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This Day In Hockey History: April 11th

1956 - Toronto Maple Leafs named Howie Meeker as their new coach. Meeker replaced King Clancy, who was promoted to assistant GM.

1965 - Detroit's Norm Ullman set a Stanley Cup playoff record for fastest two goals -- five seconds.

1971 - Boston's Bobby Orr became the first defenseman since 1922 to score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in a 5-2 Bruins win at Montreal.

1975 - NY Islanders won their first playoff series in team history, beating NY Rangers 4-3, on J.P. Parise's goal at :11 seconds of overtime.

1980 - Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull appeared in their final NHL games, when the Hartford Whalers lost to Montreal in Game 4 of their playoff series.

1981 - Boston and Minnesota combined to set a Stanley Cup playoff record for most shorthanded goals in one game, with four.

1987 - Goaltender Bob Mason recorded the first playoff shutout in Washington Capitals history in a 2-0 win over the Islanders at New York.

1989 - Ron Hextall became the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal in Stanley Cup competition

1997 - Mario Lemieux became the first player in NHL history to get his 50th goal of the season on a penalty shot

2004 - Montreal's Jose Theodore became just the 3rd NHL goalie to get 2 assists in a playoff game, when he assisted on both of Alex Kovalev's goals in the 1st period in a 3-2 win over the visiting Bruins.

2004 - Despite being outshot 15-1 in the first 15 minutes of the game, Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves to help the Predators record the first playoff victory in team history, 3-1 over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Happy Birthday to Trevor Linden, Alexandre Burrows, John Gould, Jim Nill, Pierre Lacroix, Ben Clymer, Viktor Gordiouk, Rocky Trottier and Richard Sevigny


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