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This Date in Playoff History: May 4

by Adam Schwartz
1980: Flyers left wing Bill Barber scored his first of two playoff hat tricks against Minnesota North Stars goalie Gilles Meloche giving the Flyers a 5-3 win and a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of their third-round series. The Flyers would advance by beating the North Stars in five games, but were defeated by a powerhouse Islanders team in the Stanley Cup Final.

1985: The Oilers set a franchise playoff record at the time by scoring 11 goals in an 11-2 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 1 of their third-round series. Edmonton defenseman Paul Coffey would score the game-winning goal and Grant Fuhr would get the win for the Oilers as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in a series in which they would win in six games. Edmonton proceeded to win their second of five Cups in the next round by beating the Flyers in five games.

1986: The Flames score eight goals in a playoff game for the first time in franchise history when they beat the Blues, 8-2. in their third-round series. The win gave Calgary a split of their first two games at home and the Flames would proceed to win the series in seven games. Calgary center Doug Risebrough also scored a hat trick in this game against St. Louis goalie Rick Wamsley. This edition of the Flames boasted Lanny McDonald and a pair of offensive defensemen in Gary Suter and Al MacInnis. This season marked the first time that Calgary would make it to the Stanley Cup Final where they were defeated in five games by the Canadiens, who featured rookie Patrick Roy in goal.

1994: Vancouver goalie Kirk McLean records his second shutout of the playoffs and the fourth of six in his career when the Canucks blanked the Stars, 3-0, in Game 2 of their second-round series giving Vancouver a 2-0 series lead. McLean still holds Vancouver's franchise record with 34 playoff wins and six playoff shutouts. The Canucks would lose the next game against the Stars, 4-3, but would not lose again in the series defeating Dallas in five games and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1983 where they were defeated by the Rangers in seven games.

1997: Former Red Wings forward Slava Kozlov scored at 1:31 of the third overtime giving Detroit a 2-0 series lead against Anaheim in their second-round series. Even though Detroit swept the series in four games, three of them went to overtime. The Red Wings would eventually go on to win their first Cup since 1955 and their first of back-to-back Cups later that season by eliminating the Avalanche in six games and sweeping the Flyers in four games.

1999: St. Louis center Pierre Turgeon scored 17:59 into overtime beating Coyotes goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to give the Blues a 1-0 win in Game 7, advancing them to the second round. This game was also St. Louis goalie Grant Fuhr's sixth and final playoff shutout of his career. Turgeon led the team with nine assists and 13 points in 13 playoff games for St. Louis that season, but the Blues would lose in six games in the next round to the Stars, in a series which featured four overtime games. This season was also Fuhr's last season in the NHL, which was a career that featured five Cups with the Oilers.

2002: Former Toronto forward Gary Roberts scored at 4:30 of the third overtime period giving the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win Game 2 of their second-round series with the Senators, tying the series at one game apiece. The Maple Leafs would win the series in seven games. Roberts led the Maple Leafs in playoff scoring with 19 points in 19 games as Toronto was eliminated in the next round by an underdog Hurricanes team, which was defeated by the Red Wings in five games in the Stanley Cup Final.

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