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April 23: Pete Babando scores Stanley Cup-winner for Red Wings

Plus: Scotty Bowman becomes all-time leader in playoff coaching victories; Wayne Gretzky gets ninth postseason hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 23

1950: In the first Game 7 of the Final to be decided in overtime, Pete Babando scores at 8:31 of the second overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers at Olympia Stadium. 

Detroit's Jim McFadden ties the game with 4:03 remaining in the third period, and each team has plenty of chances before Babando beats Rangers goaltender Chuck Rayner for the Cup-winning goal.

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April 22: Patrik Sundstrom of Devils has eight-point night

Plus: Darryl Sittler scores five goals; Patrick Roy plays final NHL game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 22

1988: Patrik Sundstrom of the New Jersey Devils wipes out one of Wayne Gretzky's records.

Sundstrom, a 26-year-old forward, has the greatest offensive night in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to that point, scoring three goals and assisting on five others for eight points in New Jersey's 10-4 victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Final.

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April 21: Bill Barilko's goal wins Stanley Cup for Maple Leafs

Plus: Lightning victorious in first home playoff game; Steve Yzerman sets Red Wings postseason hat-trick record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 21

1951: Defenseman Bill Barilko scores the Stanley Cup-winning goal at 2:53 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Final at Maple Leaf Gardens. The goal caps the only Stanley Cup series where every game ends in overtime and gives Toronto its ninth Stanley Cup championship, at the time the most of any NHL team.

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April 20: Don Raleigh scores in overtime again

Plus: Jean Beliveau gets playoff hat trick; Craig MacTavish plays final NHL game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 20

1950: Don Raleigh becomes the first player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score in overtime in back-to-back games during the Final when he beats Harry Lumley 1:38 into OT to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 at Olympia Stadium. 

It comes two nights after Raleigh's goal at 8:34 of overtime gives the Rangers a series-tying 4-3 win.

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April 19: Martin Brodeur earns playoff shutout record

Plus: Stan Mikita passes Gordie Howe for postseason points; Sharks mount big rally to stun Kings in 2011 West quarterfinals

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Brodeur's SO record

Memories: Brodeur seals record 24th playoff shutout

On April 19, 2012, Martin Brodeur's acquired his record-setting 24th Stanley Cup playoff shutout, leading the Devils to a 4-0 victory

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 19

2012: New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur adds another record to his collection.

Brodeur sets the Stanley Cup Playoff mark for career shutouts by making 26 saves in a 4-0 victory against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Brodeur's 24th (and final) postseason shutout breaks a tie with Patrick Roy on the NHL's all-time list.

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April 18: Wayne Gretzky plays final game

Plus: Maple Leafs win Cup with historic comeback; Pat LaFontaine, Islanders victorious in 'Easter Epic'

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 18

1999: Wayne Gretzky says goodbye to the NHL as only he can.

Before a packed house at Madison Square Garden, Gretzky earns the 2,857th and final point of his NHL career, an assist in the New York Rangers' 2-1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their final game of the season.

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April 17: Sidney Crosby youngest to 100 points

Plus: Wayne Gretzky has seven points in playoff game; goalie Martin Brodeur scores

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

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2006: Sidney Crosby (18 years, 253 days) becomes the youngest NHL player to reach 100 points in a season. Point No. 100 comes on the second of his three assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 6-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Mellon Arena. Crosby gets his 99th point by setting up Tomas Surovy's goal at 15:19 of the second period, then reaches the milestone 25 seconds later with an assist on Ryan Malone's power-play goal.

Play is stopped for nearly five minutes as fans shower the ice with hats and T-shirts.

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April 16: Maple Leafs win Cup for third straight year

Plus: Ed Belfour makes 72 saves in playoff loss; Esa Tikkanen has hat trick in Game 7 of Smythe Division Semifinals

by John Kreiser / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Toronto wins 3 in a row

Memories: Toronto wins their third-consecutive cup

On April 16, 1949, Toronto became the first NHL team to win three-consecutive Stanley Cups, sweeping the Red Wings and making history forever

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1949: The Toronto Maple Leafs become the NHL's first modern-era dynasty.

Toronto wins the Stanley Cup for the third straight year, completing a four-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings in the Final with a 3-1 victory at Maple Leaf Gardens. Turk Broda allows five goals in four games against the NHL's top-scoring team during the regular season. The win is Toronto's ninth straight in the Final.

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April 15: Octopus tradition begins for Red Wings

Plus: Brett Hull scores 24th game-winning playoff goal; Teemu Selanne sets rookie mark with 132 points

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 15:

1952: The tradition of throwing an octopus onto the ice begins when the Detroit Red Wings become the first team to win the Stanley Cup without losing a playoff game by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 in Game 4 of the Final. Metro Prystai scores two goals and Terry Sawchuk earns his fifth career playoff shutout, helping the Red Wings finish 8-0 in the 1952 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Brothers Pete and Jerry Cusimano, store owners in Detroit's Eastern Market, make history when they toss an octopus onto the ice at Olympia Stadium. Each tentacle symbolizes one of the eight victories needed to win the Cup during the Original Six era. The tradition continues to this day, even though the number of victories needed to win the Cup has grown to 16.

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April 14: Canadiens complete drive for five

Plus: Maurice Richard earns assist in NHL finale; Penguins' winning streak ends at 17

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 14

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.

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