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This Day In Hockey History: April 21st

1938 - Toe Blake scored the winning goal in overtime, as Montreal beat Detroit 5-4 before a crowd of 8,000 in Earlscourt, England, in the first of a nine game European tour between the two teams. Games were played in England and France.

1945 - Detroit's rookie goalie Harry Lumley recorded his second career playoff shutout and Ed "Mud" Bruneteau scored at 14:16 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 win at Toronto, in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1951 - Toronto's Bill Barilko scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal at 2:53 of overtime to defeat Montreal 3-2 in Game 5 of the Finals. It was the only Stanley Cup series in NHL history in which every game ended in overtime.

1974 - Boston's John Bucyk tied a Stanley Cup playoff record set in 1939 for most power play goals in one game, when he had three (along with an assist) in an 8-6 Bruins' win over the visiting Chicago Black Hawks in Game 2 of the Semi-Finals.

1978 - In a WHA game at Edmonton, Hartford's Gordie Howe scored on the first shift, just minutes after finding out that he had become a grandfather! Mark and Ginger Howe's first son Travis made Gordie the first Grandpa in pro hockey history.

1980 - Quebec Nordiques signed free agent Miroslav Frycer.

1990 - Washington's John Druce scored a hat trick (with a goal in each period) as the Capitals won 6-3 over the Rangers.

1993 - Goaltender Curtis Joseph stopped 47 shots to record his first career playoff shutout in the Blues 2-0 win over the Blackhawks, at Chicago.

1995 - Los Angeles Kings fired head coach Barry Melrose.

Happy Birthday to Michel Goulet, Ed Belfour, Vincent Lecavalier, Steve Vickers, Reggie Fleming, Alexander Edler, Nick Beverley, Jack Evans, Mark Lofthouse, Larry Skinner, Roman Vopat, Derek Meech, Doug Soetart and Jacques Caron


Seb Renaud said…
I barely remember Frycer's stay in Québec city with the Nordiques. I was sad the poor guy got traded at the time since he seem to be doing well, playing at times with the Stastny bros.

Playing during the Harold Ballard's era must have been traumatising for Frycer, knowing how much a racist Pal Hal was.

Then again, you didnt have to be from the old continent to be despised by Mr.Ballard...

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