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This Date in Playoff History: May 1

by Adam Schwartz
1975: Montreal left wing Guy Lafleur scored the first of two career playoff hat tricks in Game 3 of the Canadiens' 7-0 victory of the Sabres in their second-round series, cutting Buffalo's series lead to 2-1.

During the regular season Lafleur cracked the 50-goal barrier for the first time in his career and would score six more goals than any other Montreal player with 12 in their 11-game playoff run.

The Habs won the next game in Montreal, 8-2, but wouldn't win again this playoff season as the Sabres eliminated them in six games.

1987: The Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs, 4-2, in Game 6 of their second-round series. After Toronto had taken a 3-1 stranglehold of the series, the Red Wings were able to come back to tie and win the series in seven games.

In the final three games, all of which Detroit won, Red Wings' goalie Glen Hanlon had two shutouts. This was the first time the Red Wings advanced to the third round of the playoffs since expansion took place and the number of playoff rounds went from two to four. In the next round, however, the Red Wings were beaten in five games by the eventual Cup-champion Edmonton Oilers

1993: Toronto right wing Nikolai Borschevsky scored 2:35 into overtime of Game 7 against Detroit in their first-round series, advancing the Maple Leafs to the second round for the first time since 1987. The goal was one of just four playoff goals that Borschevsky would score in his 31 career playoff games. The Maple Leafs would beat the Blues in seven games in the next round and would continue their trend of taking series' the distance by taking the Kings to the seventh game in the conference final, but Los Angeles won that Game 7 and would proceed to face the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final where they were defeated in five games.

1998: Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe recorded his first of three playoff shutouts with a 4-0 blanking of the Capitals in Game 5 of their first-round series, cutting Washington's series lead to 3-2.

Sergei Samsonov scored the game-winning goal against Olaf Kolzig in the game. In Game 6, however, the Capitals eliminated the Bruins with a 3-2 win on the strength of a double-overtime goal by right wing Brian Bellows, who was playing in the last playoff season of his career.

Former Blues left wing Cory Stillman scored at 9:26 into the second overtime of Game 3 of St. Louis' second-round series with the Stars giving them a 3-2 win and a commanding 3-0 series lead. The Blues would finish off Dallas two nights later in St. Louis with a 4-1 win, but were defeated in five games by the Avalanche.

Edmonton right wing Ales Hemsky scored the game-winning goal and Dwayne Roloson recorded a 4-3 win against the Red Wings in Game 6 their first-round series, eliminating the first-seeded Red Wings from the playoffs, making this just the seventh time the eighth seed ousted the first seed in playoff history.

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