trophy effective the next season.

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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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On this date in Montreal Canadiens history, April 6th, 1944, The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in game two of the Stanley Cup finals as Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored a hat trick. Richard scored an NHL recored three hat tricks in the Stanley Cup finals.

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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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On this date in Montreal Canadiens history, April 6th 1957, Maurice Richard scored four goals in game one of the Stanley Cup finals, leading Montreal Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. Richard shares the record for most goals in a finals game with Newsy Lalonde and Ted Lindsay.

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This day in hockey history, April 6th 1965, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens in game three of their Stanley Cup semi final series. Dave Keon scored the winning goal at 4:17.

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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 Toronto Maple Leafs history,April 6th 1972, the Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in game two of their Stanley Cup quarter final series. Dave Keon led the scoring with a goal and two assists.
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This day in hockey history, April 6th 1974, the New York Islanders defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4-2 as Denis Potvin scored a goal and three assists in the final game of the season, to give him NHL records for most goals (17), assists (54), and points (71) by a rookie defenseman. Billy Harris scored his second career hat trick.
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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, the Hartford Whalers defeated the Detroit Red Wing 5-3. Blaine Stoughton picked up an assist to become the second player in Whalers history to get 100 points in a season. It was the only 100 point season of Stoughton's career.

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This day in hockey history, April 6th 1980, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs -3 at the Aud in Buffalo. Danny Gare scored two goals to finish the regular season with 56 goals, tied for the league lead with Blaine Stoughton of the Hartford Whalers and Charlie Simmer of the Los Angleles Kings.
Gare also led the league with 11 game winning goals. He was the first Sabre to lead the league in any scoring category.



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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Hockey History April 6




1950, Goaltender Turk Broda recorded his third shutout in five games (and the 11th of his playoff career) in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-0 win over the Red Wings, at Detroit in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.




1965, Dave Keon scored the winning goal at 4:17 of overtime to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Canadiens in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals, in Toronto.




1972, Toronto's Dave Keon scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win in overtime, at Boston in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.




1974, Jean Pronovost scored twice and added three assists in the Penguins' 6-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, at the Civic Arena.




1974, Rookie Denis Potvin scored a goal and three assists in the final game of the season, to give him NHL records for most goals (17), assists (54), and points (71) by a rookie defenseman. Islanders won 4-2 over the Minnesota North Stars in New York. Billy Harris scored his second career hat trick as New York won 4-2 over the visiting Minnesota North Stars.




1974, Ken Hodge became the third player in Boston Bruins history to score 50 goals in a season. The milestone came in a 6-3 loss at Montreal.




1975, Tony Esposito became Chicago's All Time leader in shutouts, when the 52nd of his NHL career gave the Black Hawks a 3-0 win over the visiting Minnesota North Stars. Esposito replaced Glenn Hall, who had 51 shutouts in his career with Chicago.




1978, Rene Robert became just the third player in Buffalo history to score 200 goals with the Sabres; the milestone came in a 5-2 win over the Bruins, in Boston.




1978, Bernie Parent recorded his 50th NHL career shutout in the Flyers 3-0 win over the Rangers at the Spectrum. Parent became the 16th goalie in NHL history to record 50 career shutouts. Ross Lonsberry scored his 200th career goal in the game.




1979, Ron Sedlbauer became the first 40-goal scorer in Vancouver history as the Canucks finished their ninth season with a 2-2 tie against the Minnesota North Stars.




1980, Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto 7-3 at Aud, to clinch the #2 spot in NHL's overall standings. The Sabres also finished the regular season with club record 14 game unbeaten streak (8-0-6).




1983, Barry Pederson scored twice, including the winner at 1:46 of overtime and added an assist as the Bruins won 4-3 against the visiting Quebec Nordiques, in Game 1 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.




1985, Islanders' Clark Gillies scored twice to become the third player in franchise history to score 300 goals. The milestone goals (along with an assist) came as New York tied 5-5 with the visiting New Jersey Devils.




1988, Glenn Anderson scored three goals and added two assists, and Mark Messier scored a goal and picked up three assists as the Oilers won 7-4 over the visiting Winnipeg Jets, in Game 1 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals.


1988, Brett Hull scored twice in his first Stanley Cup playoff game with the Blues, a 4-1 win over Chicago in Game 1 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.

1988, Pat LaFontaine scored twice, including the winning goal at 6:11 of overtime to lead the Islanders to a 4-3 win against the visiting Devils, in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals. LaFontaine also picked up an assist in the game. Islanders' Denis Potvin broke Henri Richard's NHL record for career playoff games played, when Potvin appeared in #181 of his career. Pat LaFontaine scored at 6:11 of overtime to lead the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the visiting NJ Devils.

1989, Steve Yzerman scored his first career playoff hat trick as the Red Wings lost 5-4 in overtime to Chicago, in Game 2 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.


1989, Chris Kontos scored his first career NHL hat trick to lead the Kings to a 5-2 win over the Oilers, in Game Two of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals, at the Forum. The victory tied the playoff series at 1-1.

1989, Brian Propp's second goal of the game with 51 seconds remaining capped Flyers three-goal third period comeback for a 3-2 win at Washington in Game Two of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals.

1991, Chicago's Jeremy Roenick scored a goal and added three assists as the Blackhawks won 5-2 over the visiting Minnesota North Stars, in Game 2 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.

1997, Keith Tkachuk scored his 50th goal of the season in a 2-1 Coyotes loss at Colorado. It was his 2nd straight 50-goal season, and he became the first Phoenix Coyote to score 50 goals in a season.
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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

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Famous events from April 7th;


1943, Don Grosso scored a hat trick and goaltender Johnny Mowers recorded his first career playoff shutout to lead the Red Wings to a 4-0 win over the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Boston. Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 4 straight games.

1955, Montreal's Bernie Geoffrion scored a hat trick to lead the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, at the Forum. The win ended Detroit's NHL record 15 game winning streak.

1960, In Game One of of the Stanley Cup Finals, Maurice Richard extended his all-time record of Stanley Cup appearances to 12, as the Canadiens won 4-2 over the Maple Leafs in Montreal. Henri Richard led the scoring with a goal and 3 assists.

1963, Chicago's Bobby Hull scored three goals and added an assist, in the Black Hawks' 7-4 playoff loss in game six of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals at Detroit.

1974, Bobby Orr scored twice and added four assists in a 6-4 Bruins' win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the fourth six-point game of Orr's career. Wayne Cashman scored his 4th career hat trick and added two assists.




1974, Buffalo's Rick Martin became the first player in Sabres history to score 50 goals in a season, when his three goals at the Aud in Buffalo gave the Sabres a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. It was the 7th hat trick of Martin's NHL career.




1974, Bill Barber scored his first career hat trick and added an assist and Bobby Clarke had three assists in the Flyers 6-2 win over the Minnesota North Stars at the Spectrum.

1979, Darryl Sittler picked up four assists as the Maple Leafs won 6-2 over the Sabres, in Toronto.

1979, Montreal's Guy Lafleur scored twice and added four assists, and Pierre Mondou recorded his second career hat trick and picked up an assist as the Canadiens won 10-3 against the visiting Washington Capitals.

1985, Toronto's John Anderson extended his team-record goal scoring streak to 10 straight games, in a 5-1 Maple Leafs' loss at Boston.

1993, Penguins tied an NHL record with their 15th straight victory, a 4-3 overtime win over the Canadiens, at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. Rick Tocchet scored his 11th career hat trick and added an assist to reach the 100 point mark on the season.


1993, Goaltender Tom Barrasso played in his 500th career NHL game as the Penguins won 4-3 in OT over the Canadiens.

1996, Anaheim's Paul Kariya scored a goal and three assists in the second period to give him 101 points for the season as the Mighty Ducks won 5-3, at San Jose. Kariya became the first player from any of the five recent expansion teams to score 100 pts.

2002, Jarome Iginla scored twice to become the first (and only) 50-goal scorer of the 2001-02 season, in the Flames 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks at Chicago. Iginla reached the 50-goal plateau for the first time in his career.

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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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This day in hockey history, April 11th 1936, led by coach Jack Adams the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 to win the best of five series three games to one and win their first Stanley Cup championship. With the win the Red Wings became the last of the so called original six teams to win the Stanley Cup championship. they may have been the last, but they now have the second most Cups in league history.

The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success." The league's Coach of the Year award has been presented 40 times to 34 coaches. The winner is selected by a poll of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association at the end of the regular season.

Five coaches have won the award twice, while Pat Burns has won three times, the most of any coach. Jacques Demers is the only coach to win the award in consecutive seasons.

Five coaches have won the award with two teams: Jacques Lemaire, Pat Quinn, Scotty Bowman, and John Tortorella have won the award twice, while Pat Burns is the only coach to win three times.

The franchises with the most Jack Adams Award winners are the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes with four winners each, although the Coyotes had two winners in Winnipeg before they moved to Arizona.

Bill Barber, Bruce Boudreau and Ken Hitchcock are the only coaches to win the award after replacing the head coach who started the season. Barber took over for Craig Ramsay during the Flyers' 2000–01 season, Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon a month into the Capitals' 2007–08 season while Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne a month into the Blues' 2011–12 season. The closest vote occurred in 2006, when the winner Lindy Ruff edged out Peter Laviolette by a single point.
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On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 11th 1964, in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals the Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 with Bob Pulford getting the game winning goal with two seconds left in the third period, setting a record for the latest game winning goal in regulation time in Stanley Cup history. This was the series made famous by Bobby Baun scoring the OT winner in game six while playing on a broken ankle. Ironically, Johnny McMillan played for the Wings and lost to te Leafs in that series in '64 after playing for the Leafs and defeating Detroit in the '63 finals.
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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 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 with Yvon Lambert scoring at 0:29 of overtime for the win. Montreal swept Hartford 3 games to none in the best of five preliminary round.
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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. 
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This day in hockey history, April 10th 1993, the San Diego Gulls of the IHL became the first team in pro hockey to win 61 games in a season, with a 5-1 win over Salt Lake. The Gulls (61-11-8) broke the mark of 60 set by Montreal in 1976-77.
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Other memorable momemts from April 10th:


1954, Detroit goaltender Terry Sawchuk recorded his 8th career playoff shutout as the Red Wings won 2-0 at Montreal, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, to give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead in the series.


1966, Roger Crozier recorded the only shutout of his playoff career, and Gordie Howe had a goal and 3 assists as Detroit had a 7-0 win at Chicago, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals, in the first nationally televised hockey game in U.S. history.


1971, Goaltender Ernie Wakely had 29 saves in the only shutout of his playoff career in the St. Louis Blues' 3-0 playoff win over the North Stars in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals, at Minnesota.




1973, In Buffalo's first playoff overtime game Gilbert Perrault had three assists and Rene Robert added two goals and an assist, including the game winner at 9:18 of overtime to give Sabres a 3-2 win at Montreal, in Game 5 of the Quarter-Finals.




1974, Goaltender Gilles Gilbert made 35 saves to record his first career playoff shutout to lead the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Maple Leafs, in Boston in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.




1982, Thomas Gradin scored twice to lead the Canucks to a 3-1 win at Calgary, in Game 3 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals. With the first playoff series win in team history, Vancouver advanced to the Division Finals vs the Kings.




1982, L.A. Kings staged their famous "Miracle on Manchester", scoring 5 goals in the third period to tie the Oilers, then winning 6-5 on an overtime goal by Daryl Evans. The win gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in the best of 5 series vs Edmonton.




1982, Rick Kehoe scored at 4:14 of overtime (after picking up an earlier assist) as the Penguins beat the Islanders, 2-1 in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals, in Pittsburgh.




1982, Buffalo's Gil Perreaut had four assists in the Sabres' 5-2 playoff victory over Boston, in Game 3 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.




1982, Quebec's Dale Hunter scored both goals as the Nordiques won 2-1 over the visiting Montreal Canadiens, in Game 3 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.




1983, NY Islanders defeated Washington 6-3 in the fourth (and final) game of their Patrick Division Semi-Final series, as Mike Bossy scored his third career playoff hat trick.




1988, Brent Sutter scored twice, including just the second shorthanded overtime goal in NHL playoff history (at 15:07 of overtime), to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win at New Jersey, in Game 4 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals.




1988, Goaltender Daren Puppa won his first career NHL playoff game when the Sabres won 6-5 in overtime over the visiting Boston Bruins, in Game 4 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.

Buffalo's John Tucker became the first player in NHL history to get an OT goal and a penalty shot goal in the same playoff year, when he scored in a 6-5 OT win over Boston, one night after scoring a penalty shot goal for the Sabres.




1988, Rookie Tony Hrkac set a Blues' team playoff record, with four goals in a 6-5 St. Louis win at Chicago, in Game 4 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals. Hrkac had scored only 11 goals during the 1987-88 regular season.




1988, Stephane Richer scored twice and added two assists, as the Canadiens lost 7-5 to the Whalers at Hartford, in Game 4 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.

1993, Pro hockey's first female goalie Manon Rheaume played her first complete pro game, an 8-6 Atlanta Knights' loss to Cincinnati. Rheaume made 22 saves in the game.

1993, The San Diego Gulls of the IHL became the first team in pro hockey to win 61 games in a season, with a 5-1 win over Salt Lake. The Gulls (61-11-8) broke the mark of 60 set by Montreal in 1976-77.

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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 1971, the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens in game four of their quarter finals series. Bobby Orr became the first defenseman since 1922 to score a hat trick in the playoffs.

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This day in hockey history. April 11th 1975, sudden death came to the New York Rangers faster than any other time in Stanley Cup playoff history.

After rallying with three goals in a frantic third period to tie the Islanders at 3‐3, the Rangers lost after 11 seconds of overtime. J. P. Parise's goal won the game, 4‐3, and eliminated the Rangers, two games to one in the best of three preliminary round series.

The Rangers had played stunningly in erasing a 3‐0 deficit. However, the Islander center, Jude Drouin, won the first face‐off of the overtime period from Jean Ratelle tipped the puck to Dave Lewis, who slipped it back to Drouin. Then Drouin whipped a pass across the crease where Parise poked it past Ed Giacomin, the goalie.

The record goal, beating Pit Martin's 12 second overtime score in 1972 when Chicago beat. Pittsburgh, stunned the Madison Square Garden crowd. Screaming, clapping, stomping their feet and going wild, they had watched the Rangers steal the Islanders' momentum in the final 15 minutes of regulation time on Billy Fairbairn's two goals and the tying score by Steve Vickers.

The last two had come within 14 seconds of each other, nullifying the first two periods, in which the Islanders built their lead around Clark Gillies's goal and two tallies by Denis Potvin, their, all‐star defenseman.

If you had written a script for the game, it couldn't have been any better,” said Eddie Westfall, the Islander captain.

“You have to give them credit,” said Giacomin, who replaced Gilles Villemure, the starting goalie, in the middle of the second period. “Billy Smith, their goalie, was the key to the game, and all the Islanders and Al Arbour, their coach, did a helluva job. They, should have been demoralized by what we did to them last night, but they forgot all about it.

Unlike the 8‐3 penalty filled Ranger victory in game two at Nassau Coliseum, this game featured the finest finesse of both teams, plus the superior checking upon which success depends. Though the Rangers did most of the attacking, the Islanders were the opportunistic ones, capitalizing on a speedy dash by a rookie, Bob Bourne, to set up the first score in the first period.

Bourne swept down the middle of the ice and passed to Gillies when Brad Park and Ron Harris converged on him. Gillies beat Villemure from 25 feet.

Then in a reversal of the night before, the three‐year‐old Islanders scored on a power play and a shorthanded goal, both by Denis Potvin in the second period. Coach Emile Francis substituted Giacomin for Villemure at this point, and a betting man wouldn't have given a nickel for the Rangers' chances at that moment.

Giacomin's first act was “to stir up the team.” When Garry Howatt ran Into him in the crease near the end of the second period, Giacomin began pushing him and then butted the Islander forward with his stick. When this didn't bring any retaliation, Giacomin leaped on Howatt's back and began pummeling him. Still, Howatt didn't return any blows, as he sought wisely to let Bruce Hood, the referee, deal out some Ranger penalties.

But Hood was out of position and he penalized Howatt anyhow, also giving Giacomin two penalties and sending Pete Stemkowski of the Rangers out of the game for having been third man in a fight.

The Giacomin strategy seemed to work, for the Rangers came out fired up for the third period and swarmed round Smith until they ha dthe score tied. Sevseral times they nearly had a fourth goal as the Islanders Were confused and bewildered.

Smith kept them in the game with, fine saves, however, and when the buzzer ended the third period, the tense goalie hung his head On the top of the cage and appeared to shake.

Suddenly, it was overtime, then just as suddenly it was over and the teams were in line shaking hands. The last hockey game of the season at the Garden turned out to be the most exciting of the 42 held there.

Game Summary:

FIRST PERIOD—1, Islanders, Gillies 2 (Boumer Marshall), 16:00. Penalties—Irvine, NYR, 7:46; Gilles, NYI, 12:17.

SECOND PERIOD—2, Islanders, D. Potvin 1 (J. Potvin, Nystron), 8:26. 3, Islanders, D. Potvin 2 (Henning), 12:51. Penalties—Howatt, NYI, 3:36; D. Polvin, NYI, 5:08; Fairbairn, NYR, 5:03; Greschner, NYR, 6:30; Hart, NYI, 11:32; Lewis, NYI, minor‐major. 12:44; Butler, NYR, minor malor, 12:44; R. Harris, NYR, 14:20; Homatt, NYI, 17:34; Glacomin, NYR, double minor, served by Beverly, 17:34; Stemigowski, NYR, same misconduct, 17:34.

THIRD PERIOD—4, Rangers, Fairbairn 3 (Tkaczuk, Greschner), 4:44. 5, Rangers, Fairbairn (Vickers, Park), 13:27. 6, Rangers, Vickers 2 (Retell., Gilbert), 13:41. Penalties—Howatl, NYI, 1:39; Hart, NYI, 12:47.

OVERTIME—7, Islanders, Parise (Drovin) 0:11. Penalties—None. Shots on goal—Islanders 8 13‐4 1–26. Rangers 15 11–14 0–40. Goalies—Islanders, Smith. Rangers, Villernure, Giacomin. A—17 500
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This day in hockey history, April 11th 1975, the Chicago Black Hawks beat the Boston Bruins 6-4 in game three of their best of five preliminary round series Tony Esposito set a Chicago playoff record with 52 saves.The Black Hawks eliminated the Bruins, two games to one.

This series marked the Bruins debut of lightweight mesh jerseys with screened on striping and logo. These jerseys were introduced for comfort in the hot springtime Boston Garden. The jerseys were reportedly burned after the series and were never seen again.

The infamous jersey is seen in Orr's 1975 hockey card.
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his day in hockey history, April 11th 1978, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Atlanta Flames 5-3 at Atlanta in game one of their preliminary round playoff series. Vaclav Nedomansky scored a goal and two assists in the first period.
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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 1981, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens 6-2 in game three of their preliminary round playoff series. Wayne Gretzky scored the first hat trick in Oilers playoff history, and added an assist.

According to hockey lore, Canadiens goaltender Sevigny was quoted as saying that Guy Lafleur would have Wayne Gretzky in his back pocket during the 1981 playoffs, a quote that motivated the Oilers team to victory over the fabled Habs
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This day in hockey history, April 11th 1975, the WHA New England Whalers and Minnesota Fighting Saints engaged in one of hockeys alll time classic brawls. It's the "Brawl in the Mall" and it is one of the classic moments in hockey history. As Bob Neumeier says, "I've seen many a nasty brawl, but never one as vicious and as long as this one."

The fans were treated to a main event like no other, a 32 minute second period brawl so intense that players were fighting whoever they could reach, however they could reach them, including on the team benches and in the penalty box.

Minnesota coach Harry Neale recalled " It was early in the second period (1:10) and we had nothing going. I put out the BBC Line, (Bill Butters, Curt Brackenbury and Jack Carlson) and they, well, they got something going. Butters was regularly a defenseman but on this occasion I used him up front. It took Larry Pleau about two years to forgive me, but he finally did."

The commentators can actually be heard calling the fight "the good guys in white, and the bad guys in blue." Moments later they can be heard splitting up the view of the ice: "Bob you you watch the left-hand boards, I'll watch the right, and we'll just kind of override each other." The goalies Al Smith and John Garrett were fighting at center ice, even though Garrett wouldn't take off his mask. Even team trainers Glenn Gostick and Joe Altott were chirping each other.

The main event was a classic heavyweight battle between Nick Fotiu and Jack Carlson, one of the legendary Hanson brothers of Slapshot fame. A WHA penalty record was established, with 41 penalties totaling 217 minutes.

Fotiu ended up jumping onto the Saints' bench to fight Carlson a second time. As he later recalled,"It was one wild brawl, one of the wildest I had been in or would be in no question about it. One thing though that scared me more than anything else. If I could have, during that second fight with Jack Carlson, I would have killed him. I was that mad. We had gone through the door at the Minnesota players bench and I was fighting him in there and I wanted to kill him, seriously."

The brawl went on so long that fans began throwing things on the ice to get it to stop.

Although the Whalers went on to win this game 3-2 in overtime, they ultimately lost the series in six games. The Saints were eliminated in the next round, 4-2, by the Nordiques.

Unbelievably, the teams shared a charter plane back to St. Paul after the game.
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This day in hockey history, April 11th 1981, the New York Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 10-3 in game three of their preliminary round playoff series. The Blueshirts set a team playoff record for most shots in a game. Ron Greschner and Don Maloney each had a goal and three assists.
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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 12th 1938, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in game four of the Stanley Cup finals, to win the 1938 Stanley Cup championship. Eight American born players skated for Chicago, as they won their second Stanley Cup.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1941, the Boston Bruins topped the Detorit Red Wings 3-1 to complete their four game sweep of the 1941 series. This was the first time since the NHL adopted the best of seven finals format in 1939, a team won the Stanley Cup in four straight games.

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1945, Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie goalie Frank McCool set a new Stanley Cup record with his third consecutive playoff shutout, 1-0 over Detroit, as Toronto moved to within one game of sweeping Detroit. Leafs won the series in seven games.

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1952, Ted Lindsay scored the winning goal 43 seconds into the second period, to give the Red Wings a 2-1 playoff win over the Canadiens, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Montreal.

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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1960, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in game three of the Stanley Cup finals with Maurice the "Rocket" Richard scoring his 82nd NHL playoff goal. This was the last playoff goal of his career.
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On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 11th 1964, in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals the Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 with Bob Pulford getting the game winning goal with two seconds left in the third period, setting a record for the latest game winning goal in regulation time in Stanley Cup history. This was the series made famous by Bobby Baun scoring the OT winner in game six while playing on a broken ankle. Ironically, Johnny McMillan played for the Wings and lost to te Leafs in that series in '64 after playing for the Leafs and defeating Detroit in the '63 finals.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1970, Goaltender Cesare Maniago recorded a shutout to lead Minnesota to a 4-0 playoff win over the visiting St. Louis Blues, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals. Maniago became the first North Stars' goalie to get a shutout in the playoffs.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1986, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Canucks 5-1 at Vancouver with Wayne Gretzky picking up career playoff assists 102 and 103 to pass moving him into first place on the all time NHL playoff assist list past the Islanders' Denis Potvin.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1986, the New York Islanders lost 5-3 to the Washington Capitals as Mike Bossy passed Maurice Richard's NHL record of 82 with his 83rd career playoff goal.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1992, Brett Hull became the third fastest 300 goal scorer in NHL history after Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, scoring his 500th career point in a 1-1 tie between the St Louis Blues and the Minnesota North Stars.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1993, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 1-0 at the Spectrum with Mark Recchi setting a team record with his 120th point when he assisted on Greg Hawgood's goal.

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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1994, The Dallas Stars defeated the St Louis Blues 9-5 as two players scored their 50th goals of the season. Mike Modano became the first player in Stars history to score 50 goals while Brendan Shanahan had his 50th for the Blues.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1996, The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 with Keith Tkachuk scoring his 50th goal of the a season with an empty net goal with one second left on the clock.
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This day in hockey history, April 12th 1996, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 setting an NHL record with their 61st win of the year. Detroit broke Montreal's record of 60 set in 1976-77.

On December 2, 1995 the Red Wings played at the Montreal Forum and dealt Tremblay's Montreal Canadiens their worst home game in franchise history, with an 11–1 win. The Habs' star goaltender Patrick Roy allowed nine goals on 26 shots (five in the first period, and then another four in the second period), and the crowd jeered him whenever he made an easy save during the second period after the game was already 7–1 in favor of the Red Wings. In response, Roy raised his arms in mock celebration.

When Head Coach Mario Tremblay finally pulled Roy in the middle of the second period in favor of Pat Jablonski (who allowed two more goals), Roy stormed past him and told Canadiens President Ronald Corey, "It's my last game in Montreal."

Tremblay would be roundly criticized for the goaltender decision, as it violated an unwritten rule where a star goaltender would have been taken out of the game on an off-night. Ironically, Roy would be traded to the Colorado Avalanche after that game, and he would play a key role in eliminating the Red Wings during the Western Conference Finals, precipitating the Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry.

While this Wings team is remembered for its record breaking regular season, it performed poorly in the playoffs. Detroit lost five games to Winnipeg and St. Louis, both teams that failed to get above 80 points in the regular season, including having to go to a decisive game seven against St. Louis. They were ultimately upset by Colorado, winning only two of the six games in the series, and failed to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
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More events from Hockey History on April 12th


1938, Chicago beat Toronto 4-1 in Game 4 of the Finals, to win the 1938 Stanley Cup Championship. Eight American born players skated for Chicago, as they won their second Stanley Cup.

1941, For the first time since the NHL adopted the best of seven finals format in 1939, a team won the Stanley Cup in four straight games. Boston topped Detroit 3-1 to complete their four game sweep of the 1941 series.

1945, Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie goalie Frank McCool set a new Stanley Cup record with his third consecutive playoff shutout, 1-0 over Detroit, as Toronto moved to within one game of sweeping Detroit. Leafs won the series in seven games.

1952, Ted Lindsay scored the winning goal 43 seconds into the second period, to give the Red Wings a 2-1 playoff win over the Canadiens, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Montreal.

1953, Goaltender Gerry McNeil recorded his third career playoff shutout and Ken Mosdell had a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 3-0 playoff win over the Bruins at Boston, in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1962, Former NHL left winger Carl Mokosak born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

1970, Goaltender Cesare Maniago recorded a shutout to lead Minnesota to a 4-0 playoff win over the visiting St. Louis Blues, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals. Maniago became the first North Stars' goalie to get a shutout in the playoffs.

1973, Philadelphia advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time, with a 4-1 win over the North Stars at Minnesota, in Game 6 of the Quarter-Finals. Ross Lonsberry led the Flyers with two goals and an assist.

1979, the Toronto Maple Leafs set a Stanley Cup Playoff record for fastest three goals by a team. Darryl Sittler (two) and Ron Ellis scored within :23 in the first period of a 7-4 win over the Atlanta Flames, in Game 2 of their Preliminary Round series. Darryl Sittler scored twice and added two assists. Toronto advanced to the Quarter-Finals vs Montreal.

1980, Alex McKendry scored two goals and an assist in the final period, and goaltender Billy Smith recorded his second career playoff shutout to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-0 win at Los Angeles, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round.

1981, Pittsburgh Penguins beat St. Louis 6-3, in Game Four of the Preliminary Round in Pittsburgh. Mike Bullard and Randy Carlyle each scored twice and had an assist for the Penguins.

1986, Lanny McDonald scored at 8:25 of overtime to give the Flames a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets, in Game 3 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals in Calgary.

1986, Bernie Federko scored two goals (including the game winner) and added an assist as the Blues won 4-3 over the Minnesota North Stars in Game Three of the Norris Division Semi-Finals, in St. Louis.

1986, Jim Wiemer, Bob Brooke, and Ron Greschner scored goals within :38 during the third period to lead the Rangers to a 5-2 win over Philadelphia in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals.

1986, New York Islanders' Mike Bossy scored his 83rd career playoff goal to break Maurice Richard's long held NHL record of 82. #83 came in a 3-1 Islanders' loss to Washington, in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals.


1987, Ron Greschner picked up three assists to lead the Rangers to a 6-3 win over the Flyers, at MSG in Game 4 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals.

1987, Quebec's Michel Goulet scored three goals and added an assist as the Nordiques won 4-1 over the visiting Hartford Whalers, in Game 4 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.

1988, St. Louis rookie Brett Hull scored his 6th playoff goal in 5 games (and his third game winner) as the Blues beat Chicago 5-3, to win the Norris Division Semi-Finals in five games. Hull finished the game with two goals and an assist.

1988, Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scored a goal and added four assists, and Jari Kurri and Mark Messier each had two goals and two assists as the Oilers won 6-2 against the visiting Winnipeg Jets, in Game 5 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals.

1990, Calgary's Joe Nieuwendyk scored a goal and added three assists as the Flames won 5-1 over the visiting Los Angeles Kings, in Game 5 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals.


1991, Wayne Gretzky had four assists to give him 200 in his playoff career. His milestone came as the Kings beat Vancouver 7-4, in Game 5 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals.

1991, Minnesota's Jon Casey recorded his second career playoff shutout, and Brian Bellows picked up four assists as the North Stars scored five power play goals in a 6-0 win at Chicago, in Game 5 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.

1991, The Red Wings and Blues set NHL records for most penalties in a playoff game (66), most penalties by a team in one game (33 each), most penalty minutes in a game (298) and most PIM by one team (Red Wings: 152), in a 6-1 Blues' win.

1992, Dale Hawerchuk picked up three assists to give him 71 for the year, breaking the team record of 69, set by Gilbert Perreault, in a 3-1 Sabres' win over Montreal.

1992, Wayne Gretzky had four assists to lead the Kings to a 6-1 win over the Canucks, at Vancouver.

1994, Mike Modano became the first player in Dallas Stars history to score 50 goals in a season. The milestone, along with three assists came in a 9-5 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.


1994, Los Angeles' Dave Taylor announced his retirement after 17 years with the Kings. Two days later he took the opening face-off in his 1,111th (and final) game at the Forum against Edmonton.

1994, Brendan Shanahan scored his 4th hat trick of the season (and the 6th of his career), which gave him 50 goals for the second straight year, as the Blues lost 9-5 to the Stars at Dallas. Shanahan also got his 100th point of the season.

1994, Dave Gagner had four goals for his 4th career hat trick and an assist and Gino Cavallini added a goal and four assists in the Stars' 9-5 win against the Blues, in Dallas.

1997, Ottawa's Ron Tugnutt recorded his 5th career shutout & Steve Duchesne scored the only goal of the game in the 3rd period as the Senators won 1-0 over the visiting Buffalo Sabres. The win clinched the Senators 1st playoff berth in their 5th season

1999, Vancouver goalie Garth Snow made 41 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season (tying a team record set by Gary Smith) in the Canucks' 2-0 win at Calgary.

1999, Islanders' Felix Potvin tied a 27-year-old team record with 55 saves as New York won 4-2 at New Jersey.

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More events Hockey History April 13

1937, Back-up minor league goalie Earl Robertson (in his 4th NHL game) recorded the shutout, and Marty Barry scored the only goal in the third period as the Red Wings won 1-0 over the visiting Rangers, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1939, Rookie Roy Conacher scored twice and rookie goalie Frank Brimsek recorded the first playoff shutout of his NHL career, as the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 2-0 in in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, in Toronto.


1944, Toe Blake scored the game winner at 9:12 of OT and added four assists, as Montreal beat Chicago 5-4 in Game 4 of the Finals to win the 1944 Stanley Cup, their first title in 13 years. The victory ended their longest period without a championship.


1950, Edgar Laprade scored twice in the third period to lead the Rangers to a 3-1 playoff win over the Red Wings in a Rangers' "home game" played in Toronto, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1952, Gordie Howe scored twice, and added an assist in the Red Wings' 3-0 win over Montreal, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Terry Sawchuk recorded his 4th career playoff shutout to give Detroit a 3-0 lead in the series.

1965, Claude Provost scored the winning goal at 16:33 of overtime as the Canadiens won 4-3 at Toronto in the 6th and deciding game of their Stanley Cup Semi-Final series.

1967, John Ferguson scored at 6:28 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Rangers at New York, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. With the victory, Montreal advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals vs Toronto.


1969, Ted Irvine scored twice in the first period, and Lowell MacDonald had a goal and 2 assists to lead the Kings to a 5-3 win over the Seals, in Game Seven of the Western Division Quarter-Finals at Oakland.


1975, Montreal's Guy Lafleur scored twice and added two assists in the Canadiens' 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals, at the Forum.

1978, Goaltender Mike Palmateer recorded his first career playoff shutout, and Darryl Sittler scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-0 win at Los Angeles, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round.

1978, Don Murdoch's goal at 1:37 of overtime gave the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Sabres in Game 2 of their Preliminary Round series. Murdoch also picked up two assists in the game.

1978, Bill Lochead scored twice, and rookie Paul Woods had 3 assists to lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 playoff win over the Atlanta Flames, in Game 2 of the Preliminary Round at the Olympia. The win advanced the Wings to the next round, against Montreal.

1984, Carey Wilson scored twice, including the winner at 3:42 of overtime to lead the Flames to a 6-5 win at Edmonton, in Game 2 of the Smythe Division Finals.

1985, Gilles Meloche recorded the second and final shutout of his playoff career as Minnesota won 2-0 over St. Louis, in Game 3 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals. North Stars won the series in three games and advanced to the Division Finals vs Chicago.

1985, Tim Kerr scored four goals in 8:16 in the second period, to set an NHL playoff record for most goals in one period as the Flyers beat the Rangers, 6-5 in Game Three of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals. Kerr also tied an NHL record with 3 PPG's.

1989, Wayne Presley scored a hat trick as the Blackhawks won 7-1 over the Red Wings in Detroit, in Game 6 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals. Blackhawks advanced to the Division Finals vs St. Louis.

1993, Rookie Teemu Selanne had an assist to tie the Jets team record for most points in a season. Selanne's 130 points in 83 games matched the total of Dale Hawerchuk 8 years earlier (in an 80 game season). Jets lost 5-3 to Tampa Bay in Winnipeg.

1994, The San Jose Sharks finished the regular season as the most improved team in NHL history, posting a 58-point gain over 1992-93. Sharks tied 2-2 with the Oilers in their final regular season game to increase their points total to 82. When the Sharks tied the Oilers, 2-2 in the final game of the season, goaltender Arturs Irbe set an NHL record for minutes played in a season, finishing with 4,412. He finished with 98 minutes more than Bernie Parent had in '73-74.


1995, Mike Vernon ran his unbeaten streak to a club record 16 games (13-0-3) and recorded his 10th career shutout (his first with Detroit), as the Red Wings won 3-0 over San Jose.

1997, Mario Lemieux picked up two assists in his final career regular season game (until his comeback in 2000-01) as the Penguins lost 7-3 at Boston. The two assists gave Lemieux 122 points, and his 6th NHL scoring championship, in his 12th season.

2000, Ron Tugnutt recorded his 2nd career playoff shutout and Jaromir Jagr had four assists as the Penguins scored on three of their first four shots for a 7-0 win at Washington, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

2002, Martin Biron recorded his 11th career shutout in the Sabres 3-0 win against the Canadiens at Montreal.
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April 14

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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1928, the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Maroons 2-1 in Game Five of the Finals, to become the 1928 Stanley Cup Champions. It was the first appearance by the Rangers in the Finals and was their first victory of the Stanley Cup in only their second season. This was the second Stanley Cup victory by an American team, the first being the Seattle Metropolitans in the 1917 Stanley Cup Finals.

The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the quarter-finals total-goals series 6–4. The Rangers then defeated the Boston Bruins in the semi-finals total-goals series 5–2 to reach the Final.

The Maroons defeated the Ottawa Senators in the quarter-finals total-goals series 3–1. The Maroons then defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the semi-finals total-goals series 3–2 to reach the Final.

The entire series had to be played in Montreal, as the circus had taken over New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers lost their goalie Lorne Chabot to eye injury in the second game. Although goaltenders Alex Connell and Hugh McCormick were in the stands, the Maroons refused to allow the Rangers to use either goalie. In one of the most famous incidents in hockey history, 44-year-old coach Lester Patrick took over with the recorded words "Boys, don't let an old man down," and his efforts inspired the Rangers to a 2–1 victory in overtime. Patrick became the oldest man to play in the Stanley Cup finals (44 years-3 months-10 days old), a record which remains unsurpassed to this day.

For the following matches, the Rangers hired New York Americans goalie Joe Miller, who won two games including a shutout. Miller was available to all NHL teams as a backup after the Americans had put him on waivers. The Boston Bruins had claimed him on waivers, but he was made available to any NHL team. At the time of the Final, Miller had not played in four weeks, and was home in Ottawa.Miller was cut and suffered two black eyes in game five, but hung on for a 2–1 victory.
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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, April 14th 1931, George Hainsworth posted his sixth career playoff shutout to defeat the Chicago Black Hawks 2-0 as the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup successfully defending their 1930 Cup win.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 14th 1948, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 in game 4 of the Finals in Detroit as the the Leafs swept the Red Wings in four games to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship. Harry Watson scored winning goal and captain Syl Apps scored the last goal of his career.

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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1955, the Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal 3-1 in game 7, to become the 1955 Stanley Cup Champions with Alex Delvecchio scoring two goals.
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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, April 14th 1960, Jean Béliveau scored a pair of goals in a 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs in game 4 of the finals as the Canadiens swept the series to become the only team to win five straight Stanley Cups. Jacques Plante recorded his 10th career playoff shutout.
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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1970, the Minnesota North Stars lost 6-3 to the Blues in St. Louis in game five of the Stanley Cup quarter finals with Charlie Burns becoming the last player/coach in NHL history to score a goal.
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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1980, Stan Mikita retired after 22 seasons in the NHL. He is regarded as the best center of the 1960s. He was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

Mikita was born in Sokolče, Slovak Republic as Stanislav Gvoth and raised in a small farming community there until late 1948, but moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, as a young boy to escape Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Anna and Joe Mikita, who gave him their surname.

After three starring junior seasons with the St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey Association, Mikita was promoted to the parent Chicago Black Hawks in 1959–60. In his second full year, in 1961, the Black Hawks won their third Stanley Cup. The young centre led the entire league in goals during the playoffs, scoring a total of six.

The following season was his breakout year. Stan Mikita became a star as centre of the famed "Scooter Line", with right wing Ken Wharram and left wingers Ab McDonald and Doug Mohns. He became the most-feared centre of the 1960s. With superstar teammate Bobby Hull, the Black Hawks had the most powerful offense of the decade, generally leading the league in goals scored.

Combining skilled defense and a reputation as one of the game's best faceoff men using his innovative curved stick, Mikita led the league in scoring four times in the decade, tying Bobby Hull's year-old single-season scoring mark in 1966–67 with 97 points, a mark broken two years later by former teammate Phil Esposito.

The 1967–68 season, an 87-point effort from Mikita, was the last year a Chicago player won the scoring title until Patrick Kane's 106-point 2015–16 season. Kane's Art Ross season also saw him become the first Hawk to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player since Mikita in his last Art Ross season.

In his early years, Mikita was among the most penalized players in the league, but he then decided to play a cleaner game and went on to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for particularly sportsmanlike conduct combined with excellence twice.

Mikita's drastic change in behavior came after he returned home from a road trip. His wife told him that while their daughter, Meg, was watching the Black Hawks' last road game on television and when the camera had just shown Mikita in the penalty box again, she turned and said, "Mommy, why does Daddy spend so much time sitting down?"

During his playing career, in 1973, Mikita teamed up with Chicago businessman Irv Tiahnybik to form the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA), to bring together deaf and hard-of-hearing hockey players from all over the country, and he founded the Stan Mikita School for the Hearing Impaired, inspired by a friend’s deaf son who was an aspiring goalie. He also helped bring the Special Olympics to Chicago, bringing his family out to volunteer at races.

Mikita and teammate Bobby Hull were the most formidable forward duo of the 1960s, notorious for using sticks with curved blades. Such sticks gave a comparative advantage to shooters versus goaltenders. As a result, the NHL limited blade curvature to ½" in 1970. Mikita reportedly began the practice after his standard stick got caught in a bench door, bending the blade before he hit the ice; he soon was borrowing a propane torch from team trainers to create a deliberate curve.

Mikita was also one of the first players to wear a helmet full time, after a December 1967 game in which an errant shot tore a piece off one of his ears. It was stitched back on.

At the time of his retirement, only Gordie Howe and Phil Esposito had scored more points in the NHL, and just six players had appeared in more games. Mikita was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983, and into the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

After retiring, Mikita became a golf pro at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. His other business interests, under Stan Mikita Enterprises, included making the small plastic sauce containers that accompany chicken nuggets at McDonald’s. He owned Stan Mikita's Village Inn in the 1960s and 1970s, located in the Oakbrook Shopping Center, Oak Brook, Illinois.

Mikita is such an iconic figure than the mythical Stan Mikita's Donuts was created for the movie Wayne's World as a spoof of the ubiquitous Tim Hortons Donuts.
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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1996, Sergei Fedorov scored his 39th goal and added two assists as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars 5-1 to finish with the most wins in a single season in NHL history. Detroit finished the season with 62 wins, two more than the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.

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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1996, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 with Paul Kariya scoring twice to become the first Mighty Ducks player to score 50 goals in a season.
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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1996, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 6-5 to the Boston Bruins as Jaromír Jágr had two assists to set an NHL record for most points in a season by a right wing, breaking the old record of 147 points set by Mike Bossy.
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This day in hockey history, April 14th 1996, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Hartford Whalers 4-1 in their last game at Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium aka "The Aud".

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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 and the entire playoffs 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 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 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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 April 18

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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 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, April 17th 1981, 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 hockey history, April 18th 1954, Tony Leswick's goal at 4:29 of overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings 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 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 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 six 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 19th 1962, Tim Horton set a Stanley Cup playoff record as the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-4 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in game five of the finals at Maple Leaf Gardens. Horton assisted on three of Toronto's goals, giving him 15 points, the most ever for a defensemen in one playoff year.

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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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On this date in Montreal Canadiens history, April 18th 1971,
Henri Richard scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win at Chicago against the Blackhawks, in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. Montreal won the Stanley Cup for the 17th time in team history.

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On this date in Montreal Canadiens history, April 18th 1971,
rookie goalie Ken Dryden won the Conn Smythe Trophy with a 12-8 record and a 3.00 GAA in the playoffs.

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On this date in Montreal Canadiens history, April 18th 1971, Jean Beliveau played his final game in a Canadiens uniform as the Habitants defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals to win the Stanley Cup for the 17th time in team history.

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This day in hockey history, April 19th 1972, Larry Pleau became the first player to sign with WHA New England Whalers.
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On this date in hockey history, April 17th, 1981 - Minnesota's 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.

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 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 19th 1989, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime in the second game of the Adams Division finals. Montreal coach Pat Burns became the first coach to win his first six playoff games. That's as a pretty good start for the future three time Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL's best coach.

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Other events from April 19;

Hockey History April 19


1945, Rookie goaltender Harry Lumley got his first career playoff shutout and Joe Carveth had a goal and an assist in the third period as the Red Wings beat Toronto 2-0, in Detroit, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1962, Toronto's Bob Pulford scored a hat trick, and Frank Mahovlich had two goals and two assists as the Maple Leafs won 8-4 against the visiting Chicago Black Hawks, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.


1972, Larry Pleau became the first player to sign with WHA New England Whalers.


1975, Goaltender Ken Dryden recorded his second career playoff shutout in the Canadiens' 4-0 win at Vancouver in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.




1980, Islanders' Bryan Trottier scored twice and added two assists as New York won 5-3 against the visiting Boston Bruins, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.




1980, Philadelphia's rookie goaltender Pete Peeters led the Flyers to a 3-0 shutout over the Rangers in Game 3 of the Quarter-Finals in New York. It was the first shutout of Peeters' playoff career.




1980, Goaltender Michel "Bunny" Larocque recorded the only shutout of his playoff career to lead the Canadiens to a 5-0 win over the North Stars in Minnesota, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.




1981, Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scored a hat trick in a 5-2 playoff win over the Islanders, in Game Three of the Quarter-Finals in Edmonton.




1981, Barry Beck scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Rangers to a 6-3 win over the Blues, at MSG in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.




1986, Guy Carbonneau scored twice as the Canadiens won 3-1 over the Hartford Whalers, in Game 2 of the Adams Division Finals at the Forum.




1988, Esa Tikkanen picked up three assists to lead the Oilers to a 3-1 win at Calgary, in Game 1 of the Smythe Division Finals.




1989, Tim Kerr scored three goals in the first period, for his third career playoff hat trick in a 4-2 Flyers' win over Pittsburgh, in Game 2 of the Patrick Division Finals.




1990, NY's Bernie Nicholls had his first career playoff hat trick, and added an assist to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 win over Washington in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Finals.




1991, Stephane Richer scored two goals, including the winner at 0:27 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 win at Boston, in Game 2 of the Adams Division Finals.




1992, Rookie Gilbert Dionne scored twice, and Patrick Roy recorded his 5th career playoff shutout as the Canadiens beat the Hartford Whalers 2-0 in Game 1 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.


1993, Steve Yzerman scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Red Wings to a 6-3 playoff win over Toronto at Joe Louis Arena, in Game 1 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.

1994, Bernie Nicholls picked up both assists to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Sabres, in New Jersey in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

1995, Red Wings' Sergei Fedorov picked up four assists as Detroit tied 5-5 with the Winnipeg Jets, at Joe Louis Arena.


This day in hockey history, April 18th 1987, the New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Pat LaFontaine's game winning goal at 1:08:47 of overtime, in the seventh game of their Patrick Division semi finals series. Islanders' goalie Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves for the victory.

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This day in hockey history, April 18th 1983, the Calgary Flames topped the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in game four of the Smythe Division finals. This was the final NHL game ever played at the Stampede Corral in Calgary. The Flames moved to the Saddledome the next season.

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APRIL 20

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April 20th 1950, the New York Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in game five of the Stanley Cup finals played at the Olympia in Detroit. Dan Raleigh became the first player to score two consecutive overtime game winning goals in NHL history when he scored the OT winner. He also scored the OT winner April 18th in a 4-3 victory at the Olympia.

The Rangers lost the series in seven games which was a good showing considering that they played all seven games on the road.

This was the last Stanley Cup Final where a team did not host any games and also the last to feature neutral site games. Two games were played in Toronto as the circus had taken over Madison Square Garden in New York.

Detroit's Pete Babando scored the Cup winning goal in double overtime of game seven, the first time ever in which the Stanley Cup was won in a game seven overtime. Detroit won the Cup without Gordie Howe who had been injured in the first game of the playoffs.

The Rangers didn't go home empty handed as they were awarded the O'Brien Cup, the last team to win the trophy, at one time the National Hockey Association (NHA) championship trophy, which was retired after the season. The NHA was the predecessor to the NHL.

The Cup was donated to the National Hockey Association by Canadian Senator Michael J. O'Brien in honour of his son, Ambrose O'Brien, who was credited with the formation of the National Hockey Association, the forerunner to the NHL. The Cup was originally to be given to the NHA's championship team.

Made entirely from silver from the O'Brien mine, the trophy's value was estimated at CA$600 (over CA$11,499 in 2016 dollars). Like the Stanley Cup, trustees were named for the trophy. These were NHA executives Harry Trihey, Emmett Quinn and T. Yates Foster. Later, Stanley Cup trustee William Foran would become the sole trustee of the O'Brien Cup. On December 2, 1911, the NHA officially designated the trophy as the league's championship trophy.

When the NHA was suspended in 1917, the Cup was held by the Montreal Canadiens. It remained in their care until 1921. In November 1921, it was announced that the Cup would be given over to the National Hockey League to be awarded annually to the NHL champions.

NHL president Frank Calder arranged with Ambrose O'Brien a new deed of gift. The Cup, which Calder had secured following the death of Montreal President George Kennedy, was then presented to the NHL champion Ottawa Senators. In 1925, the NHL inaugurated the Prince of Wales Trophy, which also was presented to the NHL champions.

From 1927–28 onwards, one year after the NHL expanded to two divisions in 1926, the Cup was awarded to the winner of the Canadian Division, while the Prince of Wales Trophy was awarded to the winner of the American Division. It would be awarded under this definition until the end of the 1937–38 season.

The 1938–39 NHL season saw the NHL move back to a single division, and from that point on the Cup was awarded to the playoff runner-up. The Cup was not formally awarded from 1939 to 1943 and it would not be until 1944 that the winning teams from that period were inscribed on the trophy. At the end of the 1949–50 NHL season the trophy was retired and has not been awarded since. It is now in the collection of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The Montreal Canadiens have won it the most, having won the Cup eleven times. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won it the second most, a total of eight times, six as the Maple Leafs, once as the St. Patricks and once as the Torontos. The Detroit Red Wings have won the Cup five times, the most of any American team.
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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1958, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3 in the sixth game of the finals to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship. Previously the Toronto Maple Leafs team of 1946-49 had been the only team to win three straight Stanley Cups. Montreal went on to set a new record of five consecutive Stanley Cup titles by winning championships in the next two seasons.

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Happy birthday to Slava Fetisov born this day in hockey history, April 20th 1958 in Moscow, Russia.

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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1965, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 2-0 in game two of the Stanley Cup finals. Jean Beliveau scored one goal and added an assist, to give him 100 career points in 93 Stanley Cup playoff games,
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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1965, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 2-0 in game two of the Stanley Cup finals. Jean Beliveau scored one goal and added an assist, to give him 100 career points in 93 Stanley Cup playoff games.

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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1968, The St. Louis Blues signed free agent Doug Harvey.
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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1969, the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in game four of the semi finals in Boston. Bobby Orr scored the game winning goal, his first playoff goal. Ed Westfall scored a goal and added two assists
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This day in St. Louis Blues history, April 20th 1969, the Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 to comeplete a 4-0 sweep of their semi final playoff series and advance to the Stanley Cup finals. This was St. Louis’ second year in the NHL and their second consecutive trip to the finals.
They also went to the finals in their third year but they never won the Stanley Cup and in fact never won a game in the finals going 0-12. After coach Scotty Bowman resigned early in the Blues fourth season they have never returned to the finals. They are the only "original 12" team (original six plus the surviving six 1967 teams) that has not won the Cup.

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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1971, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota North Stars 7-2 in game one of their semi finals series. Jacques Lemaire scored a hat trick in the second period, and J.C. Tremblay picked up four assists.

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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1975, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 6-2 at Chicago Stadium. Richard Martin scored a goal and added two assists to lead the scoring. The win gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead in their quarter ffnal playoff series.
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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1993, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 7-0 in the second game of the Patrick Division semi finals setting an NHL record 13 consecutive playoff wins. They won the next game as well stretching the record to 14 games.
The Pens swept the Blackhawks in the 1992 finals and the Bruins in the 1992 quarterfinals following winning the last three games of their opening round series against the Rangers.
Tom Barrasso tied a playoff goalie record in the game with two assists.
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This day in hockey history, April 20th 1993, the Buffalo Sabres topped the Boston Bruins 4-0 in game two of the Adams Division semi finals at the venerable Boston Garden. Grant Fuhr was in the nets to record his third career playoff shutout, his first playoff shutout since 1989.
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More events from April 20;


1965, Jean Beliveau scored a goal and added an assist, to give him 100 career points in 93 Stanley Cup Playoff games, as the Canadiens beat the Black Hawks 2-0, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, in Montreal.

1967, Montreal's Henri Richard scored his first playoff hat trick and added an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 6-2 win over the visting Maple Leafs, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1968, The St. Louis Blues signed free agent Doug Harvey.

1969, Bobby Orr scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal -- the game winner, as the Bruins won 3-2 over the Montreal Canadiens. Ed Westfall scored a goal and added two assists in Game Four of the Semi-Finals in Boston.

1969, St. Louis Blues won 4-1 at Los Angeles, to sweep the Kings in four straight games in their Semi-Final series. St. Louis advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in their two year NHL history (to face Montreal).


1971, Montreal's Jacques Lemaire scored a hat trick in the second period, and J.C. Tremblay picked up four assists as the Canadiens won 7-2 over the visiting Minnesota North Stars, in Game 1 of the Semi-Finals.

1972, Boston's John Bucyk scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Bruins won 10-2 over the visiting St. Louis Blues, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

1974, Bernie Parent recorded his first career playoff shutout in the Flyers 4-0 playoff win against the Rangers, at the Spectrum. Rick MacLeish scored two goals and an assist, and Gary Dornhoefer had three assists, in Game 1 of the Semi-Finals.

1975, Richard Martin scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Sabres to a 6-2 playoff win over the Black Hawks at Chicago. The win gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead in their Quarter-Final series.

1976, Brad Park scored twice and added two assists as the Bruins won 7-1 against the Los Angeles Kings, in Game 5 of the Quarter-Final Round, in Boston.

1976, Bert Marshall's first goal of the year with 19 seconds remaining in regulation time gave the Islanders a 4-3 victory in the fifth game of the Quarter-Final series at Buffalo

1979, Goaltender Glenn Resch recorded his second playoff shutout, and Denis Potvin scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Islanders to a 4-0 win at Chicago, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.

1979, Phil Esposito picked up three assists as the Rangers won 5-1 over the Flyers, at Madison Square Garden in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.

1980, Ron Duguay scored a hat trick to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 playff win over the Flyers, in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.

1981, Defenseman John Van Boxmeer scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Sabres to a 5-4 playoff win in overtime over the North Stars, in Game Four of the Quarter-Finals at Minnesota. Craig Ramsay scored the winner at 16:32 of OT.

1981, Ken Morrow's goal at 5:41 of overtime led to the Islanders 5-4 playoff victory over Edmonton and a three game to one lead in the Quarter-Final Series.

1983, Pete Peeters recorded the second and final shutout of his playoff career, and Rick Middleton & Barry Pederson each had two goals and two assists in the Bruins' 9-0 win against the visiting Buffalo Sabres, in Game 5 of the Adams Division Finals.

1983, Brent Sutter and Bob Bourne each scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Islanders to a 7-2 win over the visiting Rangers, in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Finals.


1984, Mike Liut recorded his first career playoff shutout as the Blues beat the Minnesota North Stars 4-0, in Game 6 of the Norris Division Finals.

1986, Goaltender Ken Wregget recorded his first career playoff shutout to lead Toronto to a 3-0 win at St. Louis, in Game 2 of the Norris Division Finals.

1986, Glenn Anderson scored twice, including the overtime winner at 1:04 to lead the Oilers to a 6-5 win over the visiting Calgary Flames, in Game 2 of the Smythe Division Finals.

1987, Tim Kerr scored a hat trick as the Flyers beat the N.Y. Islanders, 4-2 in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Finals at the Spectrum.

1989, Joe Mullen scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Flames to an 8-3 win over the Kings in Calgary, in Game 2 of the Smythe Division Finals.

1989, Tony Hrkac scored the winning goal at 33:49 of overtime to lead the Blues to a 5-4 win over the Blackhawks, in Game 2 of the Norris Division Finals, in St. Louis.

1991, Petr Klima scored the winning goal at 24:48 of overtime to lead the Oilers to a 4-3 win at Los Angeles, in Game 2 of the Smythe Division Finals.

1993, Grant Fuhr recorded his third career playoff shutout to lead the Sabres to a 4-0 playoff win over the Bruins, in Game Two of the Adams Division Semi-Finals at Boston. It was Fuhr's first playoff shutout since 1989.


1994, Al MacInnis scored twice and added three assists to lead the Flames to a 7-5 win over the Canucks in Calgary, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals. MacInnis' five points set a Flames' record for points in a playoff game.


1994, Goaltender Felix Potvin recorded the first of his three 1994 playoff shutout, and Todd Gill scored the winning goal at 2:15 of overtime, as the Maple Leafs won 1-0 over the visiting Blackhawks, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals.

1994, Chris Osgood became the fifth rookie goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his first career playoff game, when he led the Red Wings to a 4-0 win over the Sharks, in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals, in Detroit.

1995, Rangers' Steve Larmer appeared in his 1,000th career regular season game as New York won 3-2 over the Hartford Whalers, at Madison Square Garden.

1996, Patrick Roy recorded his 6th career playoff shutout as Colorado won 4-0, at Vancouver in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals.

1997, Oilers scored three goals in the final four minutes of regulation to tie the game, and Kelly Buchberger scored at 9:15 of overtime as Edmonton won 4-3 over the visiting Dallas Stars, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals.

2000, Rick Tocchet had three assists to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 win against the visiting Sabres, eliminating Buffalo from the playoffs in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

2004, New Jersey's Igor Larionov announced his NHL retirement. The 43- year-old veteran had been the oldest player in the league in 2003-04. Larionov finished his career winning three Stanley Cups, along with 169 goals and 644 points in 921 games.

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April 21st

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This day in hockey history, April 21st 1945 , the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 in game six of the Stanley Cup finals on Ed "Mud" Bruneteau's goal at 14:16 of overtime. Rookie goalie Harry Lumley recorded his second career playoff shutout and Wings a 1-0 win at Toronto.


Sixty Seven Years Ago Today, The Last Goal He Ever Scored Won The Leafs The Cup
Bill Barilko came from the mining town of Timmins in northern Ontario. He began his professional hockey career with the Hollywood Wolves of the PCHL where he played during the 1945-46 and 1946-47 seasons (He's on the far right top row in the team picture).
On February 5th,1947, Bill Barilko played his first game for the Maple Leafs. The Leafs lost that game 8-2 to the Montreal Canadiens but success was imminent for Barilko and the Leafs who won the Stanley Cup that season and three more for a string of four championships in five seasons in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951.
Nicknamed “Bashing Bill”, Barilko was known for his rough body checking style and led the NHL with 147 penalty minutes in 1948 and totaled 456 career penalty minutes in 252 games. Barilko is best remembered for his most famous goal, the overtime cup winner in game five of the 1951 finals against the Montreal Canadiens.
He died tragically in a small plane crash at age 24 on August 26th 1951. His remains went undiscovered for 11 years until the Leafs won their next cup in 1962, with that championship seemingly unlocking the mystery of his disappearance. Barilko's number 5 is the most celebrated number in franchise history.
The tragic disappearance and death of Bill Barilko in 1951 opened a spot on the Leafs blue line for another hard rock defenseman from the northern Ontario mining country whose own tragic death 23 years later would see his story echo across time just like Barilko's has.
Tim Horton was a 20 year old 2nd year pro with Toronto's AHL team in Pittsburgh when Barilko went missing in 1951. Horton joined the Leafs full time in 1952 and played 1445 NHL games before losing his life on February 21st 1974 in an automobile accident as a member of the Buffalo Sabres driving home after playing his last game at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.
These two players formed a chain of success and tragedy that lasted nearly 30 years. Because of his tragic death so young at age 24, Barilko became a legendary player, a link to the past glories of the franchise for fans of the success starved Leafs.
When the Tragically Hip memorialized him with their song "50 Mission Cap" in 1992, a new generation of Leaf fans became enthralled with the legend of Bill Barilko and his memory ascended to iconic status and became the most famous and celebrated Maple Leaf player ever, his popularity swelling exponentially more than 60 years after his death.
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This day in WHA history, April 21st 1978, Hartford's Gordie Howe scored on the first shift against the Edmonton Oilers minutes after finding out that he had become a grandfather. Mark and Ginger Howe's first son Travis made Gordie the first Grandpa in pro hockey history.

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This day in hockey history, April 21st 1951, Happy Birthday to former NHL left winger. "The Sarge" played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) and was named a First Team league All-Star. He was drafted 10th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. He spent a season in the minor leagues with the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League before the Rangers called him up in 1972.

Vickers along with center Walt Tkaczuk and winger Bill Fairbairn formed a line that proved to be one of the 1970s' best two way forward trios. Vickers scored 30 goals and 23 assists for a total of 53 points and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. He played all of his NHL career with the Rangers, scoring thirty or more goals in each of four seasons. He was later moved to the Rangers' first line with Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle. Vickers' best season was 1974-75, when he scored 41 goals and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. He remained effective until his final season, in which his effectiveness dropped sharply; he finished the year in the minor leagues with the Springfield Indians, after which he retired.

Vickers played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1975 and 1976. He made NHL history in 1972 when he became the first rookie, as well as the first New York Ranger, to score hat tricks in two consecutive games (November 12 versus the Los Angeles Kings and November 15 versus the Philadelphia Flyers). In February 1976, Vickers set the Rangers team record for most points in a game, with seven, against the Washington Capitals. He was ranked number 18 on the all time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats
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This day in hockey history, April 21st 1978, the Chicago Blackhawks lost 4-3 to the Boston Bruins, in game three of the Stanley Cup quarter finals. Bob Murray had three assists.
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This day in hockey history, April 21st 1978, the Toronto Maple Leafs shutout the New York Islanders 2-0 in game three of the Stanley Cup quarter final series. Mike Palmateer was in goal for the shutout and surrendered only 13 goals in the seven game series won by the Leafs on a dramatic game seven OT winner by Lanny McDonald.

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This day in WHA history, April 21st 1978, Hartford's Gordie Howe scored on the first shift against the Edmonton Oilers minutes after finding out that he had become a grandfather. Mark and Ginger Howe's first son Travis made Gordie the first Grandpa in pro hockey history.
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This day in hockey history, April 21st 1990, the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 with John Druce scoring a hat trick. Druce had been a career minor league player who appeared in 45 regular season games for Washington in 1989-90 with only 8 goals. Then he caught fire in the playoffs with 14 goals in 15 games.That hot streak earned him another ten years in the NHL.

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April 22

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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 22nd 1976, the Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 8-5 in the famous brawl game.
The Flyers set NHL records for most penalties in a game with 28 and in a period 17. The teams combined to score six power play goals to tie an NHL playoff record. One fight moved into the seats when fans spit and tossed ice at some Flyers players. Ian Turnbull, Kurt Walker and Scott Garland of Toronto and Jack McIlhargey of Philadelphia were ejected from the game. Roy McMurtry, the Ontario Attorney General, filed charges against Joe Watson and Don Saleski for common assault and dangerous weapons and to Mel Bridgman in an attempt to limit hockey violence.
The Leafs tied an NHL record with five power play goals in the 5-4 victory. Toronto's head coach Red Kelly said "It was a miracle to beat that team." The Maple Leafs outshot the Flyers 52-28 and had 16 power play chances compared to three for the Flyers.. Toronto scored two PPGs 29 seconds apart in the opening 3:54 of the second period to take a 4-1 lead.
Toronto had a 25-7 shots advantage in the second period when the Flyers "earned" 11 minor penalties. The Leafs had only one.. After two periods, Toronto led 5-3 and held a 44-16 shots advantage.
Darryl Sittler had 10 shots on goal and tied Maurice "Rocket" Richard's 32 year old record for most goals in one playoff game when he scored five times and added an assist for a six point night setting a Leafs playoff record.
Philadelphia’s Reggie Leach joined Richard and Sittler just days later, as Leach scored five of his playoff-record 19 goals on May 6, 1976, in a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.
Bobby Clarke led the Flyers with three points. Bernie Parent made 47 saves; Wayne Thomas made 24 saves. The Leafs victory was their first in 20 games against the Flyers, having gone 0-16-3.
The Flyers closed out the series eliminating the Leafs with a 7-3 victory in game seven at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
Summary Of Events
1 19:57 Rough Schultz-Glennie
2 26:09 Rough Dupont-Neely
3 29:46 Rough Lonsberry-McDonald
4 32:57 Fight Schultz-Garland
5 34:17 Fight McIlhargey-Williams
6 36:23 Rough Clarke-Boutette
7 52:21 Rough Bridgman-Garland
8 56:55 Mini-Brawl 4 players
9 56:55 Fight Schultz-Williams
10 56:55 Fight Kelly-Dunn
11 59:22 Fight Bridgman-Walker
12 59:46 Collision
Game 1 April 12 Maple Leafs 1 Philadelphia Flyers 4
Game 2 April 13 Maple Leafs 1 Philadelphia Flyers 3
Game 3 April 15 Philadelphia Flyers 4 Maple Leafs 5
Game 4 April 17 Philadelphia Flyers 3 Maple Leafs 4
Game 5 April 20 Maple Leafs 1 Philadelphia Flyers 7
Game 6 April 22 Philadelphia Flyers 5 Maple Leafs 8
Game 7 April 25 Maple Leafs 3 Philadelphia Flyers 7
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 22nd 1962, the Toronto Maple Leafs won another Stanley Cup defeating the defending champion Chicago Black Hawks 2-1 in game six. Bobby Hull scored the games first goal and the Hawks held that 1-0 lead into the third period when Bob Nevin tied the score with less than 10 minutes remaining. Dick Duff scored the Cup winning goal. This was the beginning of the Leafs 1960's dynasty which saw them win three Stanley Cup championships from 1962 - 1964 and another in 1967.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, April 22nd 1945, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in game seven of the finals to win the Stanley Cup Championship. Walter “Babe” Pratt scored the winning goal. He was the first defenseman to score the Cup winning goal.

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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, April 22nd 1979, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Game four of the quarter finals. With the victory goaltender Ken Dryden became the NHL’s all time leader in playoff wins with 72 passing Jacques Plante.
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This day in hockey history, April 22nd 1975, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in Montreal.to win their quarter final series in five games. Guy Lafleur scored at 17:06 of overtime to propel Les Habitants into the semi finals where they would meet their destiny against the Buffalo. Sabres.

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This day in Buffalo Sabres history, April 22nd 1993, Yuri Khmylev scored twice, including a power play goal at 1:05 of overtime, and added an assist to lead the Sabres to a 4-3 playoff win over the Bruins at the Aud. Buffalo took a 3-0 lead in their Adams Division semi final series.

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This day in hockey history, April 22nd 1971, it was the first ever playoff win by a 1967 expansion team over one of the NHL's Original Six, after 17 straight losses since 1968 when the Minnesota North Stars topped the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 in game two of the semi finals. Danny Grant led the Stars with three assists.

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This day in hockey history, April 22nd 1965, the Chicago Black Hawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in game three of the Stanley Cup finals. Phil Esposito scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Hawks.

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This day in hockey history, April 22nd 1989, the New Jersey Devils whalloped the Washington Capitals 10-4 in game three of the Patrick Division finals. Patrick Sundstrom scored three goals and added five assists to set an NHL playoff record with eight points. Mark Johnson added four goals for the Devils.

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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 25th 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 25th 1994, Patrick Roy won his 11th consecutive overtime game by stopping 60 shots and Kirk Muller scoring at 17:18 of OT leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win at the Boston Garden in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference quarter finals. The win gave the habs a 3-2 series lead. Boston won the series in seven games. The 11th straight OT wins set an NHL record.
April 16 Canadiens 2–3 Bruins Boston Garden
April 18 Canadiens 3–2 Bruins Boston Garden
April 21 Bruins 6–3 Canadiens Montreal Forum
April 23 Bruins 2–5 Canadiens Montreal Forum
April 25 Canadiens 2–1 OT Bruins Boston Garden
April 27 Bruins 3–2 Canadiens Montreal Forum
April 29 Canadiens 3–5 Bruins Boston Garden
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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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