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This Date in NHL History

May 8: Blackhawks, Canadiens play highest-scoring Cup Final game

Plus: Orr wins Hart Trophy; Krejci completes second playoff hat trick with OT goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1973: The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens combine to put on the biggest offensive show in the history of the Stanley Cup Final, and they do it against two future Hall of Fame goalies.

Two days after Montreal's 4-0 win at Chicago, the teams go on a historic scoring spree at the Forum, with the Blackhawks outlasting the Canadiens 8-7 in Game 5. The 15 goals are the most ever scored in a Final game. Each goalie faces 30 shots; Montreal's Ken Dryden allows eight goals, one more than Chicago's Tony Esposito.

Chicago center Stan Mikita scores two goals and has two assists, and Jim Pappin scores twice during the Blackhawks' three-goal burst late in the second period. Claude Larose is the only Montreal player to score two goals.

A goal by forward Lou Angotti early in the third period gives Chicago an 8-6 lead and turns out to be the game-winner when Montreal's Henri Richard scores midway through the period.



1970: Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins wins the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, becoming the first defenseman to win the award since Babe Pratt in 1944. It's the first of three consecutive MVP awards for Orr, who also wins the Norris Trophy as the League's top defenseman for the third straight season.

Video: Bobby Orr revolutionized defensive position


1975: The Buffalo Sabres advance to the Cup Final for the first time when they defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in Game 6 of the Semifinals at the Forum. A second-period goal by Jim Lorentz proves to be the winner, and Gerry Desjardins makes 29 saves.


1982: Mike Bossy scores at 19:58 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 6-5 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Nassau Coliseum in Game 1 of the Final. Bossy ties the game 5-5 at 15:14 of the third period with his second goal of the game, then completes a hat trick when he intercepts a pass by Canucks defenseman Harold Snepsts and puts a quick shot past goalie Richard Brodeur. The Islanders win the next three games for their third consecutive championship. 


1993: Islanders forward Tom Fitzgerald sets a playoff record by scoring two shorthanded goals (during the same minor penalty) 42 seconds apart in a 6-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Patrick Division Final at Nassau Coliseum. Fitzgerald beats Tom Barrasso with 17 seconds remaining in the second period to give New York a 2-1 lead, then scores again 25 seconds into the third. The victory ties the best-of-7 series at two wins apiece.


1995: Mark Messier of the New York Rangers becomes the third player in NHL history to score 100 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Goal No. 100 comes in the Rangers' 8-3 win against the Quebec Nordiques at the Colisee in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Messier joins former Edmonton Oilers teammates Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri as the only players with 100 playoff goals.


2000: The New Jersey Devils hold the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs to six shots on goal, a modern-day NHL record, in a series-clinching 3-0 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Martin Brodeur stops three shots in the first period, two in the second and one in the third for his eighth NHL playoff shutout. The win moves the Devils into the conference final against the Philadelphia Flyers.


2006: Cam Ward becomes the first rookie goalie in NHL history to win each of his first six playoff starts. Ward makes 21 saves before Niclas Wallin scores at 3:09 of overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory against the visiting Devils in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.


2013: David Krejci completes the second playoff hat trick of his NHL career by scoring 13:06 into overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Krejci becomes the second player in Bruins history to complete a playoff hat trick by scoring in overtime, joining Jean Ratelle, who does it in Game 4 of the 1979 Semifinals against the Canadiens.


2014: Matt Fraser scores 1:19 into overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 victory against the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round. Fraser beats Carey Price to become the sixth player in the past 75 years to score his first playoff goal in a 1-0 overtime game, as well as the first to do so for Boston in more than 70 years.


2019: Joe Pavelski returns from a concussion that keeps him out of the six games and has a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at SAP Center in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round. San Jose's captain scores 5:57 into the game to put his team ahead to stay, and a second-period goal by Joonas Donskoi proves to be the game-winner. The Sharks advance to the conference final for the fifth time since entering the NHL in 1991.

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