If you’re a fan of hockey in Motown, then this an excellent date for you. One of many Nationwide Hockey League’s most original traditions started 69 years in the past. One of many biggest common seasons got here to an finish and loads of Stanley Cup Playoff historical past was made. Let’s take our every day journey again in time to see all the perfect April 15 has given us over time.
A Busy Date for the Detroit Crimson Wings
On April 15, 1937, the Crimson Wings grew to become the primary U.S.-based NHL workforce to win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons. Goaltender Earl Robertson, who began the postseason within the minor leagues, earned his second straight shutout with a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers. He was known as up after Normie Smith was injured in the course of the Crimson Wings’ semifinal sequence. Robertson had by no means performed within the NHL earlier than this and didn’t play for Detroit once more after this recreation.
This recreation can also be remembered as a result of referee Mickey Ion awarded Alex Shibicky of the Rangers the primary penalty shot in Stanley Cup Remaining historical past. Robertson made the save to ensure he wasn’t the primary goaltender to permit a penalty-shot objective within the Stanley Cup Remaining. That distinction goes to Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes who gave up a penalty-shot objective to Chris Pronger in 2006.
One of many most unique and slimiest traditions in all of sports activities began on April 15, 1952, when the Crimson Wings grow to be the primary workforce to win the Stanley Cup with out shedding a playoff recreation. Terry Sawchuk earned his fifth profession postseason shut as Detroit beats the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 to go an ideal 8-0 within the playoffs.
The Cusimano brothers, retailer house owners within the close by Japanese Market, threw an octopus onto the ice with every of its legs, symbolizing the eight wins wanted to win the Stanley Cup. Little did they know, they began a convention that also goes on to this present day, despite the fact that a workforce has to win 16 video games for the last word prize.
On April 15, 2000, the Crimson Wings beat the Los Angles Kings 8-5 in Recreation 2 of the Western Convention Quarterfinals. The groups mixed for six objectives within the first 6:56 of play, the quickest six objectives to start out a playoff recreation since fashionable record-keeping started in 1943-44. Martin Lapointe scored his first profession playoff hat for the Crimson Wings within the victory.
Brett Hull made playoff historical past on April 15, 2004, whereas carrying a Crimson Wings uniform. He had the game-winning objective within the 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
It was the 24th game-winning playoff objective of his profession, tying Wayne Gretzky for probably the most in league historical past. Their document nonetheless stands at present and is in no actual hazard of being damaged. The lively participant with probably the most game-winning playoff objectives is Patrick Marleau, with 16.
Historic 1992-93 Season Involves an Finish
The 1992-93 common season was one of many craziest in NHL historical past. An inflow of thrilling and gifted gamers from Europe elevated the scoring league-wide, and information fell far and wide. On April 15, 1993, Teemu Selanne completed off the best rookie season within the league with a objective and an help within the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Selanne scored 76 objectives and 132 factors, that are each nonetheless rookie information. Nonetheless, Selanne was not alone on the high of the goal-scoring listing. Alexander Mogilny of the Buffalo Sabres scored his 75th and 76th objectives of the season, in a 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, to complete tied with Selanne.
Jeremy Roenick made his personal historical past that night time too. He scored his 50th objective of the season, in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, to grow to be simply the second member of the Chicago Blackhawks to ever have back-to-back 50-goal seasons. He and Bobby Hull stay the one two gamers to do it. Actually, they’re two of simply three players to ever have 50 goals in a season for the Blackhawks, with the third being Al Secord.
Luc Robitaille of the Kings scored a objective and added three assists to set an NHL single-season document for many factors by a left wing. His 125 factors in the course of the 1992-93 season stay probably the most by any participant on the place.
Not all people benefited from the elevated scoring in the course of the 1992-93 season. The San Jose Sharks misplaced 7-3 to the Calgary Flames to complete the season 11-71-2. Their 71 losses stay probably the most by any NHL workforce in a single season. Oddly sufficient, the one different workforce to lose 70 video games in a season was the 1992-93 Ottawa Senators, who went 10-70-4.
Stanley Cup Playoff Odds & Ends
On April 15, 1969, Jacques Plante and the St. Louis Blues beat the Kings 4-0. Crimson Berenson tied a document with three objectives within the second interval, whereas Plante picked up his thirteenth profession postseason shutout. On the time, he tied the all-time document that Corridor of Famer Turk Broda held. Plante retired with 14 shutouts within the Stanley Cup playoffs, the seventh-most in NHL historical past.
The Flyers set an NHL playoff document on April 15, 1976, by choosing up 30 penalties in a 5-4 loss in Toronto. The document was damaged on April 9, 1981, when the Rangers obtained hit with 31 penalties in a recreation in opposition to the Kings. The Minnesota North Stars at present maintain the document after getting 34 penalties in opposition to the Blackhawks on April 6, 1990.
One 12 months later, Rick MacLeish despatched Recreation 3 of the Flyers’ sequence with the Maple Leafs into extra time with simply 38 seconds to play in regulation. He picked up the game-winning objective lower than three minutes into the additional time to chop the Maple Leafs’ sequence result in 2-1. MacLeish grew to become the primary participant in NHL historical past to attain a game-tying objective within the final minute of play and an extra time objective in the identical playoff recreation. The Flyers went on to win the sequence in six video games after shedding the primary two contests on dwelling ice.
On April 15, 1989, Gretzky got here again to hang-out the Oilers as he and the Kings ended their two-year reign as Stanley Cup champions. He and Bernie Nichols every scored two objectives because the Kings erase a 3-1 Oilers’ sequence result in knock them out in Recreation 7 of the Smythe Division Semifinals.
Two lesser-known members of the 1991 Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins made a giant splash on April 15, 1991. Goaltender Frank Pietrangelo, subbing for the injured Tom Barrasso, picked the one playoff shutout of his profession in Recreation 7 of the Patrick Division Semifinals in opposition to the New Jersey Devils. Jiri Hrdina scored twice within the 4-0 victory to grow to be the primary participant in NHL historical past to attain the primary two postseason objectives of his profession in Recreation 7 of the identical sequence.
Pleased Birthday to You
In the present day is a really busy day for NHL birthdays with 33 gamers celebrating. You might fill out a pleasant birthday lineup with gamers like Don Marcotte (74), Tom Laidlaw (63), Keith Acton (63), Kevin Lowe (62, Corridor of Fame), Kevin Stevens (56), Jimmy Waite (52), Tim Thomas (47), Sergei Krivokrasov (47), Pavel Kubina (44), Ilya Kovalchuk (38), Cam Janssen (37), Jordan Weal (29), Calvin Pickard (29), Christian Fischer (24) and the late Jim McFadden.