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This Day in Hockey History – April 19

Today in hockey history, a young player helps his team win the Cup, a coach with an excellent start to his postseason career, an interesting streak for the Mighty Ducks, the face of a franchise records a goaltending milestone, and a little Game 7 fact.

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April 19, 1947 – The Leafs beat the Canadiens 2-1 in Game 6 of the Finals to win the Cup, with the game-winning goal coming from 21-year-old Ted Kennedy (the hockey player), who also added an assist. It was the Leafs third championship in six years.

April 19, 1989 – The Canadiens beat the Bruins 3-2 (OT) in Game 2 of the Adams Division Finals. With the victory, Montreal’s coach Pat Burns became the first coach to win his first six playoff games. Impressive.

April 19, 1998 – Anaheim’s Mike Crowley scored the first goal of the game (a 5-3 loss against the Blues) to extend the Mighty Ducks’ streak of goals by rookies to nine; the streak was formed over four games.

April 19, 2002 – Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender in NHL history to make 100 consecutive playoff starts for one club, playing in a 2-1 Devils loss at Carolina in Game 2 of the conference quarter-finals. That was in 2002, and Broduer hardly every misses a game, so I’m pretty sure he’s had lots of time to add to that total.

April 19, 2004 – Who doesn’t love Game 7 overtimes? The 2004 Vancouver Canucks, maybe. Calgary’s Martin Gelinas scored just one minute and 25 seconds into the match to set the record for the fastest Game 7 OT goal in NHL history, a 3-2 win for his team over Vancouver in the conference quarterfinals. It was also the first time the Flames won a playoff series since 1989 when they went on to win it all, and they made it to the Finals in 2004 but lost to the Lightning.

 

Source: Hockey Hall of Fame

Scott Finger
Scott is the former managing editor at Hooked on Hockey Magazine. He loves hockey, writing, and writing about hockey. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2011 with a useless degree in Media Communications (concentrating in Journalism). Being a New York Rangers fan (and NY Giants and Mets fan) living in Boston is very uncomfortable for him, and it'll be awkward trying to celebrate a Rangers Cup win in the streets when they inevitably win sometime in the next 100 years. He also likes long walks on the beach.
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