December 27, 2012
This Day In Hockey History: Dec 27th
1897 - In the only Stanley Cup challenge of the season, the defending champion Montreal Victorias turned back the Ottawa Capitals 15-2 to retain their champion status.
1924 - Montreal Canadiens played the Maroons for the first time at the Forum and tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of overtime.
1942 - Montreal Canadiens defeated Boston 4-2 in Montreal, but lost rookie Maurice Richard, who suffered a broken leg just above the right ankle. His leg broke when he toppled after a check from Bruins' Jack Crawford.
1973 - Buffalo Sabres traded John Gould and Tracy Pratt to Vancouver in exchange for defenseman Jerry Korab.
1982 - Philadelphia's Bobby Clarke scored the 5th (and final) hat trick of his NHL career and added two assists, leading the Flyers past the Red Wings, 8-4 at Detroit.
1990 - Edmonton Oilers recorded their 500th all time NHL victory, 4-1 over the Flames, in Edmonton. The win gave the Oilers a lifetime record of 500-295-120, for a winning percentage of .612, the best of any NHL team.
2000 - Mario Lemieux returned from a 3-1/2 year layoff, and picked up a point on his first shift, finishing the night with with a goal and two assists in the Penguins 5-0 win against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Garth Snow got the shutout.
Happy Birthday to Bryan Smolinski, Mickey Redmond, Patrick Sharp, Paul Stastny, Jay Pandolfo, Kevin Constantine and Fernando Pisani.
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 1:24 p.m.