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This Day In Hockey History: April 17th


1933 - Red Wings' Carl Voss was voted the best rookie in the NHL for the 1932-33 season.

1969 - Gerry Cheevers became the first goaltender in playoff history to get 3 straight shutouts at home.

1973 - John McLellan resigned as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Red Kelly was later named as his replacement.

1973 - Larry Robinson scored the first playoff goal of his NHL career at 6:45 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win over the visiting Flyers.

1976 - Philadelphia's Reggie Leach began an NHL playoff record 10 game goal scoring streak during a 4-3 loss at Toronto.

1977 - Los Angeles Kings' right wing Don Kozak set an NHL record for fastest goal from start of playoff game, scoring :06 into the start of a 7-4 win over Boston.

1983 - Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky set a playoff record for most points in a game, with seven (on four goals and three assists) in a 10-2 win at Calgary. The record was broken in 1988 when Patrick Sundstrom scored eight in a game for New Jersey.

1983 - Buffalo's Mike Ramsey became the second defenseman in NHL history to score goals in four straight playoff games.

Edmonton's Paul Coffey set a Stanley Cup record for defensemen, with a goal in his fifth consecutive playoff game, a 10-2 Oilers win over the Flames in Calgary

1993 - New York Rangers named Mike Keenan as their new head coach.

1996 - John Vanbiesbrouck had 42 saves as Florida won 6-3 over the visiting Boston Bruins. It was the Panthers' first playoff game in team history.

1997 - Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender to score a goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs when his empty-netter sealed a 5-2 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

1999 - New Jersey Devils set an NHL record with their 28th road win of the season, a 4-1 victory at Nashville. Devils broke the record of 27 road wins Montreal set in 1976-77 and 1977-78.

Happy Birthday to Borje Salming, Dennis Hextall, Tommy Williams, Brad Boyes, Herbie Lewis, Eric Brewer, Chuck Kobasew, Ken Daneyko, David Oliver, Stanislav Chistov, Bob Gassoff, Roger Johansson, Konstantin Koltsov, Jimmy Mann and Gerry McNeil.

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