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May 05, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: May 5th

1966 - Henri Richard scored the game winner at 2:20 of overtime (the only overtime goal of his playoff career) as Montreal beat Detroit 3-2 in Game Six, to win the 1966 Stanley Cup Championship.

1970 - Bobby Orr had two assists to raise his playoff total to 18 points, a new record for defensemen in one year (breaking Tim Horton's mark of 16), as Boston beat the Blues 6-2 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, at St. Louis.

1972 - Boston's Bobby Orr became the first player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy (as the NHL's MVP) three straight seasons. He also became the first NHL player to win the Norris Trophy five straight years.

1974 - Philadelphia Flyers beat the Rangers 4-3 in Game 7 of the Semi-Finals to become the first post-1967 expansion team to win a playoff series from one of the "original six" NHL teams. The Flyers went on to beat Boston to win the Stanley Cup.

1981 - Rookie Dino Ciccarelli scored a hat trick in the North Stars' 7-4 playoff win over Calgary, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals in Minnesota.

1984 - New York Islanders' goaltender Bill Smith became the NHL's all-time leader in career playoff victories, in a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. His 81st career Stanley Cup win moved him one ahead of Ken Dryden.

Happy Birthday to Johan Hedberg, Ziggy Palffy, Mikael Renberg, Willy Lindstrom, Jim Conacher, Mike Stapleton, Bruce Affleck, Grant Jennings, Brad Bombardir, Radovan Somik, Pavel Vorobiev and Andrew Peters

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