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March 21, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: March 21st

1921 - More than 11,000 fans jammed the Vancouver Arena for the first game of the Stanley Cup series as the Millionaires beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1. At the time, it was the largest crowd ever to watch a hockey game.

1937 - In a 6-1 win over Chicago, the Boston Bruins "Kraut Line" of Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer played together for the first time in the NHL. Bauer scored his first NHL goal.

1948 - Montreal's Elmer Lach scored twice in the final game of the season to win the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion by one point over the New York Rangers' Buddy O'Connor.

1948 - Playing in the final regular season game of his NHL career, Syl Apps scored three times to become the second player in franchise history to score 200 goals as a member of the Maple Leafs.

1954 - Detroit's Gordie Howe became the first player in NHL history to lead the league in scoring four straight years, when had a goal and two assists in the final game of season, a 6-1 win over Toronto.

1970 - Minnesota's Charlie Burns became the final player/coach to score a goal in a regular season NHL game, when he tallied once in a 5-4 North Stars' win against the the visiting Boston Bruins.

1974 - Bobby Orr scored his 5th career hat trick to give him 30 goals on the year. Prior to the game, Orr promised a 16-year-old boy, gravely ill with a rare disease, that he would score a goal for him.

1981 - Vancouver's "Tiger" Williams became the first player in NHL history to get 30 goals and 300 penalty minutes in the same season.

1982 - Mike Bossy broke Guy Lafleur's NHL record of 136 points by a right wing in one season by scoring his 58th goal and 137th point of the season.

1985 - Washington's Bobby Carpenter became the first U.S. born player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season; the milestone came in a 3-2 loss at Montreal.

1989 - Lanny McDonald scored his 500th career goal to lead the Flames to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Calgary.

1991 - Boston's Ray Bourque set an NHL record by taking 19 shots during a 3-3 tie against the visiting Nordiques. Quebec goaltender Ron Tugnutt made 70 saves in the game.

1993 - Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens each scored a goal, to become the first teammates to reach 50 goals in the same game, as the Penguins won 6-4 over the Oilers at a neutral site game played in Cleveland.

1994 - New York Rangers traded Tony Amonte and Matt Oates to Chicago Blackhawks for Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan, in one of 18 deals (involving 35 players) made prior to the 1994 NHL trading deadline.

1994 - Vancouver traded Craig Janney (who refused to report to the Canucks days earlier) back to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican and Nathan Lafayette.

Happy Birthday to Al Iafrate, Joe Carveth, Johan Garpenlov, Boris Mironov, Ryan Callahan, Rusty Klesla, Erik Johnson, Sandy Moger, Jim Kyte, Terry Gray, Duke Keats, Jeff Lazaro, Jim Agnew, Ed Ronan, Paul Stewart and Lloyd Cook.

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