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This Date In Hockey History: April 15th

1937 - Referee Mickey Ion awarded Rangers' Alex Shibicky the first penalty shot in Stanley Cup Finals history. Red Wings' rookie goalie Earl Robertson stopped the shot.

1937 - Back-up goalie Earl Robertson got his second straight shutout as Detroit beat the Rangers 3-0 in Game 5 of the Finals, to become the 1937 Stanley Cup Champions.

1952 - Detroit won the Stanley Cup when Metro Prystai had two goals and an assist and Terry Sawchuk got his 5th career playoff shutout in a 3-0 win over the Canadiens.

1984 - Philadelphia Flyers fired head coach Bob McCammon. Mike Keenan was later named as his replacement.

1989 - Calgary's Joel Otto scored the winning goal at 19:21 of overtime, and Hakan Loob picked up three assists as the Flames defeated Vancouver 4-3 in Game 7 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals.

1989 - Los Angeles' Bernie Nicholls scored twice and added two assists as the Kings won 6-3 over the Oilers, in Game 7 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals at the Forum.

1993 - Alexander Mogilny scored his 75th and 76th goals of the season, which tied him with Winnipeg Jets' rookie Teemu Selanne for the 1992-93 goal scoring championship.

1993 - Chicago's Steve Larmer played in his 884th consecutive game when the Hawks beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 at Chicago Stadium. It turned out to be the final game of Larmer's 11 year streak.

2004 - Detroit's Brett Hull picked up his 24th career playoff game-winning goal (tying him with Wayne Gretzky for 1st overall in playoff history) in a 4-1 win against the visiting Nashville Predators.

Happy Birthday to Tim Thomas, Ilya Kovalchuk, Kevin Stevens, Keith Acton, Don Marcotte, Kevin Lowe, Pavel Kubina, Ray Neufeld, Todd Elik, Jim McFadden, Sergei Krivokrasov, Tom Laidlaw, Daniel Paille, Brian Pothier, Hugh Bolton and Jimmy Waite.


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