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This Date in NHL History

March 30: Toronto becomes first NHL team to win Stanley Cup

Plus: Maurice Richard gets 100th playoff point; League adds four teams from World Hockey Association

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1918: The Toronto Arenas defeat the Vancouver Millionaires 2-1 in the final game of their best-of-5 series to become the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.

The Arenas, who later would be renamed the Toronto St. Patricks and then the Maple Leafs, win the inaugural NHL championship and earn the right to play the Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in a Stanley Cup challenge.

The different rules used by the leagues present a problem: The NHL uses six players on the ice while the PCHA employs a rover as a seventh player. An agreement is reached: PCHA rules will be used in even-numbered games, NHL rules employed in the odd-numbered games.

The Millionaires win Games 2 and 4 playing seven a side. Toronto sweeps Games 1, 3 and 5 with one fewer player on the ice.

Alf Skinner scores eight goals in five games for Toronto. Vancouver's Cyclone Taylor scores nine goals.



1916: The Montreal Canadiens, a member of the pre-NHL National Hockey Association, win the first of their 24 Stanley Cup championships, defeating the Portland Rosebuds of the PCHA 2-1 in the fifth and deciding game of the Final. Each Montreal player receives $238 for the victory.


1944: The Canadiens set a playoff record for goals in one period when they score seven in the third period of Game 5 in their Stanley Cup Semifinal series. Five of the seven come in a span of 3:36. Maurice Richard and Ray Getliffe lead the way with five points apiece as Montreal wins 11-0 to clinch the series.

On the same night, Chicago Blackhawks center Doug Bentley has a hat trick for the second consecutive game, keying a 5-2 series-clinching victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Olympia Stadium in Game 5 of the other Semifinal series.


1957: Richard has a goal and an assist to become the first NHL player with 100 career points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Richard's milestone comes in an 8-3 victory against the New York Rangers at the Forum in Game 3 of the Semifinals.


1969: Pat Stapleton of the Chicago Blackhawks ties an NHL single-game record for defensemen with six assists in a 9-5 win against the Detroit Red Wings. Stapleton also becomes the first defenseman in League history to be credited with 50 assists in one season. Detroit's Gordie Howe has two goals and two assists; he finishes the season with 60 assists and 103 points, setting NHL records for right wings in each category. It's Howe's only 100-point season in the NHL.


1974: Bernie Parent sets an NHL single-season record for most wins in a season. He gets his 45th victory when the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Bruins 5-3 at the Spectrum. Parent surpasses the mark of 44 set by Terry Sawchuk with the Red Wings in 1950-51 and matched in 1951-52.


1975: The Flyers become the first NHL team to win 13 games in one month with a 4-1 victory against the Blackhawks at the Spectrum. Rick MacLeish has a goal and two assists for the Flyers.

On the same night, Steve Vickers scores four goals and Rod Gilbert has five assists for the New York Rangers in an 8-2 victory against the Kansas City Scouts at Madison Square Garden. All of the points except one assist (by Gilles Marotte) are credited to forwards. New York outshoots Kansas City 59-18.


1976: Center Jean Ratelle reaches the 100-point mark when he scores a goal and has two assists for the Boston Bruins in a 4-4 tie against the Buffalo Sabres at Boston Garden. Ratelle, acquired from the Rangers on Nov. 7, 1975, becomes the first NHL player to have 100 points while playing for two teams in the same season.


1979: The NHL announces that it will expand from 17 to 21 teams with the addition of four clubs from the World Hockey Association. The Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques will begin play in October 1979. The Oilers become the most successful of the four teams, winning the Stanley Cup five times from 1984-90. They are also the only one of the four teams that has not relocated.

Video: Memories: NHL adds WHA clubs, expands to 21 teams


1989: Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins sets a single-season NHL record with his 13th shorthanded goal, breaking the mark set by Wayne Gretzky in 1983-84. It's one of four goals scored by Lemieux in a 9-5 loss to the visiting Hartford Whalers.


1991: Guy Lafleur scores his final NHL goal, the 560th of his career, in the Quebec Nordiques' 4-3 loss to the Canadiens at the Forum. Of Lafleur's 560 goals, 518 come as a member of the Canadiens before he retires in 1984, only to return to the NHL four years later.


1993: Winnipeg Jets rookie Teemu Selanne becomes the first NHL player to score 20 goals in one month. Selanne scores a goal and has two assists in a 5-4 road victory against the Calgary Flames.


2004: Pat Burns became the ninth NHL coach to win 500 games and Martin Brodeur becomes the eighth goaltender in NHL history to have 75 shutouts when the New Jersey Devils defeat the Rangers 5-0 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


2013: The Penguins become the first team in NHL history to win every game during a full calendar month. They finish March with a 15-0-0 record after defeating the New York Islanders 2-0 at Consol Energy Center. Tomas Vokoun makes 35 saves for the shutout.

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