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March 23, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: March 23rd

1918 - Alf Skinner of the Toronto Arenas scored the first hat trick by an NHL player in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Vancouver Millionaires beat Toronto 6-4 in Game 2 of the 1918 Finals.

1929 - Boston Bruins knocked the Montreal Canadiens out of the playoffs in their first ever post-season meeting. Eddie Shore had the winning goal in a 3-2 win, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

1944 - Playing in his second career playoff game, Montreal's Maurice Richard scored all five goals to lead the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over Toronto, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

1952 - Chicago's Bill Mosienko set an NHL record for fastest three goals by one player (:21). Black Hawks won 7-6 against the Rangers at New York, before a crowd of just 3,254. It was Mosienko's 5th (and final) career hat trick.

1980 - Former US Olympic star Mark Johnson scored his first two NHL goals to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 win against the Jets at Winnipeg

1988 - Mario Lemieux scored a goal and added two assists to become the third player in NHL history (along with Wayne Gretzky and Phil Esposito) to score 150 points in a season when he led the Penguins to a 7-1 win over Washington.

1993 - Winnipeg Jets' Teemu Selanne had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 loss to Toronto, to set an NHL record for most points in a season by a rookie. He broke the old mark of 109 set by Peter Stastny with the Quebec Nordiques in 1980-81.

1994 - Wayne Gretzky scored career goal #802, to break Gordie Howe's record for all-time NHL goals. The record goal was scored against Vancouver's Kirk McLean as the Kings lost 6-3 to the Canucks.

1999 - Colorado Avalanche acquired center Dale Hunter and a 2000 third-round draft pick from the Washington Capitals for a 1999 second-round draft pick.

1999 - Detroit Red Wings acquired defenseman Chris Chelios from the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Anders Eriksson and first-round draft picks in 1999 and 2001.

2000 - Joe Sakic scored a hat trick against Phoenix. In doing so he passed Peter Stastny's Colorado/Quebec franchise record of 1049 career points.

Happy Birthday to John Tonelli, Don Marshall, Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, Gord Murphy, Wayne Presley, Ted Green, Alex Selivanov, Charlie Sands, Warren Godfrey, Bill Touhey, Iiro Jarvi, Nolan Baumgartner, John McCreedy, Pavel Brendl, Michal Neuvirth, Darren Puppa and Flat Walsh.

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