March 29, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: March 29th

1919 - Montreal beat Seattle 4-3 in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens scored three times in the third to tie the game, then won it on Jack McDonald's goal at 15:57 of overtime. The series was never completed due to the flu epidemic.

1929 - Harry Oliver scored a goal and an assist, and Bill Carson netted the game-winner as the Boston Bruins earned their first Stanley Cup Championship with a 2-1 win over Rangers, completing a two game sweep in their best-of-three series.

1951 - Maurice Richard scored the winner at 42:20 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Red Wings, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals at Detroit. It was Richard's second straight OT game winner.

1970 - Rookie goalie Tony Esposito recorded his 15th shutout of the season -- an NHL record for rookie goaltenders. Black Hawks beat Toronto 4-0, at Chicago Stadium.

1973 - Flyers' Bobby Clarke became the first player from a post-67 team (and 9th in NHL history) to score 100 points in a season.

1975 - Guy Lafleur became the third player in Montreal history to score 50 goals in a season, when he scored in the Canadiens' 4-1 win over the Kansas City Scouts. It was the first of six straight 50 goal seasons for Lafleur (an NHL record at the time).

1979 - Rookie goalie Robbie Moore recorded his second career shutout (in 5 games) to lead the Flyers to a 5-0 win over Vancouver at the Spectrum. It was the final complete game of his NHL career -- Moore played one period in 1982-83 with Washington.

1981 - Quebec's Jacques Richard became the first member of the Nordiques to score 50 goals in an NHL season. #50 came in a 4-0 win over Montreal in Quebec City.

1985 - Winnipeg's Dale Hawerchuk scored his 50th goal of the season in a 5-5 Jets' tie against the visiting Chicago Black Hawks. Hawerchuk became the first Jets' player to score 50 goals in an NHL season.

1989 - New York Rangers' Brian Leetch set an NHL record for most goals by a rookie defenseman, when he scored his 23rd of the season (breaking the mark of 22 set by Barry Beck in 1977-78), in a 4-3 loss at Detroit.

1991 - Glenn Anderson set an Edmonton Oilers team record with his 126th career power play goal, in a 6-5 overtime loss to the visiting Calgary Flames. Anderson broke the previous record of 125 power play goals set by Wayne Gretzky.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky scored his 1,072nd all-time goal, surpassing Gordie Howe as the leading scorer in pro hockey history (20 NHL seasons and one season in WHA).

2000 - Colorado's Patrick Roy became the first goaltender in league history to win 30 games in a season 10 times during his NHL career.

Happy Birthday to Hardy Astrom, Brad McCrimmon, Richard Kromm, Rabbit McVeigh, Hartland Monahan, Duane Rupp, Maxim Lapierre, Dunc McCallum, Adam Pardy, Kai Nurminen, Jon Casey and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen

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