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This Day in Hockey History – April 16

An exciting day in hockey history as the Cup was hoisted several times. Also, a couple of records set by legendary defenseman that both once played for Boston.

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Six Cups were won on this day:

  • 1939 – The Bruins beat the Leafs 3-1 in Game 5 to win the Stanley Cup. Roy Conacher scored the Cup-clinching goal, and he also scored the game winners in the previous two games, making him the first player to score three consecutive game-winning goals in the postseason.
  • 1949 – The Leafs beat the Red Wings 5-1, their ninth consecutive victory, to complete the Finals sweep; it was their third straight Cup, making them the first team to win three-straight Cups.
  • 1953 – Montreal beat the Bruins 1-0 in Game 5, an overtime finish that took just 1:22 for Elmer Lach to score in, despite neither team being able to score in regulation, to give the Habs another championship.
  • 1954 – Exactly one year later, another overtime game was needed to win, as the Red Wings beat the defending champs (Habs) 2-1 in Game 7, giving them their second Cup in three years.
  • 1957 – Three years after that, the Canadiens would claim another Cup by beating Boston 5-1 in the fifth game.
  • 1961 – Chicago got in on the action by beating the Red Wings 5-1 in Game 6 to win their third championship. It was the last Cup they’d win until their most recent victory in 2010.


April 16, 1970 – Bobby Orr became the first defenseman in NHL history to score goals in four-straight playoff games, actually putting two into the back of the net in a 4-1 Bruins win against the Rangers in Game 6 of the quarter-finals. Is there any defenseman record this guy didn’t set?

April 16, 2001 – Colorado’s Ray Bourque set an NHL record by appearing in the playoffs for the 21st time, breaking the mark shared by Larry Robinson and Gordie Howe. The Avs beat the Canucks 4-3 (in what was actually Game 3) of the quarter-finals, and as we know, would go on to win the Cup, Ray’s first and only.


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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