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This Day In Hockey History: April 12th

1945 - Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie goalie Frank McCool set a new Stanley Cup record with his third consecutive playoff shutout, 1-0 over Detroit.

1960 - Montreal's Maurice "Rocket" Richard scored his 82nd (and final) NHL playoff goal in Game 3 of the Finals against Toronto.

1986 - Wayne Gretzky picked up career playoff assists #102 and #103 to pass Islanders' Denis Potvin and move into first place on the all time NHL playoff assist list.

1986 - New York Islanders' Mike Bossy scored his 83rd career playoff goal to break Maurice Richard's long held NHL record of 82.

1991 - San Jose Sharks named George Kingston as their first head coach.

1992 - Brett Hull scored his 300th career NHL goal (and 500th career point) to lead the Blues to a 1-1 tie against the North Stars, in Minnesota. Hull scored the third fastest 300 goals (after Gretzky and Lemieux) in NHL history.

1993 - Flyers' Mark Recchi set a team record with his 120th point of the season in a 1-0 win over the Rangers, at the Spectrum.

1994 - Mike Modano became the first player in Dallas Stars history to score 50 goals in a season.

1996 - Keith Tkachuk became the third player in Jets history to score 50 goals in a season.

1996 - Detroit set an NHL record with their 61st win of the year, 5-3 over the visiting Blackhawks. The Wings broke the record of 60 set by Montreal in 1976-77.

2004 - Despite being outshot 37-17 by the Senators, Ed Belfour recorded his second consecutive shutout (and the 13th of his playoff career) in Toronto's 2-0 win at Ottawa, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

Happy Birthday to Roman Hamrlik, Adam Graves, Tomas Jonsson, Don Grosso, Paul Woods, Niclas Havelid, Tim Sweeney, Bob Girard, Al Dewsbury, Kent Manderville, Mike Bloom, Bert McCaffrey, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Krzysztof Oliwa and Magnus Paajarvi.


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