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This Day In Hockey History: May 24th

1974 - Philadelphia Flyers acquired Reggie Leach from the Oakland Seals, in exchange for Larry Wright, Al MacAdam, and a first round draft pick in 1974 (Ron Chipperfield).

1979 - Boston Bruins fired coach Don Cherry.

1980 - Bob Nystrom scored at 7:11 of overtime as the NY Islanders beat the Flyers 5-4 in Game 6 of the Finals, to become the 1980 Stanley Cup Champions.

1984 - Mike Keenan received his first NHL coaching job when he was named the new head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, replacing Bob McCammon.

1986 - Bobby Smith scored the winning goal, as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Flames 4-3 in Calgary, in Game 5 of the Finals, to become the 1986 Stanley Cup Champions.

1988 - The lights went out in Boston at 16:37 of the second period (due to a power outage) with the game tied 3-3 between the Bruins and the Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The scoring totals counted, but the game was replayed.

1989 - New York Rangers fired Phil Esposito as both their General Manager and coach. Neil Smith was later named their new GM, and Roger Neilson took over as coach.

1990 - Edmonton Oilers beat the Bruins 4-1 in Game 5 of the Finals in Boston, to win their fifth Stanley Cup. Bill Ranford won the Conn Smythe Trophy, as playoff MVP.

1994 - Quebec Nordiques fired Pierre Page, who had been their General Manager and Head Coach. They named Pierre Lacroix as their new General Manager.

1994 - Greg Adams scored at 20:14 of OT to lead the Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Leafs in Vancouver, to win the series and advance to Stanley Cup Finals.

1997 - Toronto Maple Leafs fired General Manager Cliff Fletcher.

Happy Birthday to Lionel Conacher, Pat Verbeek, Kris Draper, Kent-Erik Andersson, Ville Peltonen, Guillaume Latendresse, Vladimir Orszagh, Artem Anisimov, Merlyn Phillips, Alain Lemieux, Pelle Lindbergh and Bruce Gamble.


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