THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 25
1989: Mario Lemieux puts on arguably the greatest offensive performance in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Lemieux ties playoff records by scoring five goals and finishing with eight points, powering the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 10-7 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Final at the Civic Center.
Lemieux scores three goals in the first 6:55, setting a playoff record for the fastest three goals from the start of a game. He scores his fourth of the game at 17:09 of the first period, tying the mark for the most goals in a period, and matches the record for goals in a playoff game with five when he scores an into empty net with 37 seconds remaining. Lemieux also has three second-period assists; his eight points tie the single-game playoff record set by Patrik Sundstrom of the New Jersey Devils one year earlier. His five goals match the mark set by Maurice Richard and equaled by Darryl Sittler and Reggie Leach.
"I've had a lot of great games," he says, "but under a lot of pressure like that, a key game for the team, I think that was one of the best."
1964: Johnny Bower becomes the first goaltender in playoff history to have a shutout in Game 7 of the Final by making 33 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens. Andy Bathgate, acquired from the New York Rangers two months earlier, scores the Cup-winning goal 3:04 into the game, and Toronto ices it when Dave Keon, Red Kelly and George Armstrong score in the third period. The Stanley Cup is the third in a row for the Maple Leafs.
Video: Johnny Bower led Leafs to four Stanley Cup titles
1972: Bobby Orr has three assists in the Boston Bruins' 5-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues at St. Louis Arena in Game 4 of the Semifinals, completing a four-game sweep. Orr finishes the first two rounds of the playoffs with 15 assists, the most ever by a defenseman in one playoff year. He breaks the mark set by Pat Stapleton of the Chicago Blackhawks and J.C. Tremblay of the Montreal Canadiens one year earlier.
Video: Bobby Orr revolutionized defensive position
1985: Wayne Gretzky has the second seven-point playoff game of his career. Gretzky scores three goals and sets up four more to power the visiting Edmonton Oilers to an 8-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 to complete a sweep of the Smythe Division Final. He scores two goals in the first period, then completes his hat trick with a shorthanded goal into an empty net midway through the third. Three of his four assists come on goals by Jari Kurri. Gretzky matches the single-game record he set two years earlier.
1996: Mike Gartner completes the first playoff hat trick of his NHL career when he scores 7:31 into overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 5-4 victory against the Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Maple Leaf Gardens. Gartner scores once each in the first and second periods, then gives Toronto the victory by scoring a power-play goal against Jon Casey.
Video: Mike Gartner had 17 seasons with 30-plus goals
2008: The Penguins rally from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Rangers 5-4 at Mellon Arena in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Rangers enter the game with a 93-1 record when leading by three or more goals in a playoff game, having lost only to the Canadiens on April 6, 1967. The Penguins win for only the second time in 48 playoff games in which they trail by three or more goals.
But exactly one year later, they do the same thing against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, allowing the first three goals of the game before rallying to win 5-3.
2012: Joel Ward scores at 2:57 of overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win against the Bruins at TD Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Washington coach Dale Hunter becomes the first person in NHL history to score a Game 7 overtime goal and coach a team to a Game 7 overtime victory. Washington and Boston become the first teams to play a seven-game series in which every game is decided by one goal.
Video: 2012 Round 1, Game 7: Ward OT goal knocks out Bruins
2015: Goaltender Corey Crawford is perfect in a relief role and gives the Chicago Blackhawks the chance to rally for a series-clinching 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at United Center. Crawford relieved Scott Darling after the Predators took a 3-1 lead in the first period and made 13 saves, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored to get the Blackhawks even before defenseman Duncan Keith got the game-winner with 3:48 remaining in the third period.
2016: The Blackhawks' hopes of repeating as Stanley Cup champions are ended by one of their former players. Troy Brouwer's third-period goal gives the Blues a 3-2 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round at Scottrade Center. Brouwer, a member of Chicago's 2010 Cup-winning team, scores his first playoff goal in 24 games, since May 8, 2013. The Blues advance past the first round for the first time since 2012.
Video: CHI@STL, Gm7: Blues defeat Blackhawks to advance
2018: The Bruins become the first team in NHL history to trail three times before winning a Game 7. Boston enters the third period at TD Garden trailing Toronto 4-3 but scores four unanswered goals for a 7-4 win that puts the Bruins into the second round for the first time since 2014. The 11 combined goals in the deciding game of the Eastern Conference First Round are tied for the third-most ever in a Game 7, and the Bruins tie the Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings for the most Game 7 wins in NHL history with their 14th.