THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 27
1994: Dominik Hasek wins arguably the best goaltending duel in the modern era of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Hasek outduels Martin Brodeur by making 70 saves before Dave Hannan scores 5:43 into the fourth overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 1-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Memorial Auditorium.
Hasek makes 31 saves through regulation, one more than Brodeur. But the Devils outshoot the Sabres 35-20 through three overtimes and take the first four shots in the fourth extra period. However, Hannan takes a pass from Jason Dawe and lifts a backhand shot through traffic that goes past Brodeur's glove. It sends the series to a seventh game in New Jersey that's almost as good; the Devils win 2-1 to advance.
Video: Memories: Hasek turns away 70 shots by the Devils
1971: Jean Beliveau sets the playoff record for career assists during the Montreal Canadiens' 6-1 victory against the Minnesota North Stars at the Forum in Game 5 of the Semifinals. Beliveau's assists on three of Montreal's five third-period goals give him 92, one more than the mark held by Gordie Howe. He surpasses Howe's record four years to the day after scoring twice in Game 4 of the Final, a 6-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs, to break the Canadiens record for playoff points held by another NHL icon, Maurice Richard.
1992: Scotty Bowman becomes the NHL's all-time leader in playoff games coached when he's behind the bench for the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-2 victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Semifinals. It's his 191st playoff game, breaking the mark he shares with Dick Irvin. Bowman finishes his NHL career with 353 playoff games coached; Joel Quenneville and Al Arbour are the only other coaches with more than 200.
1998: The St. Louis Blues set a playoff record by scoring four power-play goals in a span of 3:07 in the third period. The Los Angeles Kings lead 3-0 in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series, but after Sean O'Donnell is given a five-minute major penalty at 8:34, the Blues get goals by Pascal Rheaume, Brett Hull, Pierre Turgeon and Terry Yake and win 4-3. Defenseman Chris Pronger assists on three goals in a span of 2:00.
2002: Ron Francis scores a power-play goal and goalie Kevin Weekes makes it stand up for the first playoff shutout in Carolina Hurricanes history, a 1-0 win against the Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Weekes makes 16 of his 32 saves in the third period to help Carolina eliminate New Jersey from the playoffs.
Video: Ron Francis has second-most assists in NHL history
2011: At age 43, Mark Recchi becomes the oldest player to score a goal in a Game 7. Recchi scores 5:33 into the Boston Bruins' deciding game against Montreal in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden. Recchi's goal gives Boston a 2-0 lead; the Bruins win 4-3 in overtime.
2012: Ray Whitney of the Phoenix Coyotes becomes the second-oldest player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 39-year-old scores at 14:04 of OT to give the Coyotes a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Jobing.com Arena. It's the second playoff OT goal of his career and comes near 17 years after he scores in OT for the San Jose Sharks against the Calgary Flames on May 19, 1995. That's the longest gap between playoff overtime goals in NHL history
2016: The Anaheim Ducks lose their fourth Game 7 at home in as many years when the Nashville Predators win 2-1 at Honda Center in the deciding game of the Western Conference First Round. Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad score, and Pekka Rinne makes 36 saves for Nashville, which is playing its first Game 7 since entering the NHL in 1998.
Video: NSH@ANA, Gm7: Predators advance to second round
2019: Matt Duchene scores a power-play goal at 3:42 of the second overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. It's the seventh consecutive day in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs that at least one game goes into overtime, the second-longest streak in postseason history behind a nine-day run from April 19-27, 2011. It's also the 13th consecutive day with at least one game decided by a one-goal margin, the longest such streak since a 13-day stretch from April 16-28, 2014.