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April 2: Coffey sets single-season record for goals by defenseman

Hill scores third OT winner in same series; Gretzky first teenager to score 50

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Coffey passes Orr

Memories: Coffey passes Orr's NHL record for goals

On April 2, 1986, Paul Coffey surpassed Bobby Orr's NHL record for goals in a season by a defenseman scoring his 47th goal

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1986: Paul Coffey ties and then breaks Bobby Orr's NHL single-season record for goals by a defenseman by scoring twice in the Edmonton Oilers 8-4 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Northlands Coliseum.

Coffey ties Orr's mark of 46 goals, set in 1974-75, by scoring an unassisted goal late in the first period, then gets No. 47 by beating Wendell Young 2:44 into the second period. He scores a power-play goal against the Calgary Flames two days later and finishes the season with 48 goals, still an NHL record.



1927: Lorne Chabot of the New York Rangers becomes the first rookie goalie in NHL history to earn a shutout in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut. Neither Chabot nor Boston's Hal Winkler allow a goal in an 0-0 tie in Game 1 of the Semifinals.


1939: Mel Hill, a 25-year-old forward in his first full NHL season, earns the nickname "Sudden Death" by scoring his third overtime goal of the Bruins' Stanley Cup Semifinal series against the New York Rangers to win Game 7. Ray Getliffe of the Bruins and the Rangers' Muzz Patrick score less than two minutes apart late in the second period at Boston Garden, but goaltenders Frank Brimsek of the Bruins and Bert Gardiner of the Rangers keep the game tied 1-1 through the rest of regulation time and two overtime periods. Hill. whose overtime goals win Games 1 and 2 for the Bruins, strikes again at 8:00 of the third overtime. He takes a pass from Bill Cowley in front of the Rangers' net, holds the puck for a second and flips it past Gardiner on the short side for a 2-1 victory to win the series. Eighty years later, Hill is still the only player in NHL history to score three overtime goals in one playoff series.


1969: Ted Irvine of the Los Angeles Kings scores 19 seconds into overtime, setting a playoff record for fastest OT goal. The Kings defeat the Oakland Seals 5-4 for their first postseason overtime victory.


1972: Bobby Hull scores his 604th and final goal as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in a season-ending 6-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium. It is the 50th goal of the season for the "Golden Jet," making him the first NHL player to reach the 50-goal mark five times.

Video: Bobby Hull used slap shot to win three scoring titles

On the same day, Vic Hadfield becomes the first player in Rangers history to score 50 goals in a season. Hadfield, playing with a broken thumb, reaches the mark when he beats Denis DeJordy of the Montreal Canadiens for his second goal of the game at 14:46 of the third period at Madison Square Garden. Hadfield gets an ovation from the packed house at the Garden, but the Canadiens win the game 6-5.


1977: The Canadiens break their own single-season record for victories when they defeat the Washington Capitals 11-0 at the Forum. It's their 59th win, one more than the mark they set in 1975-76. Guy Lafleur and Bob Gainey each score a goal and have three assists to help Montreal extend its NHL-record home-ice undefeated streak to 34 games (28 wins, six ties). They defeat the Capitals 2-1 in Landover, Maryland, the next night and finish 60-8-12 for 132 points, still an NHL record.


1980: Edmonton Oilers rookie Wayne Gretzky becomes the first teenager to score 50 goals in an NHL season. Gretzky, 19, scores Edmonton's only goal in a 1-1 tie with the Minnesota North Stars at Northlands Coliseum.

Exactly five years later, Gretzky scores three goals for his NHL-record 34th hat trick in the Oilers' 6-4 win against the Los Angeles Kings in Inglewood, California. He surpasses the previous mark set two months earlier by Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points


1989: Joe Mullen of the Calgary Flames sets an NHL single-season record for points by a U.S.-born player, Mullen scores a goal and has two assists in a 4-2 win against the visiting Oilers, giving him 110 for the season. That's three more than Jimmy Carson has with the Detroit Red Wings in 1987-88.

On the same night, Mario Lemieux scores his 84th and 85th goals of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-5 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum. His second goal comes at 3:38 of OT and is the 300th of his five-year NHL career.


1994: The San Jose Sharks defeat the Canucks 7-4, giving them a record of 31-33-15 and 77 points, a 53-point improvement from the previous season. It's the biggest turnaround by any team in NHL history. They finish 33-35-16 and earn a playoff berth with 82 points after finishing with 24 in 1992-93.


2004: The Toronto Maple Leafs set a franchise record by earning their 101st point of the season with a 2-0 road win against the Buffalo Sabres. Ed Belfour gets the 74th shutout of his career.


2016: Lindy Ruff becomes the fifth coach in NHL history to win 700 games when the Dallas Stars defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Staples Center. He joins Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, Al Arbour and Ken Hitchcock as coaches with 700 NHL wins. "It means I've been around a long time," says Ruff, who's in his third season with the Stars after coaching the Buffalo Sabres for 15 seasons.


2018: Henrik Sedin and twin brother Daniel Sedin announce that they will retire at the end of the season. The 37-year-olds, taken No. 2 and No. 3 by the Canucks in the 1999 NHL Draft, disclose their decision via a letter on the team website. The Sedins play 17 seasons with the Canucks, leading Vancouver to the playoffs 11 times and to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2011. Henrik finishes his career as the Canucks' all-time leading scorer with 1,070 points, followed by Daniel with 1,041.

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