April 11, 2016
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
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 7:18 pm