THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 14
1928: The New York Rangers, playing their second season in the NHL, win the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Maroons in the deciding game of the best-of-5 Final. Center Frank Boucher scores twice for the Rangers, who have to play all five games on the road because Madison Square Garden is not available. New York overcomes a 2-1 series deficit by winning Games 4 and 5 to become the second U.S.-based team (along with the 1917 Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association) to win the Cup.
1942: The Toronto Maple Leafs tie a Stanley Cup Final record for goals in a game by routing the Detroit Red Wings 9-3 in Game 5 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Forward Don Metz, inserted into the lineup after Toronto loses the first three games, scores three goals and finishes with five points, and Syl Apps scores two goals and sets up three others. Toronto blows the game open with five unanswered goals in the second period.
1955: Alex Delvecchio scores twice and the Red Wings defeat the Canadiens 3-1 in Game 7 of the Final at the Olympia to win the Stanley Cup for the second straight season and the fourth time in six seasons. Delvecchio opens the scoring 7:12 into the second period and gives Detroit a 3-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 2:59 of the third. It’s the last time Detroit would win the Cup until 1997. It’s also the final game refereed by Bill Chadwick, who is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame nine years later.
1960: The Montreal Canadiens become the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup five years in a row when they complete a four-game sweep in the Final with a 4-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens. Jean Beliveau scores twice and Jacques Plante makes 30 saves for his 10th NHL playoff shutout. The Canadiens win the Cup in the minimum eight games, having swept the Boston Bruins in the Semifinals.
In what turns out to be the final game of his NHL career, 39-year-old Maurice Richard has an assist on younger brother Henri Richard’s second-period goal for his 126th and final Stanley Cup Playoff point. He retires before the next season and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961 after the Hall waived the customary three-year waiting period.
1993: The longest winning streak in NHL history ends when the Pittsburgh Penguins play to a 6-6 season-ending tie against the New Jersey Devils in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The tie ends the Penguins’ streak of 17 consecutive victories, two more than the mark set by the 1981-82 New York Islanders. Mario Lemieux has two goals and an assist for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions and finishes with a League-leading 160 points in 60 games.
1996: Detroit wraps up the winningest season in NHL history with a 5-1 road victory against the Dallas Stars. Chris Osgood makes 21 saves and Vyacheslav Kozlov scores twice for the Red Wings, who finish the season with 62 wins, two more than the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.
2003: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche becomes the first goaltender in NHL history with 150 playoff wins. He reaches the milestone by making 18 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. It’s Roy’s 23rd and final playoff shutout.