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This Day in Hockey History – April 14

Today in hockey history, a bunch of Stanley Cup championships, a coach who took matters into his own hands, the fastest two goals in playoff history, a team sets a record for winning away from home, and a playoff non-conventional win streak.

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Five Stanley Cups were won on this day:

  • 1928 – The Rangers beat the Montreal Maroons 2-1 in Game 5 to win their first Stanley Cup; they got their name engraved in just their second season in the NHL
  • 1931 – George Hainsworth and the Canadiens shutout the Black Hawks for Montreal’s second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship
  • 1948 – Toronto beat Detroit 7-2 in Game 4 to complete the sweep and win their second consecutive Cup
  • 1955 – The Red Wings took the Canadiens to Game 7 and beat them 3-1 for the Cup
  • 1960 – Montreal shutout Toronto 4-0 to win their fifth-straight Stanley Cup, the only team to ever do so, and probably the only time that will ever happen


April 14, 1970 – Minnesota’s Charlie Burns became the last player/coach in NHL history to score a goal, doing so in his team’s 6-3 loss in St. Louis in Game 5. When asked about the game, Burns blamed the loss on poor coaching decisions, I assume.

April 14, 1979 – The Sabres’ Gil Perreault and Penguins’ Jim Hamilton scored just five seconds apart in the first period to combine for the fastest two goals in playoff history. The Penguins won 4-3 in Game 3 on the preliminary round.

April 14, 1999 – The Devils tied an NHL record for the most road wins in a season with 27 with a 2-1 victory at Buffalo, joining the 1976-77 and 1977-78 Canadiens (they did it in back-to-back years).

April 14, 2001 – Detroit set an interesting NHL record by winning their 13th consecutive playoff game in first-round series, passing the mark set by Edmonton in 1983-86.


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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