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This Day in Hockey History – May 5

Today in hockey history, another Stanley Cup win for an Original Six team, two awards won by a player sets two records at the time, a playoff goaltending record, and an unlikely victory for an unlikely team.

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May 5, 1966 – The Canadiens beat the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime of Game 6 of the Finals to win the Cup; Henri Richard scored the OT winner to clinch one of his absurd 11 player championships.

May 5, 1972 – Boston’s Bobby Orr became the first player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP for three-straight seasons, which is even more impressive since he was a defenseman, a position rarely glorified. And because that wasn’t enough, he also became the first player to win the Norris Trophy for five-straight years. Although, Gretzky would blow him out of the water by winning an earth-shattering eighth-straight Hart Trophies (1979-87…and he’d win his record ninth in the 1988-89 season). But Orr still had the Norris Trophy, and he’d eventually win eight-straight, the longest streak of all time for that award and his eight is most total of all time.

May 5, 1984 – New York Islanders’ goaltender Billy Smith became the NHL’s all-time leader in career playoff victories when his team beat the Canadiens 4-1 to record his 81st playoff win. His 81st moved him one ahead of Ken Dryden. They’ve both since been significantly passed Patrick Roy (151) and three others.

May 5, 2002 – Despite being outshot 46-16 by Carolina, Montreal’s Jose Theodore made 45 saves to lead his eighth-seeded team to a decisive 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes in Game 2 of the conference semis. That might have seemed like a demoralizing loss, but the Canes would win the series in six and eventually advance to the Finals (where they’d lose to the Red Wings in five).


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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