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April 01, 2013

This Day in Hockey History: April 1st



1920 - Ottawa Senators beat Seattle 6-1 in Game Five of the Finals, to become the 1920 Stanley Cup Champions.

1947 - Boston's Eddie Shore's number #2 was retired when the Bruins lost 5-1 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals to the Montreal Canadiens.

1958 - Montreal's Maurice Richard scored his seventh (and final) career playoff hat trick as the Canadiens won 4-3 at Detroit, in the 4th and deciding game of their Stanley Cup Semi-Final series.

1970 - New York Rangers' goalie Eddie Giacomin nearly scored an empty net goal at Toronto when his clearing attempt banged off the boards then skidded just wide of the Maple Leafs' net. Rangers beat the Leafs, 2-1.

1973 - Philadelphia's Rick MacLeish scored his 50th goal and 100th point of the season in a 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh. MacLeish became the first Flyer to score 50 goals in a season, and the second to get 100 points in one season.

1978 - Mike Bossy became the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals.

1981 - Wayne Gretzky broke Bobby Orr's single season record for assists, with his 103rd and 104th of the season, in a 4-4 Oilers' tie against the Colorado Rockies. Gretzky finished the season with a new NHL record of 109 assists.

1989 - Bernie Nicholls scored three goals to give him 70 on the year and 300 in his career in a 6-4 Kings win over Vancouver.

1989 - Montreal goalie Patrick Roy completed an unbeaten season at home, going 25-0-4, as the Canadiens tied the Flyers, 2-2.

1989 - New York Rangers fired coach Michel Bergeron with two games remaining in the regular season; he was replaced by General Manager Phil Esposito, who took over behind the bench.

1993 - Vancouver's Pavel Bure became the first player in team history to score 100 points in a season, in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

2002 - New Jersey's Ken Daneyko set an NHL record when his goal-less streak extended to 246 games, the longest in league history, in a 4-2 loss to the Islanders in New York. Daneyko broke the mark of 245 set by Rich Pilon.

2004 - Boston Bruins became the first team in NHL history to play 30 overtime games in one regular season; they reached the milestone with a 3-3 tie against the visiting Washington Capitals.

Happy Birthday to Scott Stevens, J.P. Dumont, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Jussi Jokinen, Darren McCarty, John Wensink, Hib Milks, Ken Reardon, Kevin Dean and Carter Ashton.

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