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This Day In Hockey History: May 18th

1971 - Montreal's Henri Richard scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win at Chicago, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Montreal won the Stanley Cup for the 17th time in team history.

1971 - 23-year-old rookie goalie Ken Dryden won the Conn Smythe Trophy with a 12-8 record and a 3.00 GAA in the playoffs.

1971 - Jean Beliveau played his final game in a Canadiens' uniform.

1973 - Boston's Bobby Orr was named winner of the Norris Trophy. It was the first time in NHL history that a player had won an individual award six consecutive seasons.

1981 - Vancouver Canucks signed Swedish forward Lars Molin and Swedish defenseman Anders Eldebrink as free agents.

1984 - 33-year-old Bill LaForge was hired as the eighth head coach in Vancouver Canuck history, replacing Harry Neale.

1986 - Montreal center Brian Skrudland scored the fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup playoff history (just :09 into the game) to give Montreal a 3-2 win over Calgary, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1990 - Calgary Flames named Doug Risebrough as their new head coach, replacing Terry Crisp. Risebrough became the sixth head coach in Flames' history.

1997 - Wayne Gretzky scored the 10th playoff hat trick of his career, a NHL record, in the New York Rangers 5-4 win at Philadelphia, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

2002 - Darren McCarty scored his first career playoff hat trick, in the third period as the Red Wings won 5-3 against the visiting Colorado Avalanche, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

Happy Birthday to Jari Kurri, Brent Ashton, Jim Fox, Marty McSorley, Oleg Tverdovsky, John Chabot, Manny Malhotra, Jay Wells, Turner Stevenson, Darren Van Impe and Bob Janecyk.


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