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This Date in Stanley Cup Playoffs History

by Adam Schwartz
1948: The Maple Leafs complete a sweep of the Red Wings to capture their third-straight Cup with a 7-2 victory. Toronto was backstopped by the legendary Turk Broda, who holds the franchise record with 13 playoff shutouts and has 25 more playoff wins than any other goalie in franchise history with 60.

1955: The Red Wings won their fourth Cup in six seasons by defeating the Canadiens 3-1 in Game 7. During that span the Wings beat the Habs in three Finals and lost to Montreal once. Detroit's Ted Lindsay scored 4 goals in Game 2 and Gordie Howe had a hat trick in Game 5 and the home team won every game in the series.  

1981: Mike Crombeen of the St. Louis Blues, whose son B.J. is a rookie for the Blues this season, scored 25:16 into overtime giving the Blues a 3-2 win in Game 5 of their best-of-five, first-round series against the Penguins. Crombeen, who was not one of St. Louis' go-to offensive players like Bernie Federko or Brian Sutter, scored just two other goals in that playoff season. The Blues, who have never won the Cup, but have been to the Stanley Cup Final three times, lost in the second round in six games to the Rangers. 

1985: The Bruins came back from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Canadiens, 7-6, to extend the best-of-five series to a fifth game. Montreal would win Game 5,  1-0. Boston forward Ken Linesman had 4 goals and 10 points in the series and Mats Naslund led the Canadiens with 7 goals that playoff season.

1991: Theo Fleury scored at 4:40 of the first overtime pushing the first Calgary-Edmonton playoff series since Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Kings to a seventh game, which the Oilers would win. The season before, the Oilers had won their fourth Cup in six seasons and their only Cup after Gretzky left. Many would argue that Calgary would've been more successful in the late 80's and early 90's, but the Oilers were an NHL powerhouse at the time.

2004: Marek Svatos scored 25:18 into overtime as the Avalanche beat the Stars 3-2 in Game 4 of their first-round series, which Colorado proceeded to win in five games. Colorado lost to the Sharks in the next round and hasn't been past the first round of the playoffs since.

2008: Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard ended Game 3 of the Wild-Avalanche's first-round playoff match up when he scored at 11:58 of overtime. The game was the third consecutive in the series to get past regulation with the Minnesota and Colorado winning a game apiece. Even though Bouchard gave the Wild a 2-1 series edge with his goal, the Avalanche came back to win the series in six games.
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