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April 08, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: April 8th


1937 - Referee Clarence Campbell, future NHL president, officiated his first Stanley Cup match in Game Two of Finals, a 4-2 win for Detroit over the Rangers.

1973 - Goaltender Ed Giacomin recorded the only shutout of his playoff career as the Rangers won 4-0 over the Bruins.

1981 - Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky picked up five assists as the Oilers won 6-3 at Montreal, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round.

1982 - New York Rangers' Mikko Leinonen set a Stanley Cup playoff record for most assists in one game, with six during a 7-3 win over Philadelphia.

1984 - Calgary's Paul Reinhart became the first NHL defenseman to score two career playoff hat trick.

1991 - Vancouver's Cliff Ronning scored twice, including the winner at 3:12 of overtime as the Canucks won 2-1 against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

1993 - Washington Capitals became the first team in NHL history to have three defensemen score 20 goals in one season, when Sylvain Cote scored his 20th of the year, joining Kevin Hatcher and Al Iafrate.

1994 - Rangers clinched their second NHL President's Trophy in the previous three years, with a 5-3 win over Toronto.

1996 - The NHL's Winnipeg Jets announced their name change to the "Phoenix Coyotes", beginning with the 1996-97 NHL season.

2000 - Toronto Maple Leafs surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time in team history, with a 4-2 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

Happy Birthday to Dave Richter, Marco Baron, Ron Huston and Tommy Abrahamsson.

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