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March 30, 2013

This Day in Hockey History: March 30th

1916 - Montreal Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup, defeating the PCHA Portland Rosebuds 2-1, to take the final series in the fifth and deciding game.

1918 - Toronto Arenas beat the Vancouver Millionaires 2-1 in the final game of their best-of-five series to become the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.

1919 - Montreal Canadiens Odie Cleghorn scored the first overtime goal by an NHL player, snapping a 3-3 tie with the Seattle Metropolitans at 15:57 of OT for a 4-3 Montreal win. Series was tied at 2-2-1, but never resumed, due to a flu epidemic.

1925 - Victoria Cougars of WCHL beat the Canadiens 6-1 to become the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Victoria won the best of five series 3-1 over Montreal.

1974 - Toronto rookie Lanny McDonald scored his first NHL hat trick as the Maple Leafs won 7-3 over the NY Rangers.

1979 - The NHL announced the expansion of the league from 17 to 21 teams, with the addition of four clubs from the WHA - Edmonton, Hartford, Winnipeg, and Quebec City.

1988 - Jimmy Carson became the first U.S. born player to score 50 goals and 50 assists in a season.

1989 - Mario Lemieux set a new NHL record with his 13th shorthanded goal of the year (breaking the old mark of 12 by Gretzky), and added three more goals during the game, as Penguins lost 9-5 to the visiting Hartford Whalers.

1998 - Dean McAmmond's scored the 6,000th goal in Edmonton Oilers' history, during a 3-1 win against the visiting Calgary Flames.

Happy Birthday to Ty Conklin, Dave Ellett, Dennis Ververgaert, Doug Wickenheiser, Corey Millen, Pierre Jarry, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Randy Hillier, Jamie Heward, Mats Thelin and Mark Astley

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