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April 3: Sittler first Maple Leafs player with 100 points

Plus: Toronto wins marathon playoff shutout; Hull sets single-season scoring mark

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 3

1976: Darryl Sittler becomes the first player in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs to have 100 points in a season when he is credited with an assist in the second period of a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Sittler scores his 41st goal of the season in the first period, then reaches 100 points in Toronto's 79th game of the season when he assists on a power-play goal by Errol Thompson. The Maple Leafs are the last of the Original Six teams to have a player score 100 points in a season.

The milestone comes just short of two months after Sittler sets an NHL single-game record with 10 points (six goals, four assists) against the Bruins on Feb. 7, 1976.

 

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1930: The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Bruins 4-3 at the Forum to win the best-of-3 Stanley Cup Final 2-0. The losses are the first in consecutive games that season for the Bruins, who finish first in the NHL during the regular season at 38-5 with one tie in a 44-game schedule. A goal by Howie Morenz at 15:43 of the second period gives Montreal a 4-1 lead and proves to be the Cup-winner when Boston scores twice in the third period.

 

1933: Ken Doraty scores at 104:46 of overtime, Lorne Chabot gets his fourth playoff shutout and Toronto eliminates Boston with a 1-0 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Maple Leaf Gardens. It is the longest game in playoff history to that time; the record lasts three years before being eclipsed on March 24-25, 1936, by the Red Wings' six-overtime 1-0 victory against the Montreal Maroons.

 

1966: In the final game of the 1965-66 season, Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks has an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Bruins at Boston Garden to give him an NHL-record 97 points. Hull breaks Dickie Moore's mark of 96 points, set in 1958-59.

On the same night, the Toronto Maple Leafs become the first team to use three goalies in a game. Johnny Bower plays the first period, Terry Sawchuk the second and Bruce Gamble the third in a 3-3 tie against the Detroit Red Wings. Bower also takes Punch Imlach's place as coach in the third period.

 

1971: Boston defenseman Bobby Orr sets up three goals in an 8-3 win against Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens to become the first player in NHL history to have 100 assists in one season.

Video: Bobby Orr revolutionized defensive position

 

1977: Montreal's Steve Shutt sets an NHL single-season record for most goals by a left wing when he scores his 60th goal in a 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals in Landover, Maryland. Linemate Guy Lafleur scores Montreal's first goal to set a Canadiens' record for most points in a single season (136). Montreal sets an NHL record with its 60th victory, and the Canadiens' 132 points are still a League record.

 

1980: Philadelphia Flyers forward Reggie Leach completes his eighth NHL hat trick by becoming the first player in League history to score his 50th goal of the season into an empty net. It wraps up a 4-2 win against Washington at the Spectrum.

 

1988: Hakan Loob becomes the first player born in Sweden to score 50 goals in an NHL season. Loob passes the previous high of 49 set by former teammate Kent Nilsson with the Calgary Flames in 1980-81 when he scores a power-play goal late in the third period of the Flames' 4-1 victory against the Minnesota North Stars at the Saddledome.

On the same night, the New Jersey Devils qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since moving from Colorado in 1982. John MacLean scores at 2:21 of overtime in the final game of the regular season to give New Jersey a 4-3 road win against the Chicago Blackhawks and puts the Devils into fourth place in the Patrick Division, edging out the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Also, Mario Lemieux becomes the fourth player in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season. Lemieux gets No. 70 in a 4-2 win by the Penguins against the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Arena.

 

1997: Lemieux scores the 611th goal of his NHL career in the Penguins' 5-5 tie against the visiting Whalers. He moves into sixth place on the all-time NHL list, passing Bobby Hull.

 

2000: Brett Hull scores his 610th NHL goal to tie his father, Bobby Hull, for ninth place on the all-time list. The milestone comes in the Dallas Stars' 2-2 tie with the visiting Flames.

 

2001: Ron Tugnutt ties the modern NHL record for victories by a goalie with an expansion team. Tugnutt gets his 21st win with the Columbus Blue Jackets by making 35 saves in a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena.

 

2018: Patrik Laine scores his 44th and final goal of the 2017-18 season in the Winnipeg Jets' 5-4 victory against the Canadiens at Bell Centre. Laine becomes the third player in NHL history to score at least 80 goals as a teenager, joining Jimmy Carson (92) and Dale Hawerchuk (85).

 

2019: Patrick Kane sets an NHL single-season high in points with a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-3 shootout win against the St. Louis Blues at United Center. He finishes the night with 107 points, one more than his League-leading 106 in 2015-16. Longtime teammate Jonathan Toews sets a single-season best of his own by scoring his 35th goal.

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