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This Day in Hockey History – April 22

Today in hockey history, a couple of Cup wins by the same team, several playoff records are set (including goals, points, and…penalty minutes), a ridiculous playoff streak, another ridiculous playoff streak, and a good time for a first goal.

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April 22, 1945 – Toronto beat Detroit 2-1 in Game 7 of the Finals to become the Stanley Cup Champions. In the game, Walter “Babe” Pratt became the first defenseman to score the Cup-clinching goal (after nearly 30 years of awarding the Cup).

April 22, 1962 – Toronto won another Cup on this day also by the score of 2-1, this time beating Chicago in Game 6. It was their first of three-straight Cups, although that wasn’t as impressive as the 1956-60 Canadiens, who won the Cup in five-straight years.

April 22, 1976 – A player set the record for the most penalty minutes in one game…can you guess the team? Yep, Philadelphia’s Dave Schultz picked up 42 PIMs (a minor, two majors, a 10-minute misconduct, and two game misconducts) in a 8-5 Flyers loss against the Leafs in Game 6 of the quarter-finals. Part of the shenanigans might have been because of the play of one man, Toronto’s Darryl Sittler, who tied a playoff record set in 1944 for the most goals in one game with five (he also had an assist).

April 22, 1979 – Montreal goaltender Ken Dryden became the NHL’s all-time leader in playoff wins with 72 in a 5-4 Canadiens win at Toronto in Game 4 of the quarter-finals…he passed Jacques Plante for the record.

April 22, 1983 – In a 5-2 Islanders win over the Rangers in Game 6 of the Patrick Division Finals, the Isles set an NHL record by winning their 14th consecutive playoff series. If you’re keeping score at home, that means they hadn’t lost a playoff series since 1979…which also means that they hadn’t lost in the Finals for three years……which means they had won three-straight Cups. They’d win their next two series as well to win the 1983 Cup (four-straight Cups, 16-straight series) and come close to winning the next year (lost in the Finals) to extend their record to 19-straight series. That’s ridiculous domination.

April 22, 1988 – New Jersey’s Patrick Sundstrom set an NHL playoff record by recording eight points (3-5-8) in a 10-4 Devils win over the Capitals in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Finals. His teammate, Mark Johnson, had an almost-as-impressive four goals.

April 22, 1993 – The Penguins extended their NHL-record playoff winning streak to 14-straight victories with a 4-3 win over the Devils in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semis, meaning they had swept several teams in a row, including a sweep of the Blackhawks in the Finals in the previous year. I’ll let you decide if that’s more impressive than the Isles streak of 19-straight series wins.

April 22, 1998 – Ottawa’s Bruce Gardiner scored the overtime winner at 5:58 of overtime in a 2-1 Sens win over the Devils in Game 1 of the quarter-finals to become the 49th player in history whose first playoff goal came in OT. That seems like an extraordinarily high number.


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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