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March 28, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: March 28th

1922 - Toronto beat Vancouver Millionaires 5-1 in Game Five of the Finals, to become the 1922 Stanley Cup Champions. Babe Dye scored four goals for the Toronto St. Pats.

1950 - Detroit's Gordie Howe suffered a skull fracture that required surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, after Toronto's Ted Kennedy accidently checked him into the boards in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals . Leafs beat the Wings, 5-0.

1967 - Detroit's Gordie Howe became the first player in NHL history to score 1,500 career points, when he picked up an assist in his 1,396th career game, a 7-2 loss at Chicago.

1973 - Boston goaltender Jacques Plante recorded his 434th (and final) NHL career victory when the Bruins won 6-3 over the Rangers, at New York.

1975 - Washington recorded the only road victory in their first season, when Nelson Pyatt's 2 third period goals gave them a 5-3 win at Oakland. The win ended their NHL-record 37 game road losing streak. They finished the year 1-39-0 on the road.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky scored his 92nd goal of the season, an NHL record, as the Oilers won 6-2 at Los Angeles.

1982 - Edmonton's Mark Messier and Dave Lumley scored within 24 seconds of the opening face off to set an NHL record for fastest two goals from the start of a game. Oilers went on to beat the Kings 6-2, at Los Angeles.

1982 - Hartford's Blaine Stoughton scored his 50th goal of the season for the second time in his career, in a 5-2 Whalers' loss to the visiting Minnesota North Stars.

1987 - Calgary's Joe Mullen was awarded a penalty shot against the Kings. Mullen scored against Al Jensen, but the goal was then disallowed --- Mullen had scored with an illegally curved stick! Flames won 4-3 at Los Angeles.

1990 - Toronto's Gary Leeman became the second player in team history to score 50 goals in a season in a 6-3 Maple Leafs' loss to the NY Islanders.

1991 - Al MacInnis scored a goal and three assists in the first period, to reach the 100 point mark in the Flames' 4-4 tie against Edmonton. MacInnis became the 4th defenseman in NHL history (and 1st in Flames history) to score 100 points in a season.

1998 - NHL linesman Gerard Gauthier officiated his 2,000th game as the Canadiens won 8-2 against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Gauthier became only the second official in NHL history to reach this milestone, joining Ray Scapinello.

Happy Birthday to Keith Tkachuk, John Anderson, Bobby Schmautz, Mike Allison, Alan Kerr, Jeff Beukeboom, Lou Franceschetti, Erik Rasmussen, Logan Couture, Dennis Owchar, Ron Chipperfield, Tom Tilley and Dick Cherry (Don's brother).

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