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April 02, 2013

This Day in Hockey History: April 2nd


1927 - New York Rangers' Lorne Chabot became the first rookie goalie in NHL history to get a shutout in his first playoff game, when he and Bruins' Hal Winkler traded shutouts in a scoreless tie, in Game One of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

1939 - Rookie Mel Hill scored after 48 minutes of overtime to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 playoff win over the Rangers in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. It was Hill's third overtime goal in the Semi-Final series against New York, an NHL record.

1972 - Bobby Hull scored his final goal as a member of the Chicago Black Hawks, #604 in a 6-1 win over Detroit at Chicago Stadium. It was his 50th goal of the season, and Hull became the first player to score 50 or more goals five times in his career.

1980 - Edmonton rookie Wayne Gretzky became the first teenager to score 50 goals in a season, when the 19-year-old first year NHL player scored for the Oilers in a 1-1 tie against the Minnesota North Stars, at Northlands Coliseum.

1983 - Philadelphia's Dave Poulin played in his first NHL game, and scored his first two career goals on his first two shots, as the Flyers won, 6-3 at Toronto.

1986 - Paul Coffey scored his 47th and 48th goals of the season, in an 8-4 win against Vancouver, to break Bobby Orr's NHL record for most goals by a defenseman.

1993 - Maine Black Bears' left winger Paul Kariya became the first freshman ever to win the Hobey Baker award, as the NCAA player of the year.

1994 - San Jose Sharks beat Vancouver 7-4, for their 77th point of the season (with a record of 31-33-15), which gave them a 53-point improvement over the previous season, the biggest turnaround by any team in NHL history.

Happy Birthday to Dwight Foster, Alex Smith, Buster Harvey and Brad Ference.

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