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This Date in Playoff History for April 11

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April 11, 1936 • Detroit coach Jack Adams steered the Red Wings to their first Stanley Cup championship with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the best-of-five Stanley Cup Final. The Red Wings, who had entered the NHL in 1926-27, became the last of the League’s “Original Six” teams to win the Cup.

April 11, 1965 • Detroit Red Wings center Norm Ullman set NHL individual and team playoff records by scoring two goals just five seconds apart in Game Five of their Semi-final series against Chicago. Ullman scored at 17:35 and 17:40 of the second period in a 4-2 Detroit victory. The goals were scored in almost identical fashion -- snapshots from about 50 feet out, using Chicago defensemen as screens to beat Glenn Hall.   Chicago won the best-of-seven series 4-3.

April 11, 1971 • Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr became the first defenseman to score three goals in a playoff game during a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Since then, nine other defensemen have equalled Orr’s mark.

April 11, 1980 • Montreal’s Yvon Lambert scored at 0:29 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 victory over Hartford and a sweep of the best-of-five Preliminary round series. The game marked the final NHL appearance of two Hall-of-Famers as Hartford’s Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull retired following the Whalers’ elimination from the playoffs.

April 11, 1981 • The Boston Bruins set a new playoff record by scoring three shorthanded goals against the Minnesota North Stars in Game Three of their Preliminary round series. The three shorthanded goals were not enough as Minnesota won the game 6-3 and swept the best-of-five series.  The record has since been equalled by NY Islanders (Apr. 17/83 against NY Rangers) and Toronto Maple Leafs (May 8, 1994 against San Jose).

April 11, 1989 • Philadelphia’s Ron Hextall was the first goaltender to score a goal in the playoffs with an empty-net goal against the Washington Capitals. The Flyers won the game 8-5.

April 11, 2007 • Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo made a record-setting Stanley Cup playoff debut, stopping 72 of an NHL-record 76 shots and helping the Canucks defeat the Dallas Stars 5-4 in four overtimes in the opener of the teams’ Western Conference Quarter-final. Luongo faced the most shots in an NHL game since the League started recording the statistic in 1956. The previous mark of 75 was shared by the New York IslandersKelly Hrudey, against Washington in the 1987 playoffs, and the Toronto Maple LeafsEd Belfour, against Philadelphia in the 2003 postseason. Luongo’s 72 saves matched Belfour's total and came within one of Hrudey's NHL-record 73. The previous top performance among goaltenders making their first playoff start was that of Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 63 saves in a 2-1 triple-overtime victory at Detroit on April 10, 2003. 

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