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This Date in NHL History

April 17: Crosby youngest to 100 points

Plus: Gretzky has seven points in playoff game; Golden Knights sweep first playoff series

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY, APRIL 17:

2006: Sidney Crosby (18 years, 253 days) becomes the youngest NHL player to reach 100 points in a season.

Point No. 100 is 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 a goal by Tomas Surovy at 15:19 of the second period, then reaches the milestone 25 seconds later with an assist on a power-play goal by Ryan Malone.

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

"One hundred points? At 18?" linemate Colby Armstrong says. "This kid's doing something most people can't imagine or dream of."

Crosby joins Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk (18 years, 354 days) as the only 18-year-olds in NHL history to reach 100 points. He finishes his first season with 102 points (39 goals, 63 assists).

Video: Memories: Sid is youngest to reach 100 points

 

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1958: Maurice Richard scores the sixth and final Stanley Cup Playoff overtime goal of his career to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Final at the Forum. He beats goaltender Don Simmons at 5:45 of overtime for the win that puts the Canadiens ahead 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. Richard's record lasts until 2006, when Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche scores his seventh playoff overtime goal.

Video: Memories: Richard's OT goal seals Stanley Cup victory

 

1977: Los Angeles Kings forward Don Kozak sets a playoff record for fastest goal from the start of a game in a 7-4 win against the Bruins in Game 4 of their Quarterfinal series at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Kozak beats Gerry Cheevers six seconds after the opening faceoff at the Forum for one of his seven career playoff goals.

On the same night, the Philadelphia Flyers score three goals in the final 5:49 of the third period to force overtime, and Reggie Leach gets the game-winner at 19:10 of OT for a 6-5 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens in Game 4 of their Quarterfinal series. The Flyers become the second team in NHL history to win back-to-back games in one playoff series despite trailing in the last two minutes of the third period in each game.

 

1981: Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders becomes the third NHL defenseman to score three goals in a playoff game. Potvin scores three of New York's four power-play goals also contributes two assists in a 6-3 victory against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of the Quarterfinals at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders eliminate the Oilers in six games on the way to their second of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

 

1983: Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky sets a playoff record for most points in a playoff game with seven (four goals, three assists) in a 10-2 road win against the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of the Smythe Division Final. Gretzky scores two goals in each of the first two periods; he gets one assist in the first period and two in the third. Gretzky also scores one of the Oilers' record-tying three shorthanded goals. He matches his own single-game record in 1985 and 1987 before Patrik Sundstrom of the New Jersey Devils breaks the mark with eight points in a game on April 22, 1988.

On the same night, Mike Ramsay of the Buffalo Sabres becomes the second defenseman in NHL history to score goals in four consecutive playoff games. His goal helps the Sabres defeat the Bruins 4-3 at Memorial Auditorium in Game 3 of the Adams Division Final.

 

1996: The Florida Panthers win the first playoff game in their history when John Vanbiesbrouck makes 42 saves in a 6-3 victory against the Bruins at Miami Arena in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Ray Sheppard scores two goals for the third-year Panthers, who eliminate the Bruins and upset the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins to reach the Cup Final.

 

1997: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur caps a 5-2 victory against the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at East Rutherford, New Jersey, by becoming the second NHL goalie to score a goal in a playoff game. Brodeur shoots the puck the length of the ice into the empty net after the Canadiens pull goalie Jocelyn Thibault for an extra skater.

Video: Devils' Marty Brodeur notches first career NHL goal

 

2004: Steve Yzerman becomes the Detroit Red Wings' all-time leader in playoff goals when he scores the 68th of his career in a 2-0 road win against the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series. He breaks the record of 67 held for more than three decades by Gordie Howe.

 

2016: The Islanders win the first NHL postseason game ever played in Brooklyn when defenseman Thomas Hickey scores at 12:31 of overtime to give New York a 4-3 win against the Panthers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Barclays Center. The Islanders trail 2-0 and 3-1 but rally to force overtime before Hickey scores his first goal in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the win, which gives New York a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: FLA@NYI, Gm3: Hickey lights the lamp for OT winner

 

2017: Kevin Fiala's goal at 16:44 of overtime caps a rally and gives the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round. The Blackhawks take a 2-0 lead into the third period, but two goals by Filip Forsberg force overtime. The win gives Nashville a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: CHI@NSH, Gm3: Fiala beats Crawford for OT winner

 

2018: The Vegas Golden Knights become the first team in NHL history to sweep a playoff series in its inaugural season when they defeat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 at Staples Center in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round. Marc-Andre Fleury makes 31 saves and Brayden McNabb scores at 4:04 of the second period. The Golden Knights also become the 15th team in NHL history and second in as many years to allow no more than three goals in a four-game series.

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