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This Week In Hawks History: April 6-12

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
Harold "Mush" March

Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:

  • Bobby Hull got the first of his two Hawks playoff hat tricks on April 7, 1963 at Detroit.
  • Doug Lecuyer scored his lone Hawks playoff overtime goal against St. Louis at the Stadium in the opening game of the Preliminary Round on April 8, 1980.
  • Pit Martin registered the fastest overtime goal in team history - just 12 seconds in - on April 9, 1972 at Pittsburgh to give Chicago a four-game sweep in the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals. Bobby Hull tallied his second career playoff hat trick in the 6-5 win, as well.
  • Also on April 9, in 1983, winger Al Secord set a Hawks record with 35 penalty minutes in a period and 37 minutes total at St. Louis, including a game misconduct. Despite the penalties, Secord’s teammates edged the Blues 2-1 and went on to the Conference Finals against Edmonton.
  • Chicago's longest overtime playoff game occurred on the same date in 1931, when Cy Wentworth scored at 53:50 into the extra frame in Montreal for a 3-2 victory. However, the Canadiens came back in the next two games to capture the Stanley Cup 3-2.
  • The Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in dramatic fashion on April 10, 1934, 1-0 against Detroit at the Stadium. Harold “Mush” March scored 11 minutes into overtime to give goalie Charlie Gardiner his fifth and final playoff shutout.
  • On the same date in 1986, Denis Savard became the first Blackhawk to score four goals in a playoff game during a Division Semi-Finals battle at the Stadium against Toronto.
  • On the April 11, 1968, the Hawks exploded for five goals in the third period - a team playoff record - to whip the Rangers 7-4. Chicago had dropped the opening two games to New York, but took the next four straight to win the series.
  • On April 12, 1938, the Hawks won their second Stanley Cup, beating Toronto 4-1 and winning the best-of-five series 3-1.
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