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This Week In Hawks History: April 13-19

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Stadium

Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawks history:

  • Winger Ken Wharram scored the fastest goal to start a game in Hawks playoff history when he lit the lamp nine seconds into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals on April 13, 1967 in Toronto.

  • Glenn Hall registered the fifth shutout of his Hawks playoff career on the same date in 1965, a 4-0 decision against Detroit at the Stadium in Game 6 of the Cup Semi-Finals.

  • Also on the same date in 1974, Tony Esposito blanked the Kings 1-0 in Los Angeles and repeated the feat three days later at the Stadium to move the Hawks in the Cup Semi-Finals.

  • The Hawks’ luck on April 13 continued in 1985, when they completed a three-game sweep of the Red Wings with an 8-2 rout in the Division Semi-Finals. Chicago amassed 23 goals against only 8 for Detroit in the best-of-five series.

  • The nostalgia of April 14, 1994 – the Blackhawks’ last regular-season game at the Chicago Stadium - was spoiled by the Maple Leafs in a 6-4 loss.

  • That same date in 1961, the Hawks set a team playoff record by taking 24 shots in the third period on their way to a 6-3 victory over Detroit.

  • On April 16, 1961, the Hawks defeated the Red Wings in Detroit 5-1 to win their third Stanley Cup. Reg Fleming scored the first Chicago goal of that game shorthanded and Ab McDonald tallied what proved to be the game-winner.

  • Denis Savard scored his first career playoff hat trick in a 7-4 triumph over St. Louis in Game 4 of the Division Finals on April 19, 1982.

  • On the same date in 1996, goalie Ed Belfour earned the third playoff shutout of his Blackhawks career, blanking the Calgary Flames 3-0 in Game 2 of the Conference Quarter-Finals.

  • Stan Mikita set a Chicago playoff record by registering a point in 11 straight playoff games in 1962. The future Hall of Famer had 15 points (6 G, 9 A) during the run between March 27 through April 19.
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