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This Date in Playoff History: April 27

by Adam Schwartz
1982: The Islanders beat the Quebec Nordiques, 4-1, in Game 1 of their third-round series. The win was the second of nine straight for the Islanders, who went on to capture their third of four-straight Cups.

Capitals right wing John Druce scored 6:48 into overtime in Game 5 giving the Capitals a 2-1 win, eliminating the Rangers in five games in their second-round series. This was the first time Washington advanced to the Wales Conference Final in franchise history where they were swept by the Bruins in four games.

Los Angeles romps, 9-4, in Game 5 of its first-round series against the Flames, giving the Kings a 3-2 series lead. The Kings won the series two nights later with a 9-6 win in Los Angeles. The Kings won the next two rounds against the Canucks and the Maple Leafs and made their first and only Stanley Cup Final appearance to date when they lost to a Canadiens team which won a League-record 10 overtime games, including three in the Final.

Teemu Selanne, who set the rookie record for goals in a season with 76 in 1993, scored at 6:18 into overtime giving the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win in Game 5 of their first-round series with the Canucks, trimming Vancouver's series lead to 3-2. The Jets weren't able to stave off elimination in the next game, however, when Vancouver left wing Greg Adams scored 4:30 into overtime.

1994: Buffalo center Dave Hannan scored at 5:43 of the fourth overtime period giving the Sabres a 1-0 victory in Game 6 of their first-round series with the Devils, tying the series at three games. Two nights later, Claude Lemieux would score the game-winning goal against Dominik Hasek to give the Devils a 2-1 win eliminating the Sabres in seven games.

1999: The Coyotes beat the Blues, 2-1, in Game 4 of their first-round series giving Phoenix a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 series lead, but the Blues came back and won the next three games, including two in overtime. In the next round, the Blues would lose in six games to the eventual Cup-champion Stars, in a series which included four overtime games.

2000: Pittsburgh goalie Ron Tugnutt recorded his third and final career playoff shutout when he blanked the Flyers, 2-0, in Game 1 of their second-round series. The Penguins won the first two games of the series, but wouldn't win another game that season as the Flyers eliminated them in six games. Philadelphia would win three of the first four games in the Eastern Conference Final against the Devils, but would suffer a memorable collapse when New Jersey won the next three games eliminating Philadelphia in seven games.

2002: Red Wings right wing Brett Hull scored a hat trick against Vancouver goalie Peter Skudra giving Detroit a 6-4 win in Game 6 of their first-round series with the Canucks. After Vancouver won the first two games of the series, Detroit won the next four eliminating the Canucks from the playoffs. The Red Wings would go on to win their third Cup in six seasons by defeating the underdog Hurricanes, who featured Arturs Irbe in net, in five games.

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