April 17, 1997 - Martin Brodeur becomes the second NHL goalie to score in a playoff game


In the first game of a first-round playoff matchup against the Montreal CanadiansMartin Brodeur fired the puck the length of the ice and into the Canadiens’ empty net to ensure a 5–2 victory. It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall. The New Jersey Devils went on to win that series, but lost in the second round to the rival New York Rangers.

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Apr. 16, 1949 - The Toronto Maple Leafs became the first team to win three straight Stanley Cup titles


The 1949 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs, the second straight final series between Detroit and Toronto. The Maple Leafs won the series in four straight games to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup and eighth in the history of the franchise.

The Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to win the Cup in three straight seasons. The Leafs also won nine straight finals games. By defeating Detroit, Toronto won the Stanley Cup with a losing record. The only other team to win the Stanley Cup after finishing the regular season with a losing record was the 1938 Chicago Blackhawks.

Apr. 11, 1989 - Ron Hextall became the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal in the playoffs


Ron Hextall became the first NHL goaltender to score a goal by shooting the puck into the opponent’s empty net, against the Boston Bruins in the 1987–88 season. The following season, he became the first to score in the playoffs, by shooting the puck into the Washington Capitals’ empty net. His mobile style of play, in which he provided support to his defencemen by coming out of the goal area to play the puck was revolutionary, and inspired future generations of goaltenders, such as Martin Brodeur. He was also known for being one of the NHL’s most aggressive goaltenders: he was suspended for six or more games on three occasions, had more than 100 penalty minutes in each of his first three seasons, and set new records for the number of penalty minutes recorded by a goaltender in the NHL.

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Apr. 4, 1986 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with his 213th point of the season


Wayne Gretzky won his seventh straight Hart Memorial Trophy and his sixth straight Art Ross trophy. During the 1985-86 season Gretzky scored 52 goals, and set records with 163 assists and 215 points. This was the fourth time in five years that Gretzky reached the 200 point plateau; no other player would reach the 200 point mark, although Mario Lemieux would garner 199 points in 76 games in 1989.

Apr. 3, 1988 - Mario Lemieux wins the NHL scoring title

Mario Lemieux's 168 points bested Wayne Gretzky, who had dominated the league as the top scorer for an amazing seven seasons.

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"You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours." - Herb Brooks

Seize the moment. Make it count.

Mar. 26, 1931 - Art Ross is the first coach to pull his goalie for an extra attacker

In a playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens, Art Ross substituted goaltender Tiny Thompson for a sixth skater in the final minute of play. Although the Boston Bruins lost the game 1–0, Ross became the first coach to replace his goaltender with an extra attacker, a tactic which became widespread practice in hockey. The Canadiens would go on to win the series and the 1931 Championship.

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Mar. 23, 1952 - Bill Mosienko scored the fastest hat trick in NHL history, 3 goals in 21 seconds

Bill Mosienko played 14 seasons in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks. He appeared in five All-Star Games during his career. His most famous moment came on March 23, 1952, in a game against the New York Rangers on the final night of the regular season. He scored three goals in a 21-second span of the third period against New York’s Lorne Anderson to set a new record for the fastest hat-trick by one player. Line-mate Gus Bodnar assisted on all three goals, and he nearly had a fourth goal 45 seconds later on a shot that deflected off the goalpost. As of 2014 Mosienko’s feat remains an NHL record.

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Mar. 21, 1994 - Wayne Gretzky tied Gordie Howe’s NHL record of 801 goals

Wayne Gretzky would go on to score 894 goals and 2,857 points in his career. He broke 61 offensive NHL records along the way including most goals in a season with 92 in 1981-82, and most points in a season with 215 in 1985-86. That tally beat his own previous record of 212 points set four seasons earlier. No. 99 surpassed the 200-point mark four times in his career with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers.

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"I want to be the best. So whatever comes with that, I have to accept it." - Sidney Crosby

It comes with the territory.

Mar. 17, 1940 - first time in NHL history, one line finished 1-2-3 in league scoring

The 1939–40 NHL season was the 23rd season for the National Hockey League. Of the league’s seven teams, the Boston Bruins were the best in the 48-game regular season. The first place Boston Bruins had a new coach in Cooney Weiland, their one-time captain, and were once again led by their Kraut Line, Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, and Bobby Bauer as they finished 1–2–3 in overall league scoring. Unfortunately, the potent three were unable to help the Bruins get past the first round of the playoffs as the Bruins lost in six games to the New York Rangers.

Mar. 5, 1985 - Mike Bossy became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons


Montreal native, Mike Bossy played for the New York Islanders for his entire career and was a crucial part of their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. Among many other remarkable achievements, he was the only player in NHL history to score consecutive Stanley Cup winning goals, in 1982 and 1983, the only player to record four game-winning goals in one series (1983 Conference Final), is the NHL all-time leader in average goals per regular season game, and one of only five players to score 50 goals in 50 games.

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"The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it." - Wayne Gretzky

Hard work. Dedication.

Mar. 1, 1988 - Wayne Gretzky becomes the NHL’s all-time leader in assists

Wayne Gretzky picked up a first period assist to move ahead of Gordie Howe as the NHL's all time leader in career assists. Howe had 1,049 assists in 26 years, Gretzky 1,050 in 9 years. That night the Edmonton Oilers beat the Kings 5-3.

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"Great moments are born from great opportunity." - Herb Brooks

Seize the moment.

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