THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 7
1927: The American Division champion Boston Bruins and the Canadian Division champion Ottawa Senators played to a 0-0 overtime tie at Boston Arena in the first all-NHL Stanley Cup Final game. It was the second scoreless tie in NHL playoff history.
1928: Coach Lester Patrick, age 44, replaces injured goaltender Lorne Chabot and helps the New York Rangers defeat the Montreal Maroons 2-1 in overtime in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Forum.
Chabot is clipped in the eye by a shot from Nels Stewart early in the second period and is unable to continue. In an era when teams don’t carry their own backup goaltender, the Maroons refuse to allow the Rangers to use the backup goalie who traditionally watches from the stands. Montreal also turns down Patrick’s request to use minor-leaguer Hugh McCormick.
1936: John Sorrell scores twice and has two assists to help the Detroit Red Wings to a 9-4 win against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The nine goals are still a record for the most scored by one team in a Final game.
1955: The Montreal Canadiens end Detroit’s 15-game winning streak (nine regular-season games, six playoff games) with a 4-2 victory at the Forum in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Bernie Geoffrion scores three of Montreal’s goals.
1974: Bernie Parent earns his NHL-record 47th victory when the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Minnesota North Stars 6-2 at the Spectrum in their regular-season finale. Parent’s record lasts until Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils wins 48 games in 2006-07.
On the same night, Andy Brown of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the last goaltender to play an NHL game without a mask. The Penguins lose 6-3 to the Atlanta Flames at the Omni in Brown’s final NHL game.
1982: The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers set a single-game Stanley Cup Playoff record by combining for 18 goals. The Kings outscore the Oilers 10-8 at Northlands Coliseum in Game 1 of the Smythe Division Semifinals. Fifteen players score at least one goal; Kings forward Charlie Simmer breaks an 8-8 tie with 5:04 left in the third period.
1993: The Penguins tie the NHL record for consecutive victories by winning their 15th straight game, 4-3 in overtime against the visiting Canadiens at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. Rick Tocchet scores three goals in regulation for his 11th NHL hat trick, then sets up the overtime winner by defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. The Penguins equal the mark set by the 1981-82 New York Islanders (who play before overtime is reinstituted).
1999: Goaltender Patrick Roy sets an NHL record with his ninth career 30-win season when the Colorado Avalanche defeat the Nashville Predators 4-1 at Pepsi Center. Roy makes 27 saves for the victory, breaking the record of eight 30-win seasons he shares with Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito.
2002: Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames scores twice to become the first (and only) 50-goal scorer of the 2001-02 season. Iginla reaches the 50-goal plateau for the first time in his NHL career, but the Flames lose 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.