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April 19: Brodeur sets playoff shutout record

Plus: Mikita passes Howe for single-season postseason points mark; Sharks make historic comeback

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Brodeur's SO record

Memories: Brodeur seals record 24th playoff shutout

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

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2012: Martin Brodeur adds another record to his collection by setting the Stanley Cup Playoff mark for career shutouts. Brodeur makes making 26 saves in the New Jersey Devils' 4-0 victory against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. His 24th (and final) postseason shutout breaks a tie with Patrick Roy on the NHL's all-time list.

Brodeur also contributes offensively; he is credited with an assist on a goal by Steve Bernier at 2:02 of the third period.

Afterward, Brodeur downplays the record.

"I've played a lot of games," he said. "In the playoffs, there are a lot of tight games. Sometimes you need shutouts to win some of them. I have been fortunate to play on great teams that sacrificed themselves in order to get shutouts. I am a product of that."

The milestone comes 10 years to the day after Brodeur becomes the second goaltender in NHL history to make 100 consecutive playoff starts for the same team.


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1947: Ted Kennedy, a 21-year-old center, scores the Stanley Cup-winning goal to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Final at Maple Leaf Gardens. Kennedy breaks a 1-1 tie with 5:21 remaining in the third period. It's the first of three consecutive Cup championships for the Maple Leafs, who become the NHL's first modern dynasty.


1962: Two future Hockey Hall of Fame members, defenseman Tim Horton and center Stan Mikita, set Stanley Cup Playoff records in Toronto's 8-4 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Final at Maple Leaf Gardens. Horton, not known for his offense, assists on three of Toronto's goals, giving him 15 points, a record for defensemen in one playoff year. Mikita sets up two second-period goals to break Gordie Howe's single-season record with 21 points. His 15 assists are also a record for one playoff year.


1970: Phil Esposito gets the better of younger brother Tony Esposito in Game 1 of the Semifinals. Phil, the NHL leader in goals during the regular season, scores three goals to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. Phil scores twice in the first period and completes his hat trick with a power-play goal at 14:59 of the second. The Bruins go on to sweep the Blackhawks, then do the same to the St. Louis Blues in the Final. 

Video: Tony and Phil Esposito discuss working together


2004: Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore makes 32 saves for the first playoff shutout of his NHL career and Richard Zednik scores twice in the third period of a 2-0 victory against the Bruins at Fleet Center in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Theodore becomes the fourth goaltender in NHL history to have a Game 7 shutout on the road.

A few hours after the Canadiens advance, the Calgary Flames do the same when Martin Gelinas scores at 1:25 of overtime in a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. It's the fastest Game 7 goal in Stanley Cup history and gives the Flames their first playoff series victory since 1989.


2011: The San Jose Sharks become the first team in 26 years to win a playoff game after trailing by at least four goals. The Los Angeles Kings lead 4-0 in the second period of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series before San Jose rallies to win 6-5 in overtime. Devin Setoguchi caps the comeback when he beats Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot 3:09 into OT. Before San Jose does it, no team has overcome a four-goal deficit in a playoff game since the Minnesota North Stars rally to defeat the Blackhawks 5-4 on April 28, 1985.


2015: John Tavares scores 15 seconds into overtime to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares beats goaltender Braden Holtby from the side of the net to give New York a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. It's the Islanders' first overtime win in the playoffs since David Volek scores in Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1993 Patrick Division Final.

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