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This Date in NHL History

April 20: Raleigh scores back-to-back OT goals in Final

Plus: Beliveau has only playoff hat trick; Gretzky gets 300th postseason point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1950: Don Raleigh becomes the first player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score an overtime goal 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.

"There's nothing more special than scoring an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Finals. To score two of them in a row is almost beyond words. It's something that I'll never forget," Raleigh remembers more than a half-century later in the 2006 book "Game of My Life: The New York Rangers."

Raleigh's feat is unmatched until John LeClair of the Montreal Canadiens scores in overtime in consecutive games in the 1993 Final.



1958: The Canadiens equal an NHL record by winning the Stanley Cup for the third year in a row. Bernie Geoffrion scores twice and has an assist to help Montreal defeat the Boston Bruins 5-3 in Game 6 of the Final. Montreal matches the three consecutive Stanley Cup championships won by the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1946-47 through 1948-49.


1968: Jean Beliveau scores three goals in a Stanley Cup Playoff game for the first time in his career in the Canadiens' 4-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Semifinals at the Forum. Beliveau ties the game midway through the first period, then scores two of Montreal's three power-play goals in the second against Denis DeJordy. It is the only playoff hat trick of Beliveau's career and it comes three years to the day after he earns his 100th playoff point in Montreal's 2-0 win against Chicago.

Video: Jean Beliveau's name is on Stanley Cup 17 times


1969: Bobby Orr scores his first playoff goal. He beats Rogie Vachon late in the third period to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead, and they hang for a series-tying 3-2 victory against the Canadiens at Boston Garden. The goal comes in his 12th career playoff game. Orr retires with 26 goals (and 92 points) in 74 NHL postseason games.


1975: Glenn Resch makes 27 saves and the New York Islanders begin a historic comeback by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 4 of the Quarterfinals at Nassau Coliseum. The victory keeps the Islanders live after they lose the first three games; they go on to win the next three to become the second team in playoff history to win a best-of-7 series after losing the first three games.


1992: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first player with 300 playoff points when he's credited with four assists for the Los Angeles Kings in an 8-5 victory against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, in Game 2 of the Smythe Division Semifinals at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Gretzky finishes his NHL career with 382 points in the playoffs; 87 more than runner-up Mark Messier.


1993: The Penguins set a record with their 13th consecutive playoff victory when they defeat the New Jersey Devils 7-0 at the Civic Arena in Game 2 of the Patrick Division Semifinals. Shawn McEachern scores twice, Ron Francis has four assists and Tom Barrasso makes 36 saves for his third career playoff shutout.

Video: Memories: Pens notch record 13th-straight playoff win


1997: Craig MacTavish of the St. Louis Blues, the last player to appear in an NHL game without a helmet, plays his final game in a 3-1 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Helmets are made mandatory in 1979-80, but a grandfather clause is included to permit players who don't wear them before the rule is enacted to remain helmetless.


2016: Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers gets his 200th playoff point with a second-period assist in a series-tying 2-1 win against the Islanders in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Barclays Center. Jagr sets up Jonathan Huberdeau for a second-period power-play goal. Jagr is the fifth player in NHL history with 200 points in the playoffs.

 Video: FLA@NYI, Gm4: Jagr finds Purcell to open the scoring


2017: The Nashville Predators complete the first series sweep in their history by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at Bridgestone Arena in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round. Roman Josi scores two goals and Predators goalie Pekka Rinne makes 30 saves, giving him 123 on 126 shots in the four-game sweep.


2018: The Winnipeg Jets win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history by defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-0 at Bell MTS Place in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round. Five players score for the Jets, and goalie Connor Hellebuyck makes 30 saves for his second straight shutout. The Jets/Atlanta Thrashers have not won a playoff series since entering the NHL in 1999; the Thrashers appear in the playoffs once from the time they enter the NHL in 1999 to the time they move to Winnipeg in 2011. It's the first playoff series win by a Winnipeg team since 1987, when the original Jets (now the Arizona Coyotes) defeat the Calgary Flames in the Smythe Division Semifinals.

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