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April 05, 2016

This Day In Hockey History: April 5th

1919 - The death of Montreal Canadiens' star Joe Hall (during a flu epidemic) brought an end to the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals between Montreal and Seattle, with no winner declared.

1932 - Toronto's Busher Jackson became the first player to score three goals in one period of a playoff game, when he got a hat trick in the second period of a 6-4 Maple Leafs' win over the Rangers, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at New York.

1964 - Detroit's Gordie Howe became the highest career point scorer in Stanley Cup playoff history when his goal (in a 3-2 loss at Chicago) gave him 127 career playoff points (in 122 games). Howe broke the mark held by Montreal's Maurice Richard.

1970 - Boston's Bobby Orr had an assist in the final game of the season (a 3-1 win over Toronto) to become first defenseman in NHL history to lead the league in scoring. Orr finished the season with 33 goals, 87 assists, and 120 points in 76 games.

1980 - Marcel Dionne won his only NHL scoring title, with two assists in the Kings 5-3 loss to Vancouver. Dionne finished the season with 53 goals and 137 points. Oilers Wayne Gretzky also had 137 points, but had two fewer goals.

1995 - Montreal Canadiens obtained Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Islanders, in exchange for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby.

1997 - Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux formally announced that he would retire after the end of the 1996-97 season.

2002 - New Jersey's Martin Brodeur became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 35 games for six consecutive seasons, when he led the Devils to a 3-1 win over the Thrashers in Atlanta.

2003 - Peter Bondra became the Washington Capitals all-time scoring leader (passing Mike Gartner) with 2 goals (to give hime 790 points) in a 5-3 win over the visiting Penguins.

Happy Birthday to Jack Ruttan, Doug Favell, Trevor Letowski, Gord Donnelly, Zack Smith, Lars-Erik Sjoberg, John Hanna, Deryk Engelland and Butch Deadmarsh.

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