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This Week In Hawks History: March 23-29

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
Phil Russell

Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:

  • On March 24, 1938 in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals, Hawks goalie Mike Karakas registered the first of his three career playoff shutouts, blanking the Canadiens 4-0 at the Stadium.

  • Two nights later in Montreal, the Hawks moved into the semis when Paul Thompson scored at 11:49 in overtime as Chicago advanced and eventually captured its second Stanley Cup.

  • The Hawks and Canadiens battled to a 1-1 draw at the Stadium on March 25, 1934, which won their two-game total goal series 4-3. Hall of Fame goalie Charlie Gardiner began the next series by shutting out the Maroons 3-0 in Montreal on March 28.

  • Gardiner also had the first playoff shutout in team history on March 29, 1931 against New York 2-0.
  • The first Hawks overtime goal in playoff history came off the stick of Stewart Adams on March 26, 1931 against Toronto at the Stadium.

  • The Hawks’ record for the longest overtime game came on March 26, 1961. 52:12 had passed when Murray Balfour scored to beat Montreal at the Stadium 2-1. After a 5-2 loss the next game, Hall was brilliant in the next two, blanking the Canadiens twice 3-0 as the Hawks went on to win the Stanley Cup against Detroit.

  • The team mark for the fastest two power play goals occurred on March 26, 1989 at the Stadium when Denis Savard and Adam Creighton scored 15 seconds apart against Calgary.

  • Defenseman Phil Russell set a Blackhawks record for the most penalties in a game (8) by picking up six minor infractions, plus ten-minute misconduct and game misconduct penalties on March 26, 1977.

  • Doug Bentley tallied the first Chicago hat trick in the playoffs on March 28, 1944 at the Stadium against the Red Wings and then repeated his feat two nights later in Detroit to knock the Hawks' rival out of the playoffs.

  • The Chicago Stadium officially opened on March 29, 1929. Its first event was a boxing match. The Blackhawks wouldn’t play in the $6 million building until the following December.
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