March 31, 2013

This Day in Hockey History: March 31st

1923 - Ottawa's 18-year-old King Clancy played all six positions (including goalie for two minutes when Clint Benedict got a penalty) when the Senators beat Edmonton 1-0 in Game Two of the Finals, to become the 1923 Stanley Cup Champions.

1927 - Montreal's Howie Morenz scored at 12:05 of overtime as the Canadiens beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0, in the first all-NHL Stanley Cup Playoff overtime game ever played.

1928 - Hall of Famer Gordie Howe born in Floral, Saskatchewan.

1951 - Boston and Toronto played in the last Stanley Cup Playoff Game to end in a tie. The teams were at 1-1 through one overtime (in Game 2 of their Semi-Final series) when existing Toronto laws made it illegal to begin another period after midnight on a Sunday.

1951`- Rookie goaltender Terry Sawchuk recorded his first career playoff shutout to lead the Red Wings to a 2-0 playoff win over the Canadiens, in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals at Montreal.

1973 - Boston's Bobby Orr scored his third career hat trick to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points for four straight seasons.

1984 - Mike Bossy became the first player in NHL history to record seven straight 50 goal seasons, when he scored his 50th and 51st of the year, in a 3-1 Islanders win, at Washington. Bossy broke the mark of 6 straight 50-goal seasons by Guy Lafleur.

1988 - New York Islanders held a "Denis Potvin" night in a pre-game ceremony before a game against Washington, and won 7-3 over the Capitals.

1990 - Quebec Nordiques' Joe Sakic became the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season while playing on a last place team, when he scored a goal in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Hartford Whalers.

1991 - Buffalo's Alexander Mogilny scored his first career NHL hat trick, to lead the Sabres to a 5-2 win over the visiting Washington Capitals.

1991 - Boston's Chris Nilan set an NHL record with 10 penalties in one game (six minors, two majors, a misconduct and a game misconduct) in a 7-3 win over the Hartford Whalers, at Boston Garden.

1994 - Jeremy Roenick scored a goal to become the first player in Chicago Blackhawks history to get 100 points for three consecutive seasons.

2003 - Patrick Roy became the first goaltender in NHL history to play 60,000 minutes.

Happy Birthday to Gordie Howe, Pavel Bure, Gordie Lane, Bob Pulford, Gilles Gilbert, Bill Hicke, Michael Ryder, Brad Marsh, Steve Bernier, David Clarkson, Tom Barrasso, and Murray Brumwell.

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