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April 23, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: April 23rd

1950 - In the first ever Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals that went into overtime, Pete Babando scored at 28:31 of OT to give Detroit a 4-3 win over the Rangers -- and the 1950 Stanley Cup Championship.

1964 - Toronto Maple Leafs Bobby Baun scored the series-tying game-winning goal in over time against Detroit Red Wings. He did it on a factured leg.

1972 - Hockey Canada announced that an eight game series between the best NHL'ers and the Soviet National Team would be played in September.

1992 - Mario Lemieux had three goals and three assists in the Penguins' 6-4 win over Washington. Lemieux tied a playoff record with four points in one period.

1992 - Scotty Bowman became the NHL's all time leader in playoff wins, passing Al Arbour who had 114 career playoff wins with the Islanders.

1992 - Terry Crisp was hired as the first head coach of the new Tampa Bay Lightning.

1993 - Rookie Teemu Selanne scored the only playoff hat trick in Winnipeg Jets playoff history, in a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

1998 - St. Louis' Geoff Courtnall set a team playoff scoring record with six points (a goal and five assists), as the Blues won 8-3 against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

2002 - Steve Yzerman became Detroit's all-time leading playoff scorer, breaking Gordie Howe's Red Wings' record of 158 playoff points.

2002 - Brent Johnson became the first goaltender in NHL history to earn shutouts in his first three career playoff victories.

2003 - Minnesota's Andrew Brunette scored in OT to beat the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7, winning the franchise's first playoff series.

Happy Birthday to Tony Esposito, Reggie Leach, Ryan Walter, Harry "Rat" Westwick, Claude Julien, Gregg Sheppard, Wayne Merrick, Patrick Poulin, Willie Mitchell, Jock Callander, Ken McRae, Dana Tyrell, Derek Armstrong, Greg Smyth, Dave Amadio, Ryan Hollweg and Alain Chevrier

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