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May 03, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: May 3rd

1970 - Phil Esposito scored the 500th goal in Bruins playoff history.

1973 - Henri Richard set an NHL Stanley Cup record for most career playoff games, as the Canadiens lost 7-4 to Chicago in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Richard broke the record of 164 held by Red Kelly.

1974 - The Winnipeg Jets signed Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg, two of the earliest European superstars to play hockey in North America.

1979 - Boston's Jean Ratelle completed a hat trick with an overtime goal at 3:46 to lead the Bruins to a 4-3 playoff win over the Canadiens in Boston, in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

1991 - Cam Neely became Boston's all-time leading playoff goal scorer with a goal in a 5-4 overtime win over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the Wales Conference Finals. Neely's 47th career playoff goal moved him one ahead of former Bruin Phil Esposito.

1995 - Jaromir Jagr became the first European player to lead the NHL in scoring as the Penguins lost 4-3 to the visiting Panthers. Jagr and Flyers' Lindros tied with 70 pts apiece in the shortened 48-game season but Jagr led, 32-29, in goals.

2004 - Calgary's Martin Gelinas became the first player in NHL history to end three playoff series with OT goals when he scored at 19:13 of OT in a 1-0 win that eliminated Detroit from the playoffs.

2004 - Vancouver Canucks announced that General Manager Brian Burke's contract would not be extended, ending his six year career with the team.

Happy Birthday to Vyacheslav Kozlov, Jeff Halpern, Rod Langway, Ron Hextall, Bad Joe Hall, Bob Dailey, R.J. Umberger, Alain Cote, Billy Taylor, Peter Ihnacak, Paul Boutilier, Jeff Chychrun, Troy Crowder, and Anders Lindback

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