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*'''December 19, 1917: The First NHL Game: One and Done''' ([[Montreal Wanderers]] 10, [[Toronto Arenas]] 9)
 
*'''December 19, 1917: The First NHL Game: One and Done''' ([[Montreal Wanderers]] 10, [[Toronto Arenas]] 9)
:The Wanderers were established in 1903, and had garnered success in several hockey leagues (including the [[National Hockey Association]]) before joining the NHL in 1917. The Wanderers played the first overall game in NHL history against the Arenas. [[Dave Ritchie]] of the Wanderers scored the first goal in NHL history one minute into its first game. Then, his teammate [[Harry Hyland]] became the first NHL player to [[List of players with five or more goals in an NHL game|score five goals in one game]]. Another tally by Ritchie in the third period helped the Wanderers to a 10–9 win over the Torontos. On this same day, the [[Montreal Canadiens]] played the [[Ottawa Senators (original)|Ottawa Senators]]. In this game, [[Joe Malone (ice hockey)|Joe Malone]] matched Hyland's feat, becoming the second player in NHL history to score five goals in a game in their 7–4 win over the Senators.
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::The Wanderers were established in 1903, and had garnered success in several hockey leagues (including the [[National Hockey Association]]) before joining the NHL in 1917. The Wanderers played the first overall game in NHL history against the Arenas. [[Dave Ritchie]] of the Wanderers scored the first goal in NHL history one minute into its first game. Then, his teammate [[Harry Hyland]] became the first NHL player to [[List of players with five or more goals in an NHL game|score five goals in one game]]. Another tally by Ritchie in the third period helped the Wanderers to a 10–9 win over the Torontos. On this same day, the [[Montreal Canadiens]] played the [[Ottawa Senators (original)|Ottawa Senators]]. In this game, [[Joe Malone (ice hockey)|Joe Malone]] matched Hyland's feat, becoming the second player in NHL history to score five goals in a game in their 7–4 win over the Senators.
::The Canadiens became the most successful team in NHL history in terms of both winning percentage and Stanley Cup championships. The Wanderers did not share the same success. They lost their next four games, and their home stadium of [[Montreal Arena]] then burned down on January 2, 1918. While the Canadiens also played at the Montreal Arena, they were able to move back to [[Jubilee Arena]] after the fire, whereas the floundering Wanderers had few options. Ultimately, the Wanderers had to disband. Their next two games were logged as defaults to their opponents, and the rest of their games were removed from the schedule. The Wanderers stand as both the winner of the first game in NHL history, and the only team to have only one win in the history of the league.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1918_games.html|title=1917-18 NHL Season Schedule and Results|publisher=Hockey Reference.com|accessdate=January 9, 2015}}</ref>
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::The Canadiens went on to become the most successful team in NHL history in terms of both winning percentage and Stanley Cup championships. The Wanderers did not share the same success. They lost their next four games, and their home stadium of [[Montreal Arena]] then burned down on January 2, 1918. While the Canadiens also played at the Montreal Arena, they were able to move back to [[Jubilee Arena]] after the fire, whereas the floundering Wanderers had few options. Ultimately, the Wanderers had to disband. Their next two games were logged as defaults to their opponents, and the rest of their games were removed from the schedule. The Wanderers stand as both the winner of the first game in NHL history, and the only team to have only one win in the history of the league.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1918_games.html|title=1917-18 NHL Season Schedule and Results|publisher=Hockey Reference.com|accessdate=January 9, 2015}}</ref>
   
 
*'''April 1–5, 1919: [[1919 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals Cancelled]], [[Joe Hall]] Dies''' ([[Seattle Metropolitans]] vs. [[Montreal Canadiens]])
 
*'''April 1–5, 1919: [[1919 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals Cancelled]], [[Joe Hall]] Dies''' ([[Seattle Metropolitans]] vs. [[Montreal Canadiens]])
 
*:The Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans were the league champions of the NHL and PCHA respectively. They met in the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals, where the Metropolitans were defending Cup champions. The series started on March 22, after five games was tied 2–2. Game 4 ended in a tie, which ultimately led to agreements to play later games until a winner was determined.
 
*:The Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans were the league champions of the NHL and PCHA respectively. They met in the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals, where the Metropolitans were defending Cup champions. The series started on March 22, after five games was tied 2–2. Game 4 ended in a tie, which ultimately led to agreements to play later games until a winner was determined.
 
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*:The deciding game 6 was scheduled for April 1 but would not be played, as several players on both teams became seriously ill due to the [[1918 flu pandemic|outbreak of influenza]], which was spread worldwide by this point. Stars such as [[Joe Hall]], [[Newsy Lalonde]], [[Billy Coutu]], [[Louis Berlinguette]], Jack McDonald, and manager [[George Kennedy (sports promoter)|George Kennedy]] of Montreal were among those hospitalized or otherwise immobile from sickness. Seattle, despite the same infliction, was still healthy enough at this point to ice a team for game 6. Canadiens manager [[George Kennedy (sports promoter)|George Kennedy]] decided to forfeit game 6 and the series to Seattle, but Seattle manager [[Pete Muldoon]] refused to accept the Cup in such a manner, as it was uncontrollable circumstance that caused Montreal to forfeit.
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*:The deciding game 6 was scheduled for April 1 but would not be played, as several players on both teams became seriously ill due to the [[1918 flu pandemic|outbreak of influenza]], which was spread worldwide by this point. Stars such as [[Joe Hall]], [[Newsy Lalonde]], [[Billy Coutu]], [[Louis Berlinguette]], Jack McDonald, and manager [[George Kennedy (sports promoter)|George Kennedy]] of Montreal were among those hospitalized or otherwise immobile from sickness. Seattle, despite the same infliction, was still healthy enough at this point to ice a team for game 6. Canadiens manager [[George Kennedy (sports promoter)|George Kennedy]] decided to forfeit game 6 and the series to Seattle, but Seattle manager [[Pete Muldoon]] refused to accept the Cup in such a manner, as it was uncontrollable circumstance that caused Montreal to forfeit.
 
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*:On April 5, Joe Hall died of pneumonia induced by his bout with the flu. George Kennedy was left permanently weakened by the flu, leading to his death in 1921. The series remained incomplete, and no team was awarded the Stanley Cup in 1919. There was no engraving for the 1919 series until the Cup redesign in 1948, in which text denoting the opponents and incompletion of the series was added. Joe Hall was elected to the [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] in 1961. This remains the only Stanley Cup Finals never to be ''completed'', and is one of two times in NHL history [[2004-05 NHL season|in which the Cup was never awarded]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2009/04/flu-epidemic-cancelled-stanley-cup-in.html|title=Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Flu Epidemic Cancelled Stanley Cup in 1919|publisher=Greatesthockeylegends.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*:On April 5, Joe Hall died of pneumonia induced by his bout with the flu. George Kennedy was left permanently weakened by the flu, leading to his death in 1921. The series remained incomplete, and no team was awarded the Stanley Cup in 1919. There was no engraving for the 1919 series until the Cup redesign in 1948, in which text denoting the opponents and incompletion of the series was added. Joe Hall was elected to the [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] in 1961. This remains the only Stanley Cup Finals never to be ''completed'', and is one of two times in NHL history [[2004-05 NHL season|in which the Cup was never awarded]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2009/04/flu-epidemic-cancelled-stanley-cup-in.html|title=Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Flu Epidemic Cancelled Stanley Cup in 1919|publisher=Greatesthockeylegends.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::In what was the first of many playoff matchups in what would become one of the NHL's [[Blackhawks–Red Wings rivalry|most intense rivalries]], these two midwest teams met in the 1934 Cup Finals. Both teams were vying for their first franchise Stanley Cup. Chicago won game 1 in double overtime 2–1, and the teams exchanged blowout victories in the next two games. Chicago took game two 4–1, and Detroit got their lone win of the series in game three, 5–2. Game 4 was the lowest scoring game of the series, with regulation ending deadlocked at 0–0. There would be no scoring until 10:05 of the second overtime, where Black Hawks forward [[Mush March|Harold 'Mush' March]] scored the game and Cup winner for Chicago. This goal was the [[List of Stanley Cup Final overtime series winners|first overtime goal to win the Stanley Cup in NHL history]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2002-01-10/sports/0201100327_1_75th-anniversary-villa-park-puck|title=Harold `Mush' March, 93|work=Chicago Tribune|accessdate=January 5, 2015}}</ref>
 
::In what was the first of many playoff matchups in what would become one of the NHL's [[Blackhawks–Red Wings rivalry|most intense rivalries]], these two midwest teams met in the 1934 Cup Finals. Both teams were vying for their first franchise Stanley Cup. Chicago won game 1 in double overtime 2–1, and the teams exchanged blowout victories in the next two games. Chicago took game two 4–1, and Detroit got their lone win of the series in game three, 5–2. Game 4 was the lowest scoring game of the series, with regulation ending deadlocked at 0–0. There would be no scoring until 10:05 of the second overtime, where Black Hawks forward [[Mush March|Harold 'Mush' March]] scored the game and Cup winner for Chicago. This goal was the [[List of Stanley Cup Final overtime series winners|first overtime goal to win the Stanley Cup in NHL history]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2002-01-10/sports/0201100327_1_75th-anniversary-villa-park-puck|title=Harold `Mush' March, 93|work=Chicago Tribune|accessdate=January 5, 2015}}</ref>
 
*'''March 24–25, 1936: The Longest Game in NHL History''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 1, [[Montreal Maroons]] 0, Game 1, 6OT, [[1935-36 NHL season|Stanley Cup Semi-Finals]])
 
*'''March 24–25, 1936: The Longest Game in NHL History''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 1, [[Montreal Maroons]] 0, Game 1, 6OT, [[1935-36 NHL season|Stanley Cup Semi-Finals]])
*:Three years after the [[Boston Bruins]] and [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] [[Overtime (ice hockey)#Longest NHL overtime games|played the longest game in NHL history at the time]], the Red Wings and Maroons surpassed that mark. The two teams met each other during the best-of-five Semi-Finals. Game 1 was played at the [[Montreal Forum]] with a start time of March 24, 8:30 PM, and regulation ended in a 0–0 tie. It went on to six overtimes before a winner was declared, the second game in NHL history after the Bruins-Leafs game in 1933 to do so. Finally, at the 16:30 mark of the sixth overtime period, Red Wings forward [[Mud Bruneteau]] scored on Montreal goalie [[Lorne Chabot]] to end the game and take a 1–0 series lead for Detroit. The local time was March 25, 2:25 AM. The two teams played for 176:30, with 116:30 of that in overtime, almost three consecutive hockey games back-to-back-to-back. Lorne Chabot became notable for playing in the two longest NHL games ever played (he was in goal for the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] during their 1933 6OT win), with a 1–1 record between them. He made 66 saves in the game. Detroit goalie [[Normie Smith]]'s 92 saves are still an NHL record.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/news/celebrating-nhls-longest-game-played-march-24-25-1936|title=Celebrating NHL’s longest game, played March 24-25, 1936|work=Hockey Inside/Out|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> Detroit swept the series 3–0, and go on to win their first franchise Stanley Cup. No NHL game has gone to six overtimes since.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1936-detroit-red-wings-vs-montreal-maroons-semi-finals.html|title=1936 NHL Stanley Cup Semi-Finals: Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Maroons - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*:Three years after the [[Boston Bruins]] and [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] [[Overtime (ice hockey)#Longest NHL overtime games|played the longest game in NHL history at the time]], the Red Wings and Maroons surpassed that mark. The two teams met each other during the best-of-five Semi-Finals. Game 1 was played at the [[Montreal Forum]] with a start time of March 24, 8:30 PM, and regulation ended in a 0–0 tie. It would go on to six overtimes before a winner was declared, the second game in NHL history after the Bruins-Leafs game in 1933 to do so. Finally, at the 16:30 mark of the sixth overtime period, Red Wings forward [[Mud Bruneteau]] scored on Montreal goalie [[Lorne Chabot]] to end the game and take a 1–0 series lead for Detroit. The local time was March 25, 2:25 AM. The two teams played for 176:30, with 116:30 of that in overtime, almost three consecutive hockey games back-to-back-to-back. Lorne Chabot became notable for playing in the two longest NHL games ever played (he was in goal for the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] during their 1933 6OT win), with a 1–1 record between them. He made 66 saves in the game. Detroit goalie [[Normie Smith]]'s 92 saves are still an NHL record.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/news/celebrating-nhls-longest-game-played-march-24-25-1936|title=Celebrating NHL’s longest game, played March 24-25, 1936|work=Hockey Inside/Out|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> Detroit would sweep the series 3–0, and go on to win their first franchise Stanley Cup. No NHL game has gone to six overtimes since.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1936-detroit-red-wings-vs-montreal-maroons-semi-finals.html|title=1936 NHL Stanley Cup Semi-Finals: Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Maroons - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
   
 
===1940s===
 
===1940s===
 
*'''April 18, 1942: Toronto Pulls Off the Ultimate Comeback''' ([[Toronto Maple Leafs]] 3, [[Detroit Red Wings]] 1, Game 7, [[1942 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
 
*'''April 18, 1942: Toronto Pulls Off the Ultimate Comeback''' ([[Toronto Maple Leafs]] 3, [[Detroit Red Wings]] 1, Game 7, [[1942 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
*:The Maple Leafs and the Red Wings met in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in 1942, with Detroit having won the [[1936 Stanley Cup Finals|1936 matchup]]. The series began on April 4 in Toronto, where Detroit would win game one 3–2. They took take game 2 by a 4–2 score, then would head back to Detroit and win game 3 at [[Olympia Stadium]] 5–2. Detroit was firmly in control of the series 3–0 at this point.
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*:The Maple Leafs and the Red Wings met in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in 1942, with Detroit having won the [[1936 Stanley Cup Finals|1936 matchup]]. The series began on April 4 in Toronto, where Detroit would win game one 3–2. They would then take game 2 by a 4–2 score, then would head back to Detroit and win game 3 at [[Olympia Stadium]] 5–2. Detroit was firmly in control of the series 3–0 at this point.
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*:With the Maple Leafs down 3–0, the series began to shift dramatically. Toronto grinded away at Detroit, winning game 4 by a 4–3 score. They then scored 9 goals to Detroit's 3 in a game 5 blowout at [[Maple Leaf Gardens]]. Continuing the momentum that they had gained at this point, they blanked the Red Wings 3–0 in game 6 in Detroit and became the second team in NHL history to even a best-of-seven series 3–3 after going into an 0–3 hole. This was also the first Stanley Cup Finals to reach seven games in history. Finally, Toronto closed out the series at home, with a 3–1 game 7 win and had taken the 1942 Stanley Cup. This was the first comeback of this magnitude ever completed in North American professional sports, and to this date, the only one to have been accomplished during a championship round. Four other North American professional sports teams replicated this feat: The [[1974-75 New York Islanders season|1975 New York Islanders]], the [[2004 Boston Red Sox season|2004 Boston Red Sox]] (the only non-hockey team to pull this off), the [[2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers season|2010 Philadelphia Flyers]], and the [[2013-14 Los Angeles Kings season|2014 Los Angeles Kings]]. But the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs went down in history as the first team to have ever done so.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1942-detroit-red-wings-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-stanley-cup-final.html|title=1942 NHL Stanley Cup Final: Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=607272|title=Leafs' 1942 comeback was ultimate playoff rally|work=NHL.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::With the Maple Leafs down three-games-to-none, the series began to shift dramatically. Toronto grinded away at Detroit, winning game 4 by a 4–3 score. They then scored 9 goals to Detroit's 3 in a game 5 blowout at [[Maple Leaf Gardens]]. Continuing the momentum that they had gained at this point, they blanked the Red Wings 3–0 in game 6 in Detroit, and became the second team in NHL history to even a best-of-seven series 3–3 after going into an 0–3 hole. This was also the first Stanley Cup Finals to reach seven games in history. Finally, Toronto closed out the series at home, with a 3–1 game 7 win, and had taken the 1942 Stanley Cup. This was the first comeback of this magnitude ever completed in North American professional sports, and to this date, the only one to have been accomplished during a championship round. Four other North American professional sports teams would replicate this feat: The [[1974-75 New York Islanders season|1975 New York Islanders]], the [[2004 Boston Red Sox season|2004 Boston Red Sox]] (the only non-hockey team to pull this off), the [[2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers season|2010 Philadelphia Flyers]], and the [[2013-14 Los Angeles Kings season|2014 Los Angeles Kings]]. But the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs would go down in history as the first team to have ever done so.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1942-detroit-red-wings-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-stanley-cup-final.html|title=1942 NHL Stanley Cup Final: Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=607272|title=Leafs' 1942 comeback was ultimate playoff rally|work=NHL.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
   
 
*'''January 23, 1944: "15–0"''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 15, [[New York Rangers]] 0)
 
*'''January 23, 1944: "15–0"''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 15, [[New York Rangers]] 0)
*:[[World War II]] left many NHL teams depleted of talent, and the [[1943-44 New York Rangers season|1943–44 New York Rangers]] especially felt the effects. They started the season going 0-11, and did not win their first game until December 12, where they had compiled a 1–14–1 record by that point. When they met the Red Wings for their sixth meeting of the season, the regular season series was 4–1 in Detroit's favor. New York had just come off of their sixth and what would be their final win of the season over the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] 5–3 at [[Maple Leaf Gardens]] the night before. The game, played on January 23, 1944 in Detroit, went on to make history. Detroit scored 15 goals in the game, and had blanked the Rangers 15–0. The final score remains the largest margin of victory for an NHL game in history. Detroit had scored five goals in the final six minutes of the game, running up the score after already having 10–0 lead. They had in fact almost ended the game 16–0, (which would have matched the 1920 [[Montreal Canadiens]] single-game tally), but the final shot had entered the Rangers net just after the final second ran off the clock. Red Wings forward [[Syd Howe]] had scored a hat trick in the final six minutes of the third period, and he continued to taunt the Rangers a week later on February 3, scoring another six goals in a 12–2 drubbing. The Rangers finished the season 6–35–5 with only 17 points, which was also an NHL record for fewest points by a team in a season under the scheduling of the era.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhldigest.com/the-largest-margin-of-victory-in-nhl-history/|title=The Largest Margin Of Victory In NHL History|publisher=Nhldigest.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/NYR/1944.html|title=1943-44 New York Rangers|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*:[[World War II]] left many NHL teams depleted of talent, and the [[1943-44 New York Rangers season|1943–44 New York Rangers]] especially felt the effects. They started the season going 0-11, and didn't win their first game until December 12, where they had compiled a 1–14–1 record by that point. When they met the Red Wings for their sixth meeting of the season, the regular season series was 4–1 in Detroit's favor. New York had just come off of their sixth and what would be their final win of the season over the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] 5–3 at [[Maple Leaf Gardens]] the night before. The game, played on January 23, 1944 in Detroit, would go on to make history. Detroit scored 15 goals in the game, and had blanked the Rangers 15–0. The final score remains the largest margin of victory for an NHL game in history. Detroit had scored five goals in the final six minutes of the game, running up the score after already having 10–0 lead. They had in fact almost ended the game 16–0, (which would have matched the 1920 [[Montreal Canadiens]] single-game tally), but the final shot had entered the Rangers net just after the final second ran off the clock. Red Wings forward [[Syd Howe]] had scored a hat trick in the final six minutes of the third period, and he continued to taunt the Rangers a week later on February 3, scoring another six goals in a 12–2 drubbing. The Rangers finished the season 6–35–5 with only 17 points, which was also an NHL record for fewest points by a team in a season under the scheduling of the era.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhldigest.com/the-largest-margin-of-victory-in-nhl-history/|title=The Largest Margin Of Victory In NHL History|publisher=Nhldigest.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/NYR/1944.html|title=1943-44 New York Rangers|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''March 18, 1945: Rocket Richard's [[50 goals in 50 games|50 Goals in 50 Games]]''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 4, [[Boston Bruins]] 2)
 
*'''March 18, 1945: Rocket Richard's [[50 goals in 50 games|50 Goals in 50 Games]]''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 4, [[Boston Bruins]] 2)
*:[[Maurice Richard]] emerged as an NHL superstar in the 1940s. He had an especially noteworthy campaign in the [[1944-45 NHL season|1944–45 NHL season]]. Richard first broke [[Joe Malone (ice hockey)|Joe Malone]]'s record for most goals in a season (44), which he set during the inaugural [[1917-18 NHL season|NHL season in 1917–18]]. Richard netted his 45th goal on February 25, 1945 in a 5–2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Malone was present at the game, and symbolically presented Richard with the record-breaking puck.<ref>{{citation |url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ioVhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EdwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6031%2C4130506 |title=Rocket gets 45th as Habs humble Leafs, 5–2 |work=Ottawa Citizen |date=February 26, 1945 |accessdate=March 13, 2014 |page=11}}</ref>
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*:[[Maurice Richard]] emerged as an NHL superstar in the 1940s. He had an especially noteworthy campaign in the [[1944-45 NHL season|1944–45 NHL season]]. Richard first broke [[Joe Malone (ice hockey)|Joe Malone]]'s record for most goals in a season (44), which he set during the inaugural [[1917-18 NHL season|NHL season in 1917–18]]. Richard netted his 45th goal on February 25, 1945 in a 5–2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Malone was present at the game, and symbolically presented Richard with the record-breaking puck.<ref>{{citation |url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ioVhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EdwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6031%2C4130506 |title=Rocket gets 45th as Habs humble Leafs, 5–2 |work=Ottawa Citizen |date=February 26, 1945 |accessdate=March 13, 2014 |page=11}}</ref>
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*:Players became increasingly violent towards Richard in efforts to prevent him from scoring further. For a time, this seemed to work, as Richard would go through an eight-game stretch without scoring. However, by the final game of the regular season, Richard amassed 49 goals. This contest on March 18 against the Boston Bruins saw Richard, at the 2:05 mark of the third period, shoot one past Bruins goalie [[Harvey Bennett, Sr.|Harvey Bennett]] for his 50th goal in 50 games. Montreal defeated Boston 4–2, and Richard set a benchmark for outstanding offense which continues to this day.
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::Players became increasingly violent towards Richard in efforts to prevent him from scoring further. For a time, this seemed to work, as Richard would go through an eight-game stretch without scoring. However, by the final game of the regular season, Richard amassed 49 goals. This contest on March 18 against the Boston Bruins saw Richard, at the 2:05 mark of the third period, shoot one past Bruins goalie [[Harvey Bennett, Sr.|Harvey Bennett]] for his 50th goal in 50 games. Montreal defeated Boston 4–2, and Richard set a benchmark for outstanding offense which continues to this day.
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*:50 goals in 50 games is a rare accomplishment in the NHL, even as the regular season had expanded to 82 games. Four other players would join Richard in the 50 in 50 club, but the first to do it after him wouldn't come until 35 years later when on [[1980-81 NHL season|January 24, 1981]], [[Mike Bossy]] of the [[New York Islanders]] scored twice within the last five minutes of the 50th game of the season to match Richard's accomplishment. As with Joe Malone before him, Richard was on hand to congratulate Bossy. Maurice Richard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/greatest-moment/50-In-50|title=50 in 50 - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens|publisher=Ourhistory.canadiens.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> [[Wayne Gretzky]], on the other hand, would beat Bossy's record by scoring 50 goals in 39 games.
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::50 goals in 50 games is a rare accomplishment in the NHL, even as the regular season had expanded to 82 games. Four other players would join Richard in the 50 in 50 club, but the first to do it after him wouldn't come until 35 years later when on [[1980-81 NHL season|January 24, 1981]], [[Mike Bossy]] of the [[New York Islanders]] scored twice within the last five minutes of the 50th game of the season to match Richard's accomplishment. As with Joe Malone before him, Richard was on hand to congratulate Bossy. Maurice Richard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/greatest-moment/50-In-50|title=50 in 50 - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens|publisher=Ourhistory.canadiens.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> [[Wayne Gretzky]], on the other hand, would beat Bossy's record by scoring 50 goals in 39 games.
   
 
===1950s===
 
===1950s===
 
*'''April 23, 1950: Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals Goes to Overtime''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 4, [[New York Rangers]] 3, Game 7, 2OT, [[1950 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
 
*'''April 23, 1950: Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals Goes to Overtime''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 4, [[New York Rangers]] 3, Game 7, 2OT, [[1950 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
*:Detroit and New York met in the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals, both teams seeking their respective franchise fourth Cup victory. The series started on April 11 in Detroit, and the teams exchanged lopsided victories with one another. Detroit won game one 4–1, New York won game two 3–1, Detroit won game three 4–0, New York won games 4 and 5 in overtime, 4–3 and 2–1 respectively on goals by [[Don Raleigh]]. Game 6 was a 5–4 Detroit win, and game 7 would take place at [[Olympia Stadium]] in Detroit.
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*:Detroit and New York met in the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals, both teams seeking their respective franchise fourth Cup victory. The series started on April 11 in Detroit, and the teams would exchange lopsided victories with one another. Detroit won game one 4–1, New York won game two 3–1, Detroit won game three 4–0, New York won games 4 and 5 in overtime, 4–3 and 2–1 respectively on goals by [[Don Raleigh]]. Game 6 was a 5–4 Detroit win, and game 7 would take place at [[Olympia Stadium]] in Detroit.
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*:Game 7 regulation ended in a 3–3 tie, and the first overtime came and went with no winner. At the 8:31 mark of the second overtime period, Red Wings forward [[Pete Babando]] scored the game and Cup winning goal. He became the first NHL player to score a game-winning goal in overtime of game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. This remains the only Stanley Cup Finals game 7 to reach double overtime. This was also the first game in which the winning team paraded the Stanley Cup around the ice after victory. As Red Wings captain [[Ted Lindsay]] picked the Cup up off of the presentation table, lifted it over his head, and skated around Olympia rink with it. It would become an annual tradition from that point on.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/endofcentury/s/games/nhl.html|title=ESPN.com - ENDOFCENTURY - The NHL's greatest games|publisher=Espn.go.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2007/04/stanley-cup-traditions.html|title=Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Stanley Cup Traditions|publisher=Greatesthockeylegends.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
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*:Four years later, game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals reached overtime again. During the [[1954 Stanley Cup Finals]], the Red Wings and the [[Montreal Canadiens]] accomplished this, with Red Wings forward [[Tony Leswick]] scoring the game-winning goal off of Canadiens goalie [[Gerry McNeil]] off of a dump-in, a 2–1 win. McNeil remains the only goalie in NHL history to give up the overtime Stanley Cup winning goal twice (also having done so in game 5 of the [[1951 Stanley Cup Finals]]). No game sevens of the Stanley Cup Finals have reached overtime since.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytEEiV6XTs0|title=Top 10 Stanley Cup Finals Game 7s|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1954-detroit-red-wings-vs-montreal-canadiens-stanley-cup-final.html|title=1954 NHL Stanley Cup Final: Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
   
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::Game 7 regulation ended in a 3–3 tie, and the first overtime came and went with no winner. At the 8:31 mark of the second overtime period, Red Wings forward [[Pete Babando]] scored the game and Cup winning goal. He became the first NHL player to score a game-winning goal in overtime of game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. This remains the only Stanley Cup Finals game 7 to reach double overtime. This was also the first game in which the winning team paraded the Stanley Cup around the ice after victory. As Red Wings captain [[Ted Lindsay]] picked the Cup up off of the presentation table, lifted it over his head, and skated around Olympia rink with it. It would become an annual tradition from that point on.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/endofcentury/s/games/nhl.html|title=ESPN.com - ENDOFCENTURY - The NHL's greatest games|publisher=Espn.go.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2007/04/stanley-cup-traditions.html|title=Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Stanley Cup Traditions|publisher=Greatesthockeylegends.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::Four years later, game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals would reach overtime again. During the [[1954 Stanley Cup Finals]], the Red Wings and the [[Montreal Canadiens]] accomplished this, with Red Wings forward [[Tony Leswick]] scoring the game-winning goal off of Canadiens goalie [[Gerry McNeil]] off of a dump-in, a 2–1 win. McNeil remains the only goalie in NHL history to give up the overtime Stanley Cup winning goal twice (also having done so in game 5 of the [[1951 Stanley Cup Finals]]). No game sevens of the Stanley Cup Finals have reached overtime since.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytEEiV6XTs0|title=Top 10 Stanley Cup Finals Game 7s|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1954-detroit-red-wings-vs-montreal-canadiens-stanley-cup-final.html|title=1954 NHL Stanley Cup Final: Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''April 8, 1952: Rocket Richard: "The Most Beautiful Goal in the World"''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 3, [[Boston Bruins]] 1, Game 7, [[1951-52 NHL season|Stanley Cup Semi-Finals]])
 
*'''April 8, 1952: Rocket Richard: "The Most Beautiful Goal in the World"''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 3, [[Boston Bruins]] 1, Game 7, [[1951-52 NHL season|Stanley Cup Semi-Finals]])
*:The [[Bruins–Canadiens rivalry]] is one of the biggest in North American sports history. The Habs had won 4 out of 6 playoff matchups between Boston from their first postseason meeting in 1929 to the 1952 semi-final. The series started on March 25 in Montreal, with the Canadiens winning the first two games lopsidedly. Boston then came back and won the next three games in the series, before Montreal took a double-overtime win in game 6 to even the series and send it back to Montreal.
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*:The [[Bruins-Canadiens rivalry]] is one of the biggest in North American sports history. The Habs had won 4 out of 6 playoff matchups between Boston from their first postseason meeting in 1929 to the 1952 semi-final. The series started on March 25 in Montreal, with the Canadiens winning the first two games lopsidedly. Boston then came back and won the next three games in the series, before Montreal took a double-overtime win in game 6 to even the series and send it back to Montreal.
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*:Game 7 was tied 1–1 going into the second period, where Canadiens forward [[Maurice Richard]] became significantly injured during a collision with Bruins defenders [[Hal Laycoe]] and [[Leo Labine]]. He was knocked unconscious and lay bleeding on the ice before regaining consciousness and being helped to the locker room. Against doctor's advice, he chose to come back into the game (even after briefly losing consciousness for a second time in the locker room). While the two teams were at 4-on-4 with offsetting penalties, he took a pass from [[Emile Bouchard]] and flew past two Bruins forwards and eluding a poke check. There still stood three Bruins in his way: [[Bill Quackenbush]], [[Bob Armstrong (ice hockey)|Bob Armstrong]], and goalie [[Jim Henry (ice hockey)|Jim Henry]]. Quackenbush tried to press Richard off into the corner, away from the Bruins' net, but Richard slipped past him with a one-handed push off, made his way to the net, faked Henry out with a fake shot (drawing him to the left post), before burying the puck far corner. Richard scored the game winner, with [[Billy Reay]] adding an empty net assurance goal later in the period.
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::Game 7 was tied 1–1 going into the second period, where Canadiens forward [[Maurice Richard]] became significantly injured during a collision with Bruins defenders [[Hal Laycoe]] and [[Leo Labine]]. He was knocked unconscious and lay bleeding on the ice before regaining consciousness and being helped to the locker room. Against doctor's advice, he chose to come back into the game (even after briefly losing consciousness for a second time in the locker room). While the two teams were at 4-on-4 with offsetting penalties, he took a pass from [[Emile Bouchard]] and flew past two Bruins forwards and eluding a poke check. There still stood three Bruins in his way: [[Bill Quackenbush]], [[Bob Armstrong (ice hockey)|Bob Armstrong]], and goalie [[Jim Henry (ice hockey)|Jim Henry]]. Quackenbush tried to press Richard off into the corner, away from the Bruins' net, but Richard slipped past him with a one-handed push off, made his way to the net, faked Henry out with a fake shot (drawing him to the left post), before burying the puck far corner. Richard scored the game winner, with [[Billy Reay]] adding an empty net assurance goal later in the period.
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*:The goal has been considered one of the best in Stanley Cup play, and the most important of Richard's career. Even Bruins goalie Jim Henry admitted that it was one of the best goals he had ever seen, giving respect for Richard, especially under the circumstances, for scoring in such a way.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2012/4/8/2932519/recalling-the-rockets-greatest-goal|title=Recalling The Rocket's Greatest Goal|work=Eyes On The Prize|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1952-boston-bruins-vs-montreal-canadiens-semi-finals.html|title=1952 NHL Stanley Cup Semi-Finals: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::The goal has been considered one of the best in Stanley Cup play, and the most important of Richard's career. Even Bruins goalie Jim Henry admitted that it was one of the best goals he had ever seen, giving respect for Richard, especially under the circumstances, for scoring in such a way.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2012/4/8/2932519/recalling-the-rockets-greatest-goal|title=Recalling The Rocket's Greatest Goal|work=Eyes On The Prize|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1952-boston-bruins-vs-montreal-canadiens-semi-finals.html|title=1952 NHL Stanley Cup Semi-Finals: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
   
 
*'''April 15, 1952: [[Legend of the Octopus]]-Detroit's Perfect Playoff Run''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 3, [[Montreal Canadiens]] 0, Game 4, [[1952 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
 
*'''April 15, 1952: [[Legend of the Octopus]]-Detroit's Perfect Playoff Run''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] 3, [[Montreal Canadiens]] 0, Game 4, [[1952 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
*:The 1950s Detroit Red Wings were an NHL dynasty, winning the Stanley Cup 4 times in 6 seasons. The [[1951-52 NHL season|1952 Stanley Cup Playoffs]] became a famous example of the team's notoriety. They first swept the defending Cup champion [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] in four games, marking the first time that defending Stanley Cup champions were swept in the first round. They then took on a Montreal Canadiens team coming off of a seven-game series against their rival Boston Bruins. The series began on April 10 and ended on April 15, with Detroit sweeping the series in four games. [[Terry Sawchuk]] only gave up two goals in the series (one a piece in games 1 and 2), blanking the Canadiens in both games at Detroit's [[Olympia Stadium]]. Detroit became the first team to go undefeated in the playoffs since the [[1934-35 NHL season|1935 Montreal Maroons]]. They remain the only team to do so in a strictly "best of-N" playoff format (as opposed to a two-game [[two-legged tie|total goals]] series like the 1935 Maroons had played in the first two rounds).
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*:The 1950s Detroit Red Wings were an NHL dynasty, winning the Stanley Cup 4 times in 6 seasons. The [[1951-52 NHL season|1952 Stanley Cup Playoffs]] became a famous example of the team's notoriety. They first swept the defending Cup champion [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] in four games, marking the first time that defending Stanley Cup champions were swept in the first round. They then took on a Montreal Canadiens team coming off of a seven-game series against their rival Boston Bruins. The series began on April 10 and ended on April 15, with Detroit sweeping the series in four games. [[Terry Sawchuk]] only gave up two goals in the series (one a piece in games 1 and 2), blanking the Canadiens in both games at Detroit's [[Olympia Stadium]]. Detroit became the first team to go undefeated in the playoffs since the [[1934-35 NHL season|1935 Montreal Maroons]]. They remain the only team to do so in a strictly "best of-N" playoff format (as opposed to a two-game [[two-legged tie|total goals]] series like the 1935 Maroons had played in the first two rounds).
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*:Pete and Jerry Cusimano, brothers and store owners of [[Eastern Market, Detroit|Eastern Market]] were in attendance during the Cup-winning game 4. They threw an octopus onto the ice, the eight tentacles signifying the eight wins needed to win the Stanley Cup at the time. This idea proved popular with fans, with the Legend of the Octopus becoming popular lore with the Red Wings and the NHL. To this extent, Detroit's unofficial mascot became a purple octopus named [[Al the Octopus|Al]], and fans would begin throwing octopi on the ice during Detroit's resurgence during the 1990s. This also inspired several shorter-lived traditions with other teams throwing objects onto the ice that reflected their history. However, the NHL eventually put bans on such practices in place to reduce the amount of game delay taking place due to cleanup.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://redwings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=43781|title=Detroit Red Wings Legend of the Octopus|publisher=Redwings.nhl.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/NHL_1952.html|title=1952 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Summary|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
   
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::Pete and Jerry Cusimano, brothers and store owners of [[Eastern Market, Detroit|Eastern Market]] were in attendance during the Cup-winning game 4. They threw an octopus onto the ice, the eight tentacles signifying the eight wins needed to win the Stanley Cup at the time. This idea proved popular with fans, with the Legend of the Octopus becoming popular lore with the Red Wings and the NHL. To this extent, Detroit's unofficial mascot became a purple octopus named [[Al the Octopus|Al]], and fans would begin throwing octopi on the ice during Detroit's resurgence during the 1990s. This also inspired several shorter-lived traditions with other teams throwing objects onto the ice that reflected their history. However, the NHL eventually put bans on such practices in place to reduce the amount of game delay taking place due to cleanup.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://redwings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=43781|title=Detroit Red Wings Legend of the Octopus|publisher=Redwings.nhl.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/NHL_1952.html|title=1952 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Summary|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''February 2, 1954: [[1954 Detroit Red Wings prison game|The Prison Game]]''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] vs. Marquette Prison Pirates)
 
*'''February 2, 1954: [[1954 Detroit Red Wings prison game|The Prison Game]]''' ([[Detroit Red Wings]] vs. Marquette Prison Pirates)
*:The idea for this game was derived in the summer of 1953 during a visit to [[Marquette Branch Prison]] in [[Marquette, Michigan]]. The trip was sponsored by [[Stroh Brewing Company]] and attended by Red Wings general manager [[Jack Adams]] and team captain [[Ted Lindsay]]. Adams was then approached by incarcerated [[The Purple Gang|Purple Gang]] members [[Harry Keywell]] and Ray Bernstein (both Red Wings fans), who asked him about bringing the team in for an exhibition scrimmage. Adams and prison warden Emery Jacques accepted the idea. The inmates then organized a team, set up an outdoor rink, and Adams donated equipment for the inmates to use. The prison hired [[Leonard Brumm]] of the championship [[1947–48 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season|1948 University of Michigan Wolverines ice hockey team]] as athletic director. The game was played on February 2, in what was reported as a good-hearted affair by all parties. The Red Wings jumped out to an 18–0 lead in the first period, and the subsequent score was not kept for the duration of the game. In the remaining two periods, the teams were split up, with Red Wings players playing on the Pirates, and vice versa. The game was the first Red Wings game to be played outdoors. The Pirates also proved to be a mainstay under Brumm, playing in organized hockey seasons afterward. After the game, the Red Wings received hand-made gifts from the inmates, and then played a later exhibition game against the Marquette Sentinels of the [[United States Hockey League]] before heading back home.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blog.detroitathletic.com/2009/10/13/the-jailhouse-rocked-when-the-wings-played-in-prison/|title=The Jailhouse Rocked When the Wings Played in Prison «|work=Detroit Athletic Blog|accessdate=December 16, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.mmnow.com/mm_archive_folder/01/0102/back_then.html|title=Back Then «|work=Marquette Monthly|accessdate=December 16, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://hometownhockey.blogspot.com/2006/10/leonard-brumm-carlson-brothers-1st-pro.html|title=Leonard Brumm: Carlson Brothers' 1st Pro Coach«|work=Hometown Hockey|accessdate=December 16, 2014}}</ref>
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*:The idea for this game was derived in the summer of 1953 during a visit to [[Marquette Branch Prison]] in [[Marquette, Michigan]]. The trip was sponsored by [[Stroh Brewing Company]], and attended by Red Wings general manager [[Jack Adams]] and team captain [[Ted Lindsay]]. Adams was then approached by incarcerated [[The Purple Gang|Purple Gang]] members [[Harry Keywell]] and Ray Bernstein (both Red Wings fans), who asked him about bringing the team in for an exhibition scrimmage. Adams and prison warden Emery Jacques accepted the idea. The inmates then organized a team, set up an outdoor rink, and Adams donated equipment for the inmates to use. The prison hired [[Leonard Brumm]] of the championship [[1947–48 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season|1948 University of Michigan Wolverines ice hockey team]] as athletic director. The game was played on February 2, in what was reported as a good-hearted affair by all parties. The Red Wings jumped out to an 18–0 lead in the first period, and the subsequent score was not kept for the duration of the game. In the remaining two periods, the teams were split up, with Red Wings players playing on the Pirates, and vice versa. The game was the first Red Wings game to be played outdoors. The Pirates also proved to be a mainstay under Brumm, playing in organized hockey seasons afterward. After the game, the Red Wings received hand-made gifts from the inmates, and then played a later exhibition game against the Marquette Sentinels of the [[United States Hockey League]] before heading back home.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blog.detroitathletic.com/2009/10/13/the-jailhouse-rocked-when-the-wings-played-in-prison/|title=The Jailhouse Rocked When the Wings Played in Prison «|work=Detroit Athletic Blog|accessdate=December 16, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.mmnow.com/mm_archive_folder/01/0102/back_then.html|title=Back Then «|work=Marquette Monthly|accessdate=December 16, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://hometownhockey.blogspot.com/2006/10/leonard-brumm-carlson-brothers-1st-pro.html|title=Leonard Brumm: Carlson Brothers' 1st Pro Coach«|work=Hometown Hockey|accessdate=December 16, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''March 17, 1955: [[Richard Riot]]'''
 
*'''March 17, 1955: [[Richard Riot]]'''
 
*:[[St. Patrick's Day]] in 1955 saw a notable riot in protest of [[Montreal Canadiens]] star [[Maurice Richard]] being suspended for the season by NHL president [[Clarence Campbell]].
 
*:[[St. Patrick's Day]] in 1955 saw a notable riot in protest of [[Montreal Canadiens]] star [[Maurice Richard]] being suspended for the season by NHL president [[Clarence Campbell]].
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*:The gears were set in motion during an especially violent game between Montreal and their rival [[Boston Bruins]] on March 13. Richard was high-sticked by Bruins defensemen [[Hal Laycoe]], in which he required five stitches. Richard became enraged, and attacked Laycoe, refusing to lay off even as linesmen attempted to restrain him. This led to Richard being corralled by linesman [[Cliff Thompson]], who when he broke away, punched Thompson twice in the face. This triggered a [[match penalty]], and eventually Richard's suspension for the remainder of the season.
*:The gears were set in motion during an especially violent game between Montreal and their rival [[Boston Bruins]] on March 13. Richard was high-sticked by Bruins defensemen [[Hal Laycoe]], in which he required five stitches. Richard became enraged, and attacked Laycoe, refusing to lay off even as linesmen attempted to restrain him. This led to Richard being corralled by linesman [[Cliff Thompson]], who when he broke away, punched Thompson twice in the face. This triggered a [[match penalty]], and eventually Richard's suspension for the remainder of the season.
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*:Montreal fans were enraged, considering the punishment too strict, although many others from around the league felt it justified. On March 17, the Canadiens met the [[Detroit Red Wings]] in a game in Montreal that saw protestors standing outside the [[Montreal Forum]]. The Red Wings built up a speedy 4–1 lead. NHL president Clarence Campbell was in attendance, and he was soon pelted with fruits, vegetables, and garbage by the irate Habs fans. Campbell was then assaulted by a fan with both a slap and a punch, and a tear gas bomb went off not far from where he was sitting. Campbell then forced the Canadiens to forfeit the game to the Red Wings, and close the Forum down for the night, proving costly in a tight race for first place in the league.
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*:Montreal fans were enraged, considering the punishment too strict, although many others from around the league felt it justified. On March 17, the Canadiens met the [[Detroit Red Wings]] in a game in Montreal that saw protestors standing outside the [[Montreal Forum]]. The Red Wings built up a speedy 4–1 lead. NHL president Clarence Campbell was in attendance, and he was soon pelted with fruits, vegetables, and garbage by the irate Habs fans. Campbell was then assaulted by a fan with both a slap and a punch, and a tear gas bomb went off not far from where he was sitting. Campbell then forced the Canadiens to forfeit the game to the Red Wings and close the Forum down for the night, proving costly in a tight race for first place in the league.
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::The departing Forum crowd joined the protestors outside, and a riot ensued into the night. An estimated $7,000 (61,064 in 2014 dollars) damage was done, and an estimated 41–100 people were arrested. The suspension ultimately cost Richard the scoring title for the season, and was deemed a significant drawback to the team during that year's [[1955 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]], where they lost to the Red Wings in seven games. The Richard Riot is often cited as a demonstration of greater social issues in Canada which transcended sporting events, with the French-Canadien population feeling they were unfairly treated in the predominantly anglophone Canadian culture.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/greatest-moment/The-Richard-Riot|title=The Richard Riot - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens|publisher=Ourhistory.canadiens.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/on-this-day-in-history-anniversary-of-the-maurice-richard-riot-in-montreal/|title=On this day in history: Maurice Richard Riot in Montreal|publisher=Thehockeynews.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*:The departing Forum crowd joined the protestors outside, and a riot ensued into the night. An estimated $7,000 (61,064 in 2014 dollars) damage was done, and an estimated 41–100 people were arrested. The suspension ultimately cost Richard the scoring title for the season, and was deemed a significant drawback to the team during that year's [[1955 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]], where they lost to the Red Wings in seven games. The Richard Riot is often cited as a demonstration of greater social issues in Canada which transcended sporting events, with the French-Canadien population feeling they were unfairly treated in the predominantly anglophone Canadian culture.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/greatest-moment/The-Richard-Riot|title=The Richard Riot - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens|publisher=Ourhistory.canadiens.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/on-this-day-in-history-anniversary-of-the-maurice-richard-riot-in-montreal/|title=On this day in history: Maurice Richard Riot in Montreal|publisher=Thehockeynews.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
   
 
*'''November 1, 1959: [[Jacques Plante|Plante]] Covers His Face''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 3, [[New York Rangers]] 1)
 
*'''November 1, 1959: [[Jacques Plante|Plante]] Covers His Face''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 3, [[New York Rangers]] 1)
*:[[Jacques Plante]] was a future hall of fame goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, who were in the midst of a dynasty. Plante had occasionally worn a mask during practice because of [[sinusitis]] but had never worn one during a game.
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*:[[Jacques Plante]] was a future hall of fame goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, who were in the midst of a dynasty. Plante had occasionally worn a mask during practice because of [[sinusitis]], but had never worn one during a game.
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::This changed on November 1, when during a game against the New York Rangers, Plante was hit in the face by a puck shot by [[Andy Bathgate]]. The game was halted, as he went to the dressing room to receive stitches. When he returned, Plante was wearing his crude, homemade mask much to the ire of Montreal coach [[Toe Blake]]. Since the Canadiens had no backup goalie at the time, and Plante refused to return without it, Blake had no choice but to play Plante on the condition that the mask come off once the cut healed. Ultimately, the Canadiens won that game, then went on an 18-game unbeaten streak, resulting in Blake simmering down over the issue. He did however, request Plante remove the mask during an December 8 game against the [[Detroit Red Wings]]. Plante did so, but Montreal was shut out 3–0. After that, Plante's mask came back for good, including during that [[1960 Stanley Cup Finals|season's finals]], their fifth straight Stanley Cup win. Plante faced some goading from fans and NHL figures alike for his perceived cowardice, but he ended up kicking off a major change in NHL player safety.
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*:With that, Jacques Plante became the first NHL goaltender to permanently wear a mask in-game. [[Clint Benedict]] was the first to officially wear one in 1930, but this was a temporary fixture while Benedict was healing from a broken nose. The NHL has never officially implemented a rule forcing goalies to wear masks (unlike the helmet bylaw for skaters), but the mask-less goalie disappeared by the end of the 1973–74 season, with [[Andy Brown (ice hockey)|Andy Brown]]'s move to the [[World Hockey Association]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://sportsthenandnow.com/2009/10/29/the-hockey-mask-50-years-later-not-required-but-never-without/|title=The Hockey Mask 50 Years Later: Not Required, But Never Without - Sports Then and Now|publisher=Sportsthenandnow.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=503855|title=Playing without mask unthinkable to today's goalies|work=NHL.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::With that, Jacques Plante became the first NHL goaltender to permanently wear a mask in-game. [[Clint Benedict]] was the first to officially wear one in 1930, but this was a temporary fixture while Benedict was healing from a broken nose. The NHL has never officially implemented a rule forcing goalies to wear masks (unlike the helmet bylaw for skaters), but the mask-less goalie disappeared by the end of the 1973–74 season, with [[Andy Brown (ice hockey)|Andy Brown]]'s move to the [[World Hockey Association]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://sportsthenandnow.com/2009/10/29/the-hockey-mask-50-years-later-not-required-but-never-without/|title=The Hockey Mask 50 Years Later: Not Required, But Never Without - Sports Then and Now|publisher=Sportsthenandnow.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=503855|title=Playing without mask unthinkable to today's goalies|work=NHL.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
   
 
===1960s===
 
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Game six of the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals took place at Detroit's [[Olympia Stadium]]. But it was most remembered for the heroic performance of Maple Leaf defenseman [[Bobby Baun]]. At the time, Detroit lead the series 3-2. During the game, Baun blocked a shot from [[Gordie Howe]], which hit his ankle. He was taken off by the medical staff and was treated for the injury. By the overtime period, Baun returned and scored the game-winning goal at 1:43, forcing a game seven.
 
Game six of the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals took place at Detroit's [[Olympia Stadium]]. But it was most remembered for the heroic performance of Maple Leaf defenseman [[Bobby Baun]]. At the time, Detroit lead the series 3-2. During the game, Baun blocked a shot from [[Gordie Howe]], which hit his ankle. He was taken off by the medical staff and was treated for the injury. By the overtime period, Baun returned and scored the game-winning goal at 1:43, forcing a game seven.
   
The Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup the next game; their third straight championship at the time.
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The Maple Leafs went on to win the Stanley Cup the next game; their third straight championship at the time.
   
 
===1970s===
 
===1970s===
 
*'''May 10, 1970: The Flying [[Bobby Orr]] and the Most Famous Goal in NHL History''' ([[Boston Bruins]] 4, [[St. Louis Blues]] 3, Game 4, OT, [[1970 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
 
*'''May 10, 1970: The Flying [[Bobby Orr]] and the Most Famous Goal in NHL History''' ([[Boston Bruins]] 4, [[St. Louis Blues]] 3, Game 4, OT, [[1970 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
::The Boston Bruins met the St. Louis Blues in the [[1970 Stanley Cup Finals]]. The Blues were swept in consecutive Cup Finals the previous two years, and this year would be no different. The Bruins were in firm control after three games, having blown out the Blues in each game, with a combined goal differential of 16–4. Game 4 in Boston was tied 3–3 at the end of regulation. Just 40 seconds into the first overtime, Bruins defenseman [[Bobby Orr]] took a pass from [[Derek Sanderson]] and skated on Blues goalie [[Glenn Hall]], who opened the crease and his legs to prepare for Orr's impending shot. Orr shot it directly through Hall's five-hole (between the legs), and once seeing it go through, jumped in elation. This also caused him to be tripped by Blues defensemen [[Noel Picard]]. Orr went flying through the air in a directly horizontal manner, about four feet off of the ice in a [[Superman]]-esque pose. The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since 1941. This goal also served as the first of two Stanley Cup clinching goals that Orr scored in his career (the other coming in game 6 of the [[1972 Stanley Cup Finals]]), which also helped him to his first of two [[Conn Smythe Trophy|Conn Smythe Trophies]] for playoff MVP. From there, the goal, and its associated picture (with Orr celebrating in mid-air surrounded by a cheering Boston crowd), became arguably the most famous in NHL history. Orr was elected into the [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] in 1979, with a record eight consecutive [[Norris Trophy]] wins, and two Conn Smythe Trophies punctuating his career.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/81/Orr.jpg|format=JPG|title=Photograph|publisher=Ipload.wikimedia.org|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOIlfV-XtBg|title=Fred Cusick's original call of Bobby Orr's goal 5/10/1970|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/05.10.html|title=The New York Times: This Day In Sports|publisher=Nytimes.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::The Boston Bruins met the St. Louis Blues in the [[1970 Stanley Cup Finals]]. The Blues were swept in consecutive Cup Finals the previous two years, and this year would be no different. The Bruins were in firm control after three games, having blown out the Blues in each game, with a combined goal differential of 16–4. Game 4 in Boston was tied 3–3 at the end of regulation. Just 40 seconds into the first overtime, Bruins defenseman [[Bobby Orr]] took a pass from [[Derek Sanderson]] and skated on Blues goalie [[Glenn Hall]], who opened the crease and his legs to prepare for Orr's impending shot. Orr shot it directly through Hall's five-hole (between the legs), and once seeing it go through, jumped in elation. This also caused him to be tripped by Blues defensemen [[Noel Picard]]. Orr went flying through the air in a directly horizontal manner, about four feet off of the ice in a [[Superman]]-esque pose. The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since 1941. This goal also served as the first of two Stanley Cup clinching goals that Orr would score in his career (the other coming in game 6 of the [[1972 Stanley Cup Finals]]), which also helped him to his first of two [[Conn Smythe Trophy|Conn Smythe Trophies]] for playoff MVP. From there, the goal, and its associated picture (with Orr celebrating in mid-air surrounded by a cheering Boston crowd), became arguably the most famous in NHL history. Orr was elected into the [[Hockey Hall of Fame]] in 1979, with a record eight consecutive [[Norris Trophy]] wins, and two Conn Smythe Trophies punctuating his career.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/81/Orr.jpg|format=JPG|title=Photograph|publisher=Ipload.wikimedia.org|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOIlfV-XtBg|title=Fred Cusick's original call of Bobby Orr's goal 5/10/1970|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/05.10.html|title=The New York Times: This Day In Sports|publisher=Nytimes.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''April 26, 1975: New York Pulls Off the Ultimate Comeback''' ([[New York Islanders]] 1, [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] 0, Game 7, [[1974-75 NHL season|Quarterfinals]])
 
*'''April 26, 1975: New York Pulls Off the Ultimate Comeback''' ([[New York Islanders]] 1, [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] 0, Game 7, [[1974-75 NHL season|Quarterfinals]])
*:The New York Islanders were competing in their first Stanley Cup playoffs since their inception in [[1972-73 NHL season|1972]]. They defeated their in-state rivals the [[New York Rangers]] in the best-of-three preliminary round 2–1, then went on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the best-of-seven Quarterfinals.
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*:The New York Islanders were competing in their first Stanley Cup playoffs since their inception in [[1972-73 NHL season|1972]]. They defeated their in-state rivals the [[New York Rangers]] in the best-of-three preliminary round 2–1, then went on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the best-of-seven conference quarterfinals.
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::New York remained reasonably competitive in the first three games. The series started on April 13 in Pittsburgh, with the Penguins taking game one 5–4. Game 2 was won again by Pittsburgh 3–1, and they also parlayed that into a 6–4 victory in game 3 when the series shifted back to New York. From here, the Islanders were down 0–3 in the series, an almost-impossible to overcome deficit in the best-of-seven series.
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::The Islanders fortunes began to turn around after game 3. They staved off elimination in game 4 with a 3–1 win. Back in Pittsburgh, they took game 5 by a 4–2 score, and comfortably defeated the Penguins in game six 4–1 in New York. From this point, they managed to become the fourth NHL team to tie a best-of-seven series 3–3 after trailing 3 games-to-none. With a 1–0 shutout win in game 7 on April 26 in Pittsburgh, they then became the second North American professional sports team to complete a comeback of such proportions, joining the [[1942 Stanley Cup Finals|1942 Toronto Maple Leafs]] for such an accomplishment.
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::The Islanders had in fact almost repeated the same feat in the very next round. During the conference finals, they faced the defending Cup champion [[Philadelphia Flyers]], and yet again battled back from a 3-games-to-none deficit to ties the series 3–3. Philadelphia however, soundly defeated the Islanders 4–1 in game 7, preserving the series victory.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/NHL_1975.html|title=1975 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Summary|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.lighthousehockey.com/2010/5/6/1460460/the-3-0-series-comeback-the-1975|title=Last 3-0 Series Comeback: The 1975 New York Islanders|work=Lighthouse Hockey|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://islanders.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=43593|title=New York Islanders - Team History|publisher=Islanders.nhl.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''May 20, 1975: The Fog Game''' ([[Buffalo Sabres]] 5, [[Philadelphia Flyers]] 4, Game 3, OT, [[1975 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
 
*'''May 20, 1975: The Fog Game''' ([[Buffalo Sabres]] 5, [[Philadelphia Flyers]] 4, Game 3, OT, [[1975 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
::The 1975 Cup Finals was the first one to be played with two non-[[Original Six]] teams in the seven years since [[1967 NHL expansion|the expansion]]. It was also the only Stanley Cup Finals between 1965 and 1979 not to feature either the [[Bruins–Canadiens rivalry|B]][[Boston Bruins|oston Bruins]] or the [[Montreal Canadiens]]. The Flyers won the first two games at home, and the series shifted to Buffalo for game 3. [[Buffalo Memorial Auditorium]] (also known as "The Aud"), didn't have air conditioning at the time, and the unusual temperatures in Buffalo on this May day proved problematic for the game. The heat and humidity caused a fog to rise up from the ice and fill the arena. It became so thick that many in attendance couldn't see the on-ice action, and Aud employees periodically skated around the ice during stoppages of play with bed sheets to fan the fog off of the ice. The officials for the game also stopped play five times, and ordered players from both teams to skate in circles to attempt to dissipate the fog as well. Another notable event in the game featured the death of a bat. Apparently, the bat lived in the arena, and perhaps due to the strange temperatures, was driven away from its usual perch, and started flying around the arena. Eventually, the bat started inching closer and closer to the on-ice level (likely in an attempt to cool off), and distracted several players. At one point in the first period, the bat hovered just above an ensuing face off, where Sabres forward [[Jim Lorentz]] struck it with his stick out of mid-air and killed it. This was considered a bad omen by many superstitious Sabres fans, and Lorentz was criticized by animal rights groups over the incident. The Sabres won the Fog Game 5–4 in overtime off of a [[Rene Robert]] tally but lost the series in six games.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/sports/hockey/the-sabres-and-flyers-played-a-low-visibility-game-in-1975.html?_r=0|title=Neither Player Nor Bat Was Ready for the Fog|work=New York Times|accessdate=January 5, 2015}}</ref>
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::The 1975 Cup Finals was the first one to be played with two non-[[Original Six]] teams in the seven years since [[1967 NHL expansion|the expansion]]. It was also the only Stanley Cup Finals between 1965 and 1979 not to feature either the [[Boston Bruins]] or the [[Montreal Canadiens]]. The Flyers won the first two games at home, and the series shifted to Buffalo for game 3. [[Buffalo Memorial Auditorium]] (also known as "The Aud"), didn't have air conditioning at the time, and the unusual temperatures in Buffalo on this May day proved problematic for the game. The heat and humidity caused a fog to rise up from the ice and fill the arena. It became so thick that many in attendance couldn't see the on-ice action, and Aud employees periodically skated around the ice during stoppages of play with bed sheets to fan the fog off of the ice. The officials for the game also stopped play five times, and ordered players from both teams to skate in circles to attempt to dissipate the fog as well. Another notable event in the game featured the death of a bat. Apparently, the bat lived in the arena, and perhaps due to the strange temperatures, was driven away from its usual perch, and started flying around the arena. Eventually, the bat started inching closer and closer to the on-ice level (likely in an attempt to cool off), and distracted several players. At one point in the first period, the bat hovered just above an ensuing face off, where Sabres forward [[Jim Lorentz]] struck it with his stick out of mid-air, and killed it. This was considered a bad omen by many superstitious Sabres fans, and Lorentz was criticized by animal rights groups over the incident. The Sabres would ultimately go on to win the Fog Game 5–4 in overtime off of a [[Rene Robert]] tally, but lost the series in six games.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/sports/hockey/the-sabres-and-flyers-played-a-low-visibility-game-in-1975.html?_r=0|title=Neither Player Nor Bat Was Ready for the Fog|work=New York Times|accessdate=January 5, 2015}}</ref>
 
*'''January 11, 1976: [[1976 Philadelphia Flyers–Red Army game|Flyers vs. Red Army]]''' ([[Philadelphia Flyers]] 4, [[HC CSKA Moscow|Red Army]] 1)
 
*'''January 11, 1976: [[1976 Philadelphia Flyers–Red Army game|Flyers vs. Red Army]]''' ([[Philadelphia Flyers]] 4, [[HC CSKA Moscow|Red Army]] 1)
*:Part of the [[Super Series '76]], in which [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] hockey teams from the [[Soviet Championship League]] traveled to North America to play National Hockey League teams. The Flyers were the NHL's defending Stanley Cup Champions, having won their second consecutive Cup in 1975. They faced off against [[HC CSKA Moscow]], also known as the "Red Army Team". Relations between the Soviets and the West were strained, as this was the height of the [[Cold War]]. The Soviet team was aware of the Flyers' reputation as a ferocious, hard-hitting team, and their nickname the "Broad Street Bullies". Negotiations to kick the series off were also contentious, adding to the air of uneasiness which ruled over the series as a whole.
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*:Part of the [[Super Series '76]], in which [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] hockey teams from the [[Soviet Championship League]] traveled to North America to play National Hockey League teams. The Flyers were the NHL's defending Stanley Cup Champions, having won their second consecutive Cup in 1975. They faced off against [[HC CSKA Moscow]], also known as the "Red Army Team". Relations between the Soviets and the West were strained, as this was the height of the [[Cold War]]. The Soviet team was aware of the Flyers' reputation as a ferocious, hard-hitting team, and their nickname the "Broad Street Bullies". Negotiations to kick the series off were also contentious, adding to the air of uneasiness which ruled over the series as a whole.
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*:The game kicked off, and while in a still scoreless first period, Flyers star [[Ed Van Impe]] returned to the ice after serving a penalty. He then laid a hard elbow hit to the head on Red Army star [[Valeri Kharlamov]]. Kharlamov was toppled, and lay prone on the ice for about a minute. The officials refused to call a penalty, citing it a clean hit, and Red Army coach [[Konstantin Loktev]] removed his team from the ice in protest. The situation deteriorated further when Flyers owner [[Ed Snider]] got into a shouting match with the president of the Soviet Hockey Federation, citing that they would not get paid if the game was not completed. The Soviets continued to delay the game, arguing that the referees should cancel an impending delay of game penalty which they were facing. Eventually, they relented, accepted the penalty, and returned to the ice.
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::The game kicked off, and while in a still scoreless first period, Flyers star [[Ed Van Impe]] returned to the ice after serving a penalty. He then laid a hard elbow hit to the head on Red Army star [[Valeri Kharlamov]]. Kharlamov was toppled, and lay prone on the ice for about a minute. The officials refused to call a penalty, citing it a clean hit, and Red Army coach [[Konstantin Loktev]] removed his team from the ice in protest. The situation deteriorated further when Flyers owner [[Ed Snider]] got into a shouting match with the president of the Soviet Hockey Federation, citing that they would not get paid if the game was not completed. The Soviets continued to delay the game, arguing that the referees should cancel an impending delay of game penalty which they were facing. Eventually, they relented, accepted the penalty, and returned to the ice.
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*:The stoppage in play did not slow the Flyers down. They scored quickly after the game resumed, and ultimately won 4–1, outshooting the Red Army 49–13.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.flyershistory.com/cgi-bin/hm.cgi?006hm|title=Flyers History - Historic Moments|publisher=Flyershistory.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1907922-how-we-remember-the-philadelphia-flyers-red-army-game-38-years-later|title=How We Remember the Philadelphia Flyers-Red Army Game 38 Years Later|author=Brad Kurtzberg|work=Bleacher Report|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::The stoppage in play did not slow the Flyers down. They scored quickly after the game resumed, and ultimately won 4–1, outshooting the Red Army 49–13.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.flyershistory.com/cgi-bin/hm.cgi?006hm|title=Flyers History - Historic Moments|publisher=Flyershistory.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1907922-how-we-remember-the-philadelphia-flyers-red-army-game-38-years-later|title=How We Remember the Philadelphia Flyers-Red Army Game 38 Years Later|author=Brad Kurtzberg|work=Bleacher Report|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
   
 
*'''May 10, 1979: Too Many Men''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 5, [[Boston Bruins]] 4, Game 7, OT, [[1978-79 NHL season|Semi-Finals]])
 
*'''May 10, 1979: Too Many Men''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 5, [[Boston Bruins]] 4, Game 7, OT, [[1978-79 NHL season|Semi-Finals]])
*:[[Bruins–Canadiens rivalry|In the height of the ]][[Bruins–Canadiens rivalry|Bruins–Canadiens]] rivalry, these two teams met each other for the 18th time in Stanley Cup playoff history in the 1979 Semi-Finals, with Montreal having won the previous 13 matchups for a 15–3 head-to-head series record all-time. The Canadiens were in the middle of a dynasty, working on their fourth Stanley Cup in as many years. The Bruins were perennial playoff contenders under coach [[Don Cherry]], his so-called "''Lunch Pail Gang''". But they fell just short in recent years behind teams like the Flyers and Canadiens, who between them, had won every Cup since 1974.
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*:[[Bruins–Canadiens rivalry|In the height of a bitter rivalry, these two teams]] met each other for the 18th time in Stanley Cup playoff history in the 1979 Semi-Finals, with Montreal having won the previous 13 matchups for a 15–3 head-to-head series record all-time. The Canadiens were in the middle of a dynasty, working on their fourth Stanley Cup in as many years. The Bruins were perennial playoff contenders under coach [[Don Cherry]], his so-called "Lunch Pail Gang". But they fell just short in recent years behind teams like the Flyers and Canadiens, who between them, had won every Cup since 1974.
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::The series started in Montreal on April 26, and each home team had won every game in the series up to that point. The most infamous moment however, came in game 7 in Montreal.
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::Boston held a one-goal lead late into the third period thanks to [[Rick Middleton]], and it looked as if the Bruins might knock the defending champs out of the semi-final. However, with 2:34 left in the third period, the Bruins were nailed with a [[too many men]] penalty during a sloppy line change. The ensuing power play saw Canadiens' coach [[Scotty Bowman]] put his power play special teams unit on the ice, all men who are currently in the hall of fame: [[Guy Lafleur]], [[Larry Robinson]], [[Serge Savard]], [[Steve Shutt]] and [[Jacques Lemaire]]. Lemaire dropped the puck back to Lafleur, who then buried it home on Bruins' goalie [[Gilles Gilbert]], tying the game, and sending it into overtime. Halfway through the overtime period, Lemaire intercepted Rick Middleton, who gave it to [[Rejean Houle]], then to [[Mario Tremblay]], then to [[Yvon Lambert]]. Lambert then scored off of what he deemed a "perfect pass", ending the game 5–4 and the series, and sending the Canadiens back to the Finals.
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::Bruins' coach Don Cherry famously blamed himself for the loss, citing a miscommunication issue leading to the penalty. Nonetheless, this incident contributed heavily to his firing the following offseason.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1979-boston-bruins-vs-montreal-canadiens-semi-finals.html|title=1979 NHL Stanley Cup Semi-Finals: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://bleacherreport.com/articles/172173-may-10-1979-boston-bruins-called-for-too-many-men-against-montreal|title=May 10, 1979: Boston Bruins Called for Too Many Men Against Montreal|author=Kevin van Steendelaar|work=Bleacher Report|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.si.com/longform/too-many-men/|title=Three Little Words: Too Many Men|work=Sports Illustrated Longform|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
   
 
*'''December 23, 1979: The Shoe Massacre''' (Boston Bruins 4, New York Rangers 3)
 
*'''December 23, 1979: The Shoe Massacre''' (Boston Bruins 4, New York Rangers 3)
   
On December 23, 1979, the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 4-3. In the final seconds, [[Phil Esposito]] attempted to tie the game up, but he was stopped by [[Gerry Cheevers]]. As the buzzer sounded, the Bruins celebrated while a frustrated Esposito smashed his stick and went straight to the dressing room. Suddenly, both teams started pushing and shoving each other. It wasn't long before the scuffle became a full-blown brawl, and then a fist fight with the fans. [[Terry O'Reilly]] went into the stands and attacked a Rangers fan. Some more Bruins players (including [[Peter McNab]]) followed shortly after, attacking more Rangers fans. [[Mike Milbury]] had already gone into the visitor's locker room, but came right back to join his teammates in the brawl. Milbury caught one of the unruly spectators and beat him with one of his shoes. In the end, O'Reilly was suspended for eight games and McNab and Milbury for 6, each being fined $500.
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On December 23, 1979, the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 4-3. In the final seconds, [[Phil Esposito]] attempted to tie the game up, but he was stopped by [[Gerry Cheevers]]. As the buzzer sounded, the Bruins celebrated while a frustrated Esposito smashed his stick and went straight to the dressing room. Suddenly, both teams started pushing and shoving each other. It wasn't long before the scuffle became a full-blown brawl, and then a fist fight with the fans. [[Terry O'Reilly]] went into the stands and attacked a Rangers fan. Some more Bruins players (including [[Peter McNab]]) followed shortly after, attacking more Rangers fans. [[Mike Milbury]] had already gone into the visitor's locker room, but came right back to join his teammates in the brawl. Milbury caught one of the unruly spectators and beat him with one of his shoes. In the end, O'Reilly was suspended for eight games and McNab and Milbury for six, each being fined $500.
   
 
===1980s===
 
===1980s===
 
*'''February 26, 1981: Bruins–North Stars Brawl''' ([[Boston Bruins]] 5, [[Minnesota North Stars]] 1)
 
*'''February 26, 1981: Bruins–North Stars Brawl''' ([[Boston Bruins]] 5, [[Minnesota North Stars]] 1)
*:Inspired by coach [[Glen Sonmor]] to become more physical despite never having won at [[Boston Garden]], the North Stars set off a record-breaking violent game. The first fight had started just seven seconds after the opening faceoff, with Boston's [[Steve Kasper]] and Minnesota's [[Bobby Smith (ice hockey)|Bobby Smith]] coming to blows. Fights continued to break out throughout the period, which eventually led to a major brawl at 8:58 of the first period. The scrum was actually started in the runway up to the Bruins bench. Here, several ejected North Stars players started fighting with the Bruins, and a bench-clearing brawl began on ice as well.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ng-lRa0HKc|title=minesota &#91;sic&#93; north stars at boston bruins record setting brawl game|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> The period lasted for one and a half hours due to the melee. After the game, Sonmor and Bruins coach [[Gerry Cheevers]] got into a heated verbal altercation over the aggressive play as well. Sonmor acknowledged that he had told the team to play tough, but because he considered the Bruins as dirty players in previous games, and that the North Stars had to prove that they could stand up for themselves. A total of 406 penalty minutes were assessed, and 12 players were ejected. The total penalty minutes broke the record set by the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] and [[Los Angeles Kings]] on March 11, 1979 and stood until the [[Flyers–Senators brawl|Flyers–Senators Brawl]] in 2004. Minnesota set a single-team record in PIM with 209, breaking the Flyers record of 188 in that game. The 81 penalties assessed broke the record set by the Philadelphia Flyers and [[Vancouver Canucks]] on February 22, 1980, and the 61 penalties in the first period broke the single-period record set in the Flyers–Canucks game as well. This game caused the NHL to change how runways in the arena were set up, so that players do not walk up to the opposing team's bench between the ice and the locker room.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/1981/02/27/sports/bruins-north-stars-set-penalty-marks-1players-ejected.html|title=BRUINS, NORTH STARS SET PENALTY MARKS - 1PLAYERS EJECTED - NYTimes.com|date=February 27, 1981|publisher=Nytimes.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/classic/s/moment010226hockeybrawl.html|title=ESPN Classic - Bruins, North Stars fight to finish|publisher=Espn.go.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*:Inspired by coach [[Glen Sonmor]] to become more physical despite never having won at [[Boston Garden]], the North Stars set off a record-breaking violent game. The first fight had started just seven seconds after the opening faceoff, with Boston's [[Steve Kasper]] and Minnesota's [[Bobby Smith (ice hockey)|Bobby Smith]] coming to blows. Fights continued to break out throughout the period, which eventually led to a major brawl at 8:58 of the first period. The scrum was actually started in the runway up to the Bruins bench. Here, several ejected North Stars players started fighting with the Bruins, and a bench-clearing brawl began on ice as well.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ng-lRa0HKc|title=minesota &#91;sic&#93; north stars at boston bruins record setting brawl game|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> The period lasted for one and a half hours due to the melee. After the game, Sonmor and Bruins coach [[Gerry Cheevers]] got into a heated verbal altercation over the aggressive play as well. Sonmor acknowledged that he had told the team to play tough, but because he considered the Bruins as dirty players in previous games, and that the North Stars had to prove that they could stand up for themselves. A total of 406 penalty minutes were assessed, and twelve players were ejected. The total penalty minutes broke the record set by the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] and [[Los Angeles Kings]] on March 11, 1979, and would stand until the [[Philadelphia Flyers–Ottawa Senators brawl|Flyers–Senators Brawl]] in 2004. Minnesota set a single-team record in PIM with 209, breaking the Flyers record of 188 in that game. The 81 penalties assessed broke the record set by the Philadelphia Flyers and [[Vancouver Canucks]] on February 22, 1980. And the 61 penalties in the first period broke the single-period record set in the Flyers–Canucks game as well. This game caused the NHL to change how runways in the arena were set up, so that players would not walk up to the opposing team's bench between the ice and the locker room.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nytimes.com/1981/02/27/sports/bruins-north-stars-set-penalty-marks-1players-ejected.html|title=BRUINS, NORTH STARS SET PENALTY MARKS - 1PLAYERS EJECTED - NYTimes.com|date=February 27, 1981|publisher=Nytimes.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/classic/s/moment010226hockeybrawl.html|title=ESPN Classic - Bruins, North Stars fight to finish|publisher=Espn.go.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''April 10, 1982: [[Miracle on Manchester]]''' ([[Los Angeles Kings]] 6, [[Edmonton Oilers]] 5, Game 3, OT, [[1982 Stanley Cup playoffs|Smythe Division Semifinals]])
 
*'''April 10, 1982: [[Miracle on Manchester]]''' ([[Los Angeles Kings]] 6, [[Edmonton Oilers]] 5, Game 3, OT, [[1982 Stanley Cup playoffs|Smythe Division Semifinals]])
 
*:The pre-dynasty Oilers met the struggling Kings in the 1982 semifinals. Game 1 was a high-scoring affair, with the underdog Kings coming away with a 10–8 win in Edmonton, despite a weak road record throughout the season. Game 2 was much lower scoring, and the Oilers evened the series with a 3–2 overtime victory.
 
*:The pre-dynasty Oilers met the struggling Kings in the 1982 semifinals. Game 1 was a high-scoring affair, with the underdog Kings coming away with a 10–8 win in Edmonton, despite a weak road record throughout the season. Game 2 was much lower scoring, and the Oilers evened the series with a 3–2 overtime victory.
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*:In game 3, the Oilers built up a 5–0 lead coming into the third period in front of a quiet crowd at [[The Forum (Inglewood, California)|The Forum]]. During the second intermission, the Kings had discussed remaining determined to salvage some pride and send a message for game 4. At 4-on-4 to start the period, [[Jay Wells]] shot the puck from 30 feet out in front of screened Oilers goalie [[Grant Fuhr]] to make the score 5–1. About three minutes later, the Kings were on another power play, and [[Doug Smith (ice hockey)|Doug Smith]] caught an obscured rebound and put it past Fuhr again to cut the Oilers lead to 5–2. Offsetting penalties put both teams at 4 skaters aside again, and [[Charlie Simmer]] scored a goal off of an inadvertent tap in by Oilers defensemen [[Randy Gregg (ice hockey)|Randy Gregg]]. By this point, the Forum crowd started coming back to life, maintaining hope of a comeback.
 
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*:With five minutes left in the third, both teams were 4 aside due to offsetting penalties. [[Steve Bozek]] and [[Mark Hardy (ice hockey)|Mark Hardy]] teamed up for another Kings goal, pulling to within one. The Kings pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, and Steve Bozek then scored the equalizer with 5 seconds left to go. The Forum erupted in cheers as the Kings celebrated in a heap of yellow jerseys on the ice. In overtime, the Kings then shook off a terrible misplay which almost led to [[Mark Messier]] scoring the game winner for Edmonton, and rookie [[Daryl Evans]] shot high on Fuhr off of the face-off, scoring at 2:35 into the overtime period and winning the game.
 
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*:The Miracle on Manchester remains the largest single-game comeback in Stanley Cup playoff history. LA eventually won the series in the deciding fifth game, eliminating the Oilers in what became known as one of the most stunning upsets in NHL history.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUrWcOq11V8|title=1982 Edmonton Oilers vs LA Kings - The Miracle on Manchester - Hockey|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/miracle-on-manchester-to-a-silent-maple-leaf-square-the-five-greatest-nhl-comebacks/|title=Miracle on Manchester to a silent Maple Leaf Square, the five greatest NHL comebacks|publisher=Thehockeynews.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
   
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::In game 3, the Oilers built up a 5–0 lead coming into the third period in front of a quiet crowd at [[The Forum (Inglewood, California)|The Forum]]. During the second intermission, the Kings had discussed remaining determined to salvage some pride and send a message for game 4. At 4-on-4 to start the period, [[Jay Wells]] shot the puck from 30ft out in front of screened Oilers goalie [[Grant Fuhr]] to make the score 5–1. About three minutes later, the Kings were on another power play, and [[Doug Smith (ice hockey)|Doug Smith]] caught an obscured rebound and put it past Fuhr again to cut the Oilers lead to 5–2. Offsetting penalties put both teams at 4 skaters aside again, and [[Charlie Simmer]] scored a goal off of an inadvertent tap in by Oilers defensemen [[Randy Gregg (ice hockey)|Randy Gregg]]. By this point, the Forum crowd started coming back to life, maintaining hope of a comeback.
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::With five minutes left in the third, both teams were 4 aside due to offsetting penalties. [[Steve Bozek]] and [[Mark Hardy (ice hockey)|Mark Hardy]] teamed up for another Kings goal, pulling to within one. The Kings pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, and Steve Bozek then scored the equalizer with five seconds left to play. The Forum erupted in cheers as the Kings celebrated in a heap of yellow jerseys on the ice. In overtime, the Kings then shook off a terrible misplay which almost led to [[Mark Messier]] scoring the game winner for Edmonton, and rookie [[Daryl Evans]] shot high on Fuhr off of the face-off, scoring at 2:35 into the overtime period, and winning the game.
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::The Miracle on Manchester remains the largest single-game comeback in Stanley Cup playoff history. LA eventually won the series in the deciding fifth game, eliminating the Oilers in what became known as one of the most stunning upsets in NHL history.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUrWcOq11V8|title=1982 Edmonton Oilers vs LA Kings - The Miracle on Manchester - Hockey|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/miracle-on-manchester-to-a-silent-maple-leaf-square-the-five-greatest-nhl-comebacks/|title=Miracle on Manchester to a silent Maple Leaf Square, the five greatest NHL comebacks|publisher=Thehockeynews.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''April 20, 1984: [[Good Friday Massacre]]''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 5, [[Quebec Nordiques]] 3, Game 6, [[1984 Stanley Cup playoffs|Adams Division Finals]])
 
*'''April 20, 1984: [[Good Friday Massacre]]''' ([[Montreal Canadiens]] 5, [[Quebec Nordiques]] 3, Game 6, [[1984 Stanley Cup playoffs|Adams Division Finals]])
*:These provincial rivals met each other in the 1984 playoffs. By the time of the infamous game 6 on [[Good Friday]], Montreal led the series 3–2, and looked to close out the Nordiques on home ice in Montreal. The game's first fight took place 23 seconds after the opening face-off, setting the tone for the night. Quebec started off the scoring in the first period 1–0, and that score carried on into the third period. Things began to really intensify towards the end of the second period, culminating in a [[bench-clearing brawl]]. This delayed the start of the third period, with officials needing to sort out penalties. The third period didn't see a cooling, as another major brawl broke out. This even involving players ejected during the second-period scrum, but referee [[Bruce Hood (ice hockey)|Bruce Hood]] had been backed up and had not yet notified them. This period saw the Canadiens take control, scoring 5 goals, and winning the game 5–3 to take the series.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B1-c3y_Vng|title=Nordiques vs Canadiens Apr 20, 1984 Good Friday Game|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> Fourteen fights had taken place, 252 total penalty minutes were issued, and 11 players were ejected from the game. Hood was criticized for his handling of the game, and many speculate that it led to his decision to retire in the following offseason.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/remembering-hockeys-good-friday-massacre-28-years-later/256151/|title=Remembering Hockey's 'Good Friday Massacre,' 28 Years Later|author=Andrew Cohen|date=April 20, 2012|work=The Atlantic|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://montrealgazette.com/sports/30th-anniversary-of-good-friday-brawl-between-habs-and-nordiques|title=30th anniversary of Good Friday brawl between Habs and Nordiques|author=Stu Cowan, Montreal Gazette More Stu Cowan, Montreal Gazette|work=Montreal Gazette|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*:These provincial rivals met each other in the 1984 playoffs. By the time of the infamous game 6 on [[Good Friday]], Montreal led the series 3–2, and looked to close out the Nordiques on home ice in Montreal. The game's first fight took place 23 seconds after the opening face-off, setting the tone for the night. Quebec started off the scoring in the first period 1–0, and that score carried on into the third period. Things began to really intensify towards the end of the second period, culminating in a [[bench-clearing brawl]]. This delayed the start of the third period, with officials needing to sort out penalties. The third period didn't see a cooling, as another major brawl broke out. This even involving players ejected during the second-period scrum, but referee [[Bruce Hood (ice hockey)|Bruce Hood]] had been backed up, and had not yet notified them. This period saw the Canadiens take control, scoring five goals, and winning the game 5–3 to take the series.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B1-c3y_Vng|title=Nordiques vs Canadiens Apr 20, 1984 Good Friday Game|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> Fourteen fights had taken place, 252 total penalty minutes were issued, and 10 players were ejected from the game. Hood was criticized for his handling of the game, and many speculate that it led to his decision to retire in the following offseason.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/remembering-hockeys-good-friday-massacre-28-years-later/256151/|title=Remembering Hockey's 'Good Friday Massacre,' 28 Years Later|author=Andrew Cohen|date=April 20, 2012|work=The Atlantic|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://montrealgazette.com/sports/30th-anniversary-of-good-friday-brawl-between-habs-and-nordiques|title=30th anniversary of Good Friday brawl between Habs and Nordiques|author=Stu Cowan, Montreal Gazette More Stu Cowan, Montreal Gazette|work=Montreal Gazette|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''April 30, 1986: [[Steve Smith (ice hockey, born in Scotland)|Steve Smith]]: The [[Own Goal]]''' ([[Calgary Flames]] 3, [[Edmonton Oilers]] 2, Game 7, [[1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Smythe Division Finals]])
 
*'''April 30, 1986: [[Steve Smith (ice hockey, born in Scotland)|Steve Smith]]: The [[Own Goal]]''' ([[Calgary Flames]] 3, [[Edmonton Oilers]] 2, Game 7, [[1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Smythe Division Finals]])
*:The Edmonton Oilers were approaching dynasty status, attempting their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship in 1986. They maintained a heated rivalry with their provincial rivals the Calgary Flames, defeating them in the two playoff series the teams played against each other in [[1983 Stanley Cup playoffs|1983]] and [[1984 Stanley Cup playoffs|1984]]. The 1986 series went to seven games, with the Oilers hosting the Flames in Edmonton. Calgary got on the board first with two consecutive goals in the second period. However, Edmonton came back and scored twice before the period was over to tie the game.
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*:The Edmonton Oilers were approaching dynasty status, attempting their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship in 1986. They maintained a heated rivalry with their provincial rivals the Calgary Flames, defeating them in the two playoff series the teams played against each other in [[1983 Stanley Cup playoffs|1983]] and [[1984 Stanley Cup playoffs|1984]]. The 1986 series went to seven games, with the Oilers hosting the Flames in Edmonton. Calgary got on the board first with two consecutive goals in the second period. However, Edmonton came back and scored twice before the period was over to tie the game.
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*:At 14:46 of the third period with the score holding at 2–2, rookie Oilers defenseman Steve Smith (on his 23rd birthday at the time) scooped up a dump-in by Flames centre [[Perry Berezan]], which was stopped and left for retrieval by Edmonton goalie [[Grant Fuhr]]. In an attempt to clear the puck up the ice, Smith shot the puck from a bad angle, where it managed to bounce off of Fuhr's skate and drift backwards into the Oilers goal. Smith then immediately fell to the ice and covered his head while the Flames celebrated. Berezan was credited with the goal as the last member of the Flames to touch it. The Oilers were unable to even the game up before time ran out, and the Flames went on to win the series and go to the Conference Finals. For the first time since 1982, the Oilers did not make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. As well, this series remains the only playoff matchup in the [[Battle of Alberta]] in which Calgary won. After the game, when Smith finished the handshake line, he was in tears and banged his stick on the bench boards when making his way towards the locker room.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmuXdR77xSY|title=Steve Smith's Costly Mistake (Apr. 30, 1986)|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.torontosun.com/2011/04/29/exoilers-steve-smith-recalls-fateful-own-goal|title=Ex-Oiler Steve Smith recalls fateful own goal|publisher=Torontosun.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
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*:A year later, in 1987, the Oilers captured their third Stanley Cup by defeating the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] in the series 4 games to 3. After [[Wayne Gretzky]] hoisted the Stanley Cup, he immediately handed it off to Smith.
 
   
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::At 14:46 of the third period with the score holding at 2–2, rookie Oilers defenseman Steve Smith (on his 23rd birthday at the time) scooped up a dump-in by Flames centre [[Perry Berezan]], which was stopped and left for retrieval by Edmonton goalie [[Grant Fuhr]]. In an attempt to clear the puck up the ice, Smith shot the puck from a bad angle, where it managed to bounce off of Fuhr's skate, and drift backwards into the Oilers goal. Smith then immediately fell to the ice and covered his head while the Flames celebrated. Berezan was credited with the goal as the last member of the Flames to touch it. The Oilers were unable to even the game up before time ran out, and the Flames went on to win the series and go to the Conference Finals. For the first time since 1982, the Oilers would not make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. As well, this series remains the only playoff matchup in the [[Battle of Alberta]] in which Calgary won. After the game, when Smith finished the handshake line, he was in tears and banged his stick on the bench boards when making his way towards the locker room.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmuXdR77xSY|title=Steve Smith's Costly Mistake (Apr. 30, 1986)|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.torontosun.com/2011/04/29/exoilers-steve-smith-recalls-fateful-own-goal|title=Ex-Oiler Steve Smith recalls fateful own goal|publisher=Torontosun.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::A year later, in 1987, the Oilers captured their third Stanley Cup by defeating the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] in the series 4 games to 3. After [[Wayne Gretzky]] hoisted the Stanley Cup, he immediately handed it off to Smith.
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*'''May 12, 1986: [[The Monday Night Miracle (ice hockey)|The Monday Night Miracle]]''' ([[St. Louis Blues]] 6, [[Calgary Flames]] 5, Game 6, OT, [[1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Campbell Conference Finals]])
 
*'''May 12, 1986: [[The Monday Night Miracle (ice hockey)|The Monday Night Miracle]]''' ([[St. Louis Blues]] 6, [[Calgary Flames]] 5, Game 6, OT, [[1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Campbell Conference Finals]])
*:The second-seeded Flames met the third-seeded Blues after their upset win over the [[Edmonton Oilers]] in the previous round. The Flames led the series 3–2 before game 6 in St. Louis. The Flames were in control throughout most of the game, leading by a 5–2 margin around the 8-minute mark of the third period. St. Louis began to rally, starting with a [[Brian Sutter]] goal off of a deflection. [[Greg Paslawski]] then narrowed the gap further around the 12-minute mark of the period, making the score 5–4. Time winded down even further, until suddenly, there was just over a minute left. With 1:14 remaining, Paslawski stealthy intercepted the puck from Flames defensemen [[Jamie Macoun]], caught goalie [[Mike Vernon (ice hockey)|Mike Vernon]] on a bad angle and scored. This tied the game 5–5, and the crowd erupted in cheers.
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*:The second-seeded Flames met the third-seeded Blues after their upset win over the [[Edmonton Oilers]] in the previous round. The Flames led the series 3–2 before game 6 in St. Louis. The Flames were in control throughout most of the game, leading by a 5–2 margin around the 8-minute mark of the third period. St. Louis began to rally, starting with a [[Brian Sutter]] goal off of a deflection. [[Greg Paslawski]] then narrowed the gap further around the 12-minute mark of the period, making the score 5–4. Time winded down even further, until suddenly, there was just over a minute left. With 1:14 remaining, Paslawski stealthy intercepted the puck from Flames defensemen [[Jamie Macoun]], caught goalie [[Mike Vernon (ice hockey)|Mike Vernon]] on a bad angle, and scored. This tied the game 5–5, and the crowd erupted in cheers.
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::In overtime, both teams exchanging strong scoring opportunities. The game ended when Blues forward [[Doug Wickenheiser]] scored off of a rebound goal at the 7:30 mark. The crowd erupted, and remained in celebration even after both teams left the ice.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yodTX7a-Fc|title=Monday Night Miracle|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/1986-calgary-flames-vs-st-louis-blues-clarence-campbell-conference-finals.html|title=1986 NHL Stanley Cup Clarence Campbell Conference Finals: Calgary Flames vs. St. Louis Blues - Hockey-Reference.com|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''April 18–19, 1987: [[Easter Epic]]''' ([[New York Islanders]] 3, [[Washington Capitals]] 2, Game 7, 4OT, [[1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Patrick Division Semifinals]])
 
*'''April 18–19, 1987: [[Easter Epic]]''' ([[New York Islanders]] 3, [[Washington Capitals]] 2, Game 7, 4OT, [[1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Patrick Division Semifinals]])
*:The Capitals and Islanders finished in second and third place in the Wales Conference respectively. The 1987 playoffs marked the fifth consecutive time that the teams met in the playoffs, marking the height of a deep rivalry. New York trailed 3–1 in the series, before coming back to win games 5 and 6, setting up for the seventh game in Washington, D.C.
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*:The Capitals and Islanders finished in second and third place in the Wales Conference respectively. The 1987 playoffs marked the fifth consecutive time that the teams met in the playoffs, marking the height of a deep rivalry. New York fell behind 3–1 in the series, before coming back to win games 5 and 6, setting up for the seventh game in Washington.
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::The game began at 7:30 PM EST on April 18, the Saturday before [[Easter Sunday]]. After 19 minutes of a scoreless tie, [[Mike Gartner]] put the Capitals ahead 1–0 before the end of the first period. Midway through the second period, [[Patrick Flatley]] evened the score for the Islanders, but [[Grant Martin]] responded, making the score 2–1 for Washington. With roughly five minutes left in regulation, the Islanders legend [[Bryan Trottier]] scored the equalizer, and the third period would end in a 2–2 tie.
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::Strong goaltending prevailed in overtime, with the Islanders [[Kelly Hrudey]] and the Capitals [[Bob Mason]], neutralizing many scoring attempts. The first, second, and third overtimes came and went, with Saturday the 18th rolling over into Easter Sunday the 19th. For the first time since 1951, an NHL game was headed to its fourth overtime period. Here, at around eight minutes into the fourth OT, Islanders forward [[Pat LaFontaine]] caught a deflected shot from [[Gord Dineen]], and shot it past a screened Bob Mason for the game and series winner for the Islanders. It was 1:58 AM local time, and the teams had played 128:47 of hockey that night. Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves in the win.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://capitals.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=79221|title=This Day in Caps History - April 18|publisher=Capitals.nhl.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/48177-Recalling-the-Easter-Epic-25-years-on.html|title=Recalling the Easter Epic 25 years on|publisher=Thehockeynews.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''December 8, 1987: [[Ron Hextall]] Scores a Goal''' ([[Philadelphia Flyers]] 5, [[Boston Bruins]] 2)
 
*'''December 8, 1987: [[Ron Hextall]] Scores a Goal''' ([[Philadelphia Flyers]] 5, [[Boston Bruins]] 2)
*:[[Billy Smith (ice hockey)|Billy Smith]] was the first NHL goaltender to be ''credited'' with a goal. However, this was due to an own goal committed by [[Rob Ramage]], and Smith was the last member of the opposing team to touch the puck. Hextall had openly talked about wanting to become the first goalie to score a goal before this, and he saw his wish come true a year after making the suggestion. In a game against the [[Boston Bruins]] in December 1987, the Bruins were trailing 4–2 late in the third period. They pulled goalie [[Reggie Lemelin]] for an extra attacker. Hextall picked up a dump-in while alone in the Flyers zone, and shot the puck down the length of the ice, where it rolled into the open Boston net.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JHSXkD98_k|title=Ron Hextall Scores His 1st Career Goal|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> With this, he became the first goaltender in NHL history to ''score'' a goal in a game. Hextall remarked after the game ''"I don't mean to sound cocky, but I knew it was just a matter of time before I flipped one in."''<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=647087|title=Goalie Ron Hextall recalls scoring a goal as a proud moment for both himself and the Philadelphia Flyers|work=NHL.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*:[[Billy Smith (ice hockey)|Billy Smith]] was the first NHL goaltender to be ''credited'' with a goal. However, this was due to an own goal committed by [[Rob Ramage]], and Smith was the last member of the opposing team to touch the puck. Hextall had openly talked about wanting to become the first goalie to score a goal before this, and he saw his wish come true a year after making the suggestion. In a game against the [[Boston Bruins]] in December 1987, the Bruins were trailing 4–2 late in the third period. They pulled goalie [[Reggie Lemelin]] for an extra attacker. Hextall picked up a dump-in while alone in the Flyers zone, and shot the puck down the length of the ice, where it rolled into the open Boston net.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JHSXkD98_k|title=Ron Hextall Scores His 1st Career Goal|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref> With this, he became the first goaltender in NHL history to ''score'' a goal in a game. Hextall remarked after the game ''"I don't mean to sound cocky, but I knew it was just a matter of time before I flipped one in."''<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=647087|title=Goalie Ron Hextall recalls scoring a goal as a proud moment for both himself and the Philadelphia Flyers|work=NHL.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
*:He in fact repeated this feat two years later in a game against the [[Washington Capitals]]. And for almost [[List of goaltenders who have scored a goal in an NHL game|ten years, he would stand alone]] as the only NHL goalie to score a goal until [[Chris Osgood]] in 1996.
 
   
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::He would in fact repeat this feat two years later in a game against the [[Washington Capitals]]. And for almost [[List of goaltenders who have scored a goal in an NHL game|ten years, he would stand alone]] as the only NHL goalie to score a goal until [[Chris Osgood]] in 1996.
 
*'''April 16, 1988: [[Dale Hunter]]'s Overtime Epic''' ([[Washington Capitals]] 5, [[Philadelphia Flyers]] 4, Game 7, OT, [[1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Patrick Division Semifinals]])
 
*'''April 16, 1988: [[Dale Hunter]]'s Overtime Epic''' ([[Washington Capitals]] 5, [[Philadelphia Flyers]] 4, Game 7, OT, [[1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Patrick Division Semifinals]])
*:The Capitals were perennial playoff contenders during the 1980s, although they had become known for struggling in the postseason. Even with a three-game sweep against the [[New York Islanders]] in [[1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs|1986]], They dropped two playoff series to them after leading by two games ([[1985 Stanley Cup Playoffs|1985]] and the [[1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs|1987]] [[Easter Epic]] finale) within two years. In 1988 against Philadelphia, they squandered a 4–1 lead in an overtime loss in game 4 that set them down in the series 3–1. From here, the Capitals began to rally, winning games 5 and 6 in lopsided fashion. Game 7 in Washington however, saw the Caps again fall behind 3–0. [[Dale Hunter]] preceded to rally the team, setting up the Caps' first goal by a feed to [[Garry Galley]]. Hunter later contributed a goal, helping the team to rally back and see them tie the game 4–4 by the end of regulation. For the second consecutive playoff series, the Capitals were going to overtime in game 7. Hunter then scored what is often considered the "Biggest Goal in Capitals History". He took a pass from [[Larry Murphy (ice hockey)|Larry Murphy]]. and proceeded in on a breakaway towards Flyers goalie [[Ron Hextall]]. He deked Hextall out, slipping the puck past his right blocker at 5:57 of overtime. The Capitals had won the series, and the Washington crowd erupted in cheers, which did not calm even throughout the handshake line.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/dale-hunter-and-the-biggest-goal-in-caps-history/2011/11/28/gIQAHcf94N_blog.html|title=Dale Hunter and the biggest goal in Caps history|work=Washington Post|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/198804160WSH.html|title=Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals Box Score, April 16, 1988|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*:The Capitals were perennial playoff contenders during the 1980s, although they had become known for struggling in the postseason. Even with a three-game sweep against the [[New York Islanders]] in [[1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs|1986]], They dropped two playoff series to them after leading by two games ([[1985 Stanley Cup Playoffs|1985]] and the [[1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs|1987]] [[Easter Epic]] finale) within two years. In 1988 against Philadelphia, they squandered a 4–1 lead in an overtime loss in game 4 that set them down in the series 3–1. From here, the Capitals began to rally, winning games 5 and 6 in lopsided fashion. Game 7 in Washington however, saw the Caps again fall behind 3–0. [[Dale Hunter]] preceded to rally the team, setting up the Caps' first goal by a feed to [[Gary Galley]]. Hunter later contributed a goal, helping the team to rally back and see them tie the game 4–4 by the end of regulation. For the second consecutive playoff series, the Capitals were going to overtime in game 7. Hunter then scored what is often considered the "Biggest Goal in Capitals History". He took a pass from [[Larry Murphy (ice hockey)|Larry Murphy]]. and proceeded in on a breakaway towards Flyers goalie [[Ron Hextall]]. He deked Hextall out, slipping the puck past his right blocker at 5:57 of overtime. The Capitals had won the series, and the Washington crowd erupted in cheers, which would not calm even throughout the handshake line.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/dale-hunter-and-the-biggest-goal-in-caps-history/2011/11/28/gIQAHcf94N_blog.html|title=Dale Hunter and the biggest goal in Caps history|work=Washington Post|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/198804160WSH.html|title=Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals Box Score, April 16, 1988|work=Hockey-Reference.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''May 6, 1988: "Have Another Donut!"''' ([[Boston Bruins]] 6, [[New Jersey Devils]] 1, Game 3, [[1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Wales Conference Finals]])
 
*'''May 6, 1988: "Have Another Donut!"''' ([[Boston Bruins]] 6, [[New Jersey Devils]] 1, Game 3, [[1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Wales Conference Finals]])
 
*:After the Devils suffered a 6–1 blowout loss at the hands of the Bruins in game 3, Devils coach [[Jim Schoenfeld]] proceeded to go after referee [[Don Koharski]], being very displeased with Koharski's performance during the game. Schoenfeld confronted Koharski as he walked off of the ice, and the two quickly proceeded to get into a shouting match. Koharski seemed to fall, where he then accused Schoenfeld of tripping him, and the following exchange took place:
 
*:After the Devils suffered a 6–1 blowout loss at the hands of the Bruins in game 3, Devils coach [[Jim Schoenfeld]] proceeded to go after referee [[Don Koharski]], being very displeased with Koharski's performance during the game. Schoenfeld confronted Koharski as he walked off of the ice, and the two quickly proceeded to get into a shouting match. Koharski seemed to fall, where he then accused Schoenfeld of tripping him, and the following exchange took place:
   
:Koharski: ''"Oh, you're gone now! You're gone. You won't coach another..."''
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::Koharski: ''"Oh, you're gone now! You're gone. You won't coach another..."''
::Schoenfeld: ''"You fell and you know it. You know you fell. I didn't touch you. "''
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::Schoenfeld: ''"You fell and you know it. You know you fell. I didn't touch you. You're crazy, you're crazy!"''
 
::Koharski: ''"You're gone! You're gone! And I hope it's on tape!"'' (believing that the cameras present would vindicate him)
 
::Koharski: ''"You're gone! You're gone! And I hope it's on tape!"'' (believing that the cameras present would vindicate him)
::Schoenfeld: ''"You're crazy, you're crazy! Good, because you fell, you fat pig! '''Have another donut! Have another donut!'''"''<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etZpup-GtLw|title=Jim Schoenfield - Uncensored|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::Schoenfeld: ''"Good, because you fell, you fat pig! '''Have another donut! Have another donut!'''"''<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etZpup-GtLw|title=Jim Schoenfield - Uncensored|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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::The two were finally separated for good, and Schoenfeld was later suspended for game 4 due to his remarks.
   
:The two were finally separated for good, and Schoenfeld was later suspended for game 4 due to his remarks.
 
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::New Jersey successfully sought a legal injunction, granting them a stay of Schoenfeld's suspension, allowing him to coach in game 4. Before the start of the game, the officials that night decided to boycott the game to show solidarity with Koharski in response to Schoenfeld's presence behind the bench. The game had to be played with replacement officials, with Schoenfeld serving out his suspension during game 5.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bleacherreport.com/articles/121503-jim-schoenfeld-have-another-donut|title=Jim Schoenfeld: "Have Another Donut," the 1988 NHL Playoffs That Changed Hockey|author=levinakl|work=Bleacher Report|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
::New Jersey successfully sought a legal injunction, granting them a stay of Schoenfeld's suspension, allowing him to coach in game 4. Before the start of the game, the officials that night decided to boycott the game to show solidarity with Koharski in response to Schoenfeld's presence behind the bench. The game had to be played with replacement officials, with Schoenfeld serving out his suspension during game 5.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bleacherreport.com/articles/121503-jim-schoenfeld-have-another-donut|title=Jim Schoenfeld: "Have Another Donut," the 1988 NHL Playoffs That Changed Hockey|author=levinakl|work=Bleacher Report|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
   
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*:The Sabres faced the Bruins for the second consecutive postseason, having lost to Boston in [[1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs|seven games in round 1 in 1992]]. Their matchup in 1993 was ultimately closer than it looked on paper. Buffalo came out to a 3–0 series lead thanks in part to overtime victories in games 1 and 3. Game 4 at [[Buffalo Memorial Auditorium]] was the highest-scoring affair in the short series. Boston led 4–2 by the end of the first period, and then 5–3 by the end of the second. From that point on, Buffalo took control of the game. Sabres forward [[Alexander Mogilny]] pulled to within 1 at 10:43 of the third period. Less than one minute later, [[Yuri Khmylev]] scored the equalizer at the 11:36 mark. The game was deadlocked at 5–5 going into overtime. It wouldn't last long in the extra period thanks to the efforts of [[Brad May]]. Less than fives minutes in, May caught a feed from [[Pat Lafontaine]] and proceeded into Boston's defensive zone. He deked around two Boston defenders (one of them being future hall of famer [[Ray Bourque]]), then faked out Bruins goalie [[Andy Moog]] for a swift goal at 4:48 of overtime to end the series. The Buffalo crowd cheered in a frenzy, and Sabres announcer [[Rick Jeanneret]] immortalized the play with the following call:
 
*:The Sabres faced the Bruins for the second consecutive postseason, having lost to Boston in [[1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs|seven games in round 1 in 1992]]. Their matchup in 1993 was ultimately closer than it looked on paper. Buffalo came out to a 3–0 series lead thanks in part to overtime victories in games 1 and 3. Game 4 at [[Buffalo Memorial Auditorium]] was the highest-scoring affair in the short series. Boston led 4–2 by the end of the first period, and then 5–3 by the end of the second. From that point on, Buffalo took control of the game. Sabres forward [[Alexander Mogilny]] pulled to within 1 at 10:43 of the third period. Less than one minute later, [[Yuri Khmylev]] scored the equalizer at the 11:36 mark. The game was deadlocked at 5–5 going into overtime. It wouldn't last long in the extra period thanks to the efforts of [[Brad May]]. Less than fives minutes in, May caught a feed from [[Pat Lafontaine]] and proceeded into Boston's defensive zone. He deked around two Boston defenders (one of them being future hall of famer [[Ray Bourque]]), then faked out Bruins goalie [[Andy Moog]] for a swift goal at 4:48 of overtime to end the series. The Buffalo crowd cheered in a frenzy, and Sabres announcer [[Rick Jeanneret]] immortalized the play with the following call:
   
::''Moving it up to Lafontaine, he gets tripped up, he gets it to May, he gets it over the line, here's May going in on goal, he shoots, he SCORES! '''MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! BRAD MAY WINS IT IN OVERTIME!'''<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otGhTszcS3s|title=Brad May Overtime Goal. Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! (HD)|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.flyershistory.com/cgi-bin/poboxscore.cgi?O19930025|title=Flyers History - Philadelphia Flyer Game Summary|publisher=Flyershistory.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>''
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::''Moving it up to Lafontaine, he gets tripped up, he gets it to May, he gets it over the line, here's May going in on goal, he shoots, he SCORES! '''MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! BRAD MAY WINS IT IN OVERTIME!'''<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otGhTszcS3s|title=Brad May Overtime Goal. Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! (HD)|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.flyershistory.com/cgi-bin/poboxscore.cgi?O19930025|title=Flyers History - Philadelphia Flyer Game Summary|publisher=Flyershistory.com|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
*'''April 25, 1993: Blues Sweep Blackhawks, Belfour Rampages''' ([[St. Louis Blues]] 4, [[Chicago Blackhawks]] 3, Game 4, OT, [[1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Norris Division Semifinals]])
 
*'''April 25, 1993: Blues Sweep Blackhawks, Belfour Rampages''' ([[St. Louis Blues]] 4, [[Chicago Blackhawks]] 3, Game 4, OT, [[1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Norris Division Semifinals]])
 
::For the second year in a row, these [[Blackhawks–Blues rivalry|bitter division rivals]] met in the postseason. Albeit, with drastically different results. Chicago won in six games in 1992 in their run to the Cup Finals. This year, they were division and conference winners, finishing with 21 point up on the fourth-seeded Blues. However, St. Louis pulled off a stunning upset in the first round, sweeping the first place Hawks right out of the playoffs. The culminating moment was at 10:13 of overtime in game 4, when [[Craig Janney]] scored the game winner for the Blues. Chicago goalie [[Ed Belfour]] had gone out of his net to play the puck, but ended up colliding with St. Louis star [[Brett Hull]]. Because of this, he made it back to the crease just in time to watch the puck get shot past him into the open net. Belfour was livid, and immediately conferred with the officials, demanding the goal be overturned due to interference. His request was not granted, the goal stood, and the Blackhawks season was over. He then went on a notorious rampage, smashing his stick against the crossbar and post and trashing the visitor's locker room in [[St. Louis Arena]]. He destroyed a television, coffee maker, hot tub, and two water coolers, dealing thousands of dollars in damage total. Belfour also refused to play another regular season game in St. Louis for the remainder of his career. Ironically, in 1999, Belfour and Hull would be teammates on the Dallas Stars [[1999 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup winning team]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GASf9QcUDGg|title=Blues sweep Blackhawks-Belfour goes Crazy!|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://blackhawkup.com/2014/04/16/chicago-blackhawks-history-106-st-louis-blues-rivalry/|title=Chicago Blackhawks History 106: St. Louis Blues Rivalry|work=Blackhawk Up|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
 
::For the second year in a row, these [[Blackhawks–Blues rivalry|bitter division rivals]] met in the postseason. Albeit, with drastically different results. Chicago won in six games in 1992 in their run to the Cup Finals. This year, they were division and conference winners, finishing with 21 point up on the fourth-seeded Blues. However, St. Louis pulled off a stunning upset in the first round, sweeping the first place Hawks right out of the playoffs. The culminating moment was at 10:13 of overtime in game 4, when [[Craig Janney]] scored the game winner for the Blues. Chicago goalie [[Ed Belfour]] had gone out of his net to play the puck, but ended up colliding with St. Louis star [[Brett Hull]]. Because of this, he made it back to the crease just in time to watch the puck get shot past him into the open net. Belfour was livid, and immediately conferred with the officials, demanding the goal be overturned due to interference. His request was not granted, the goal stood, and the Blackhawks season was over. He then went on a notorious rampage, smashing his stick against the crossbar and post and trashing the visitor's locker room in [[St. Louis Arena]]. He destroyed a television, coffee maker, hot tub, and two water coolers, dealing thousands of dollars in damage total. Belfour also refused to play another regular season game in St. Louis for the remainder of his career. Ironically, in 1999, Belfour and Hull would be teammates on the Dallas Stars [[1999 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup winning team]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GASf9QcUDGg|title=Blues sweep Blackhawks-Belfour goes Crazy!|work=YouTube|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://blackhawkup.com/2014/04/16/chicago-blackhawks-history-106-st-louis-blues-rivalry/|title=Chicago Blackhawks History 106: St. Louis Blues Rivalry|work=Blackhawk Up|accessdate=December 13, 2014}}</ref>
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*'''February 5, 2004: The Flu Game''' ([[Toronto Maple Leafs]] 5, [[Ottawa Senators]] 4, OT)
 
*'''February 5, 2004: The Flu Game''' ([[Toronto Maple Leafs]] 5, [[Ottawa Senators]] 4, OT)
:The influenza virus hovered over this [[Battle of Ontario]] game. The Senators looked to avenge a 5–1 loss in their previous matchup against their provincial rivals. They roared out to a 3–0 lead in the first period, then added another marker early in the second for a 4–0 score. The Leafs got on the board midway through the second period with a puck shot by [[Robert Reichel]] being deflected off of [[Darcy Tucker]]'s skate into the net. [[Mikael Renberg]] then cut the lead to two with a goal after a scramble behind the net. [[Owen Nolan]] then shot a puck which trickled to the goal line, where [[Matt Stajan]] then swatted it in for a goal to wrap up the second period scoring, and pulled the Leafs within one. Leafs captain [[Mats Sundin]] then scored with 5:03 left in the third period to tie the game at 4–4. Nolan then scored with 30.7 seconds left in overtime to complete the comeback. The Maple Leafs had scored five unanswered goals in the second half of the game to take a comeback win.
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::The influenza virus hovered over this [[Battle of Ontario]] game. The Senators looked to avenge a 5–1 loss in their previous matchup against their provincial rivals. They roared out to a 3–0 lead in the first period, then added another marker early in the second for a 4–0 score. The Leafs got on the board midway through the second period with a puck shot by [[Robert Reichel]] being deflected off of [[Darcy Tucker]]'s skate into the net. [[Mikael Renberg]] then cut the lead to two with a goal after a scramble behind the net. [[Owen Nolan]] then shot a puck which trickled to the goal line, where [[Matt Stajan]] then swatted it in for a goal to wrap up the second period scoring, and pulled the Leafs within one. Leafs captain [[Mats Sundin]] then scored with 5:03 left in the third period to tie the game at 4–4. Nolan then scored with 30.7 seconds left in overtime to complete the comeback. The Maple Leafs had scored five unanswered goals in the second half of the game to take a comeback win.
 
::As both teams were sick with the flu, the benches had emptied from players who had to be taken out of the game, or were inactive. Adding to the players already inactive due to previous injuries (and [[Marian Hossa]] leaving the game after getting hit in the face with the puck), this was an injury-depleted contest. The Senators especially felt the effects. However, Maple Leafs forward Owen Nolan (who got an assist, and the game-winning goal while battling the flu himself) offered no sympathy, giving this memorable quip during a post-game interview: ''``I don't care...We're tired, too, and we battled back and we were down by four...I'm sure they have their excuses ready to go."'' Nolan's remark has often been quoted as "'''Boo Hoo"''', although this may be apocryphal, and rather a summation of what Nolan truly said (that he didn't feel sorry for the Senators). The Flu Game became a popular antagonizing piece of fuel for Maple Leafs fans in the provincial rivalry for years to come.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2003020816|title=Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Ottawa Senators 4 FINAL OT|publisher=NHL.com|accessdate=January 4, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPxtQs0OfwU|title=Owen Nolan Flu|publisher=Youtube.com|accessdate=January 4, 2015}}</ref>
 
::As both teams were sick with the flu, the benches had emptied from players who had to be taken out of the game, or were inactive. Adding to the players already inactive due to previous injuries (and [[Marian Hossa]] leaving the game after getting hit in the face with the puck), this was an injury-depleted contest. The Senators especially felt the effects. However, Maple Leafs forward Owen Nolan (who got an assist, and the game-winning goal while battling the flu himself) offered no sympathy, giving this memorable quip during a post-game interview: ''``I don't care...We're tired, too, and we battled back and we were down by four...I'm sure they have their excuses ready to go."'' Nolan's remark has often been quoted as "'''Boo Hoo"''', although this may be apocryphal, and rather a summation of what Nolan truly said (that he didn't feel sorry for the Senators). The Flu Game became a popular antagonizing piece of fuel for Maple Leafs fans in the provincial rivalry for years to come.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2003020816|title=Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Ottawa Senators 4 FINAL OT|publisher=NHL.com|accessdate=January 4, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPxtQs0OfwU|title=Owen Nolan Flu|publisher=Youtube.com|accessdate=January 4, 2015}}</ref>
 
*'''March 5, 2004: [[Philadelphia Flyers–Ottawa Senators brawl|Flyers–Senators Brawl]]''' ([[Philadelphia Flyers]] 5, [[Ottawa Senators]] 3)
 
*'''March 5, 2004: [[Philadelphia Flyers–Ottawa Senators brawl|Flyers–Senators Brawl]]''' ([[Philadelphia Flyers]] 5, [[Ottawa Senators]] 3)
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*'''January 15, 2006: The Ovi Dive''' ([[Washington Capitals]] 6, [[Phoenix Coyotes]] 1)
 
*'''January 15, 2006: The Ovi Dive''' ([[Washington Capitals]] 6, [[Phoenix Coyotes]] 1)
During a game between the [[Washington Capitals]] and [[Phoenix Coyotes]], [[Alexander Ovechkin]] sped the puck past [[Paul Mara]], deked defenseman [[Jeff Taffe]], and dove down while putting the puck past a flabbergasted [[Brian Boucher]]. <ref>{{citeweb |last1=Farber|first1=Michael|url= https://www.si.com/vault/1969/12/31/8397447/a-new-goal-standard |title=A New Goal Standard| work=Sports Illustrated|date=25 December 2006}}</ref> It was considered to be one of Ovechkin's memorable goals.
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*: During a game between the [[Washington Capitals]] and [[Phoenix Coyotes]], [[Alexander Ovechkin]] sped the puck past [[Paul Mara]], deked defenseman [[Jeff Taffe]], and dove down while putting the puck past a flabbergasted [[Brian Boucher]]. <ref>{{citeweb |last1=Farber|first1=Michael|url= https://www.si.com/vault/1969/12/31/8397447/a-new-goal-standard |title=A New Goal Standard| work=Sports Illustrated|date=25 December 2006}}</ref> It was considered to be one of Ovechkin's memorable goals.
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*'''January 4, 2007: The Improbable Becomes Impossible''' ([[Dallas Stars]] 6, [[Edmonton Oilers]] 5, SO)
 
*'''January 4, 2007: The Improbable Becomes Impossible''' ([[Dallas Stars]] 6, [[Edmonton Oilers]] 5, SO)
: While the [[Dallas Stars]] defeated the [[Edmonton Oilers]] 6-5 in the shootout on January 4, 2007, it was most remembered for the final seconds of the game. With 14.3 seconds left in the third period, [[Patrik Stefan]] stole the puck from the Oilers and casually skated to the net. Then, he lost his edge on the puck and missed the net, causing a turnover. [[Petr Sykora]] gave a long-distance pass to [[Ryan Smyth]], in which he passed to [[Alex Hemsky]], and Hemsky scored the goal with about 2.4 seconds left in the third. When interviewed, Stefan replied, "They may show it a million times for years to come." After the goal, Dallas Stars announcer [[Ralph Strangis]] had this to say about it, ''“In a building where the improbable happens.... we've just seen the impossible!"''
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*'''June 6, 2007: [[Chris Phillips]]: The [[Own Goal]], Pt. II''' ([[Anaheim Ducks]] 6, [[Ottawa Senators]] 2, Game 5, [[2007 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
 
*'''June 6, 2007: [[Chris Phillips]]: The [[Own Goal]], Pt. II''' ([[Anaheim Ducks]] 6, [[Ottawa Senators]] 2, Game 5, [[2007 Stanley Cup Finals|Stanley Cup Finals]])
 
*:The Anaheim Ducks had taken a 3–1 series lead against Ottawa, and were poised to win their franchise's first Stanley Cup in game 5 at the [[Honda Center]]. Anaheim scored twice in the first period to jump out to a 2–0 lead on goals by [[Andy McDonald (ice hockey)|Andy McDonald]] and [[Rob Neidermayer]]. [[Daniel Alfredsson]] cut the lead to one halfway through the second period. However, the most infamous moment in the series came roughly 4 minutes later. A dump in by Anaheim's [[Travis Moen]] caused Ottawa goalie [[Ray Emery]] to leave the crease and play the puck, setting it up for the advancing Chris Phillips to play it out of the zone. As Emery skated back into the crease, Phillips skated forward and mishandled the puck, causing it to fly loose from his stick blade. It then slid between the narrow gap between the goal post and Emery's skates, and into the net. The own goal gave Anaheim a 3–1 lead.
 
*:The Anaheim Ducks had taken a 3–1 series lead against Ottawa, and were poised to win their franchise's first Stanley Cup in game 5 at the [[Honda Center]]. Anaheim scored twice in the first period to jump out to a 2–0 lead on goals by [[Andy McDonald (ice hockey)|Andy McDonald]] and [[Rob Neidermayer]]. [[Daniel Alfredsson]] cut the lead to one halfway through the second period. However, the most infamous moment in the series came roughly 4 minutes later. A dump in by Anaheim's [[Travis Moen]] caused Ottawa goalie [[Ray Emery]] to leave the crease and play the puck, setting it up for the advancing Chris Phillips to play it out of the zone. As Emery skated back into the crease, Phillips skated forward and mishandled the puck, causing it to fly loose from his stick blade. It then slid between the narrow gap between the goal post and Emery's skates, and into the net. The own goal gave Anaheim a 3–1 lead.
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