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This Date in Playoff History: April 28

by Adam Schwartz
1974: Rangers forward Rod Gilbert scored 4:20 into overtime, giving the Rangers a 2-1 win in Game 4 of their second-round series with the Flyers, tying the series at two games apiece. In the first four games of the series, the road team won, but the Flyers won the next two of three at home and prevailed in seven games. This series was the closest the Flyers came to elimination that playoff season as they went on the defeat the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final in six games in the next round, giving Philadelphia its first Cup in franchise history.

1984: Edmonton center Ken "the Rat" Linseman scored the game-winning goal and Oilers goalie Andy Moog got the 8-5 victory in Game 3 of their third-round series against the Minnesota North Stars. The win gave the Oilers a 3-0 series lead and Edmonton would finish off the North Stars in Game 4 with a 3-1 victory. The Oilers proceeded to lose just one more game that playoff year en route to capturing their first Cup in franchise history and beginning a span which would see Edmonton win five Cups in seven seasons.

1991: Oilers center Craig MacTavish, who was the last player in the NHL to play without a helmet, scored at 16:57 of overtime in Game 6, giving Edmonton a 4-3 win and eliminating the Kings from the playoffs in their second-round series. This game was the fourth game of the series to go into overtime and the third overtime win for the Oilers in the series.  In the next round, the Minnesota North Stars, who barely squeaked into the playoffs with 68 points, upset Edmonton in five games and made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history where they were defeated by the Penguins in six games.

1992: The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 2-1 in Game 6 of their first-round series, eliminating St. Louis. This win was the third in an 11-game winning streak Chicago rode to its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final since 1973. Chicago's winning streak came to an abrupt halt in the final round where they were swept by a Penguins team who won their second straight Cup and featured Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis and Larry Murphy.

1992: Vancouver right wing Pavel Bure scored a hat trick against Winnipeg Jets goalie Rick Tabaracci as the Canucks beat the Jets 8-3 in Game 6 of their first-round series. Bure, a revered goal scorer and offensive threat, was one of six Canucks to finish the playoff season with at least 10 points. After falling into a 3-1 series deficit, the Canucks rallied to win the series in seven games. The series win marked the first time the Canucks had won a series since they made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 1982 when they were swept in four games by the Islanders.

2001: Devils right wing Randy McKay, who played on the Crash Line with Mike Peluso and Bobby Holik during the Devils' first Cup victory in 1995, scored at 5:31 of overtime, giving New Jersey a 6-5 win in Game 2 of their second-round series against the Maple Leafs. The Devils, who beat the Hurricanes in six games in the previous round, would beat the Maple Leafs in seven games in the second round for the second straight season.
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