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This date in Stanley Cup Playoffs history

by Adam Schwartz
April 15

The Maple Leafs were shut out, 3-0, by Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall of the Blackhawks, who were the defending Stanley Cup champions at the time. With the win, Chicago cut Toronto's 2-0 series lead in half and tied the series two nights later. Toronto, which featured a good mix of young players like 23-year-old Frank Mahovlich and a 21-year-old Dave Keon, plus veterans like Red Kelley and Tim Horton, proved to be too much and won the series in six games capturing their first of three-straight Cups. 

Flyers goalie Bernie Parent records his third career playoff shutout in Philadelphia's 3-0 victory against the Maple Leafs. The Flyers, who were the defending Cup champions at the time, swept Toronto and won their second Cup in two seasons in 1975 by defeating the Islanders in seven games and Sabres in six games, but those are the only two Cup victories that the franchise has.

1986: The Blues win Game 5 of a best-of-five series, 6-3, against the Minnesota North Stars on the road, which was just the third time in franchise history they won in an elimination game on the road to that point in time. St. Louis continued its close-series success the next round, winning in seven games against the Maple Leafs, but the Blues were defeated in seven games against Calgary. 

Calgary center Joel Otto scored with just 39 seconds left in the first overtime period giving the Flames a 4-3, Game 7 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. This was the third playoff round out of Vancouver's last four in which the Canucks faced the Flames. Vancouver lost all three of them.

1989: Kings forward Bernie Nicholls might have scored the game-winning goal of Game 7 against the Oilers in the first-round, but this series was all about Wayne Gretzky. The summer before, Gretzky had been traded from the Oilers to the Kings in an historic deal. In 1988, Los Angeles finished with 68 points, but after acquiring Gretzky the Kings finished second in the Smythe Division with 91 points. Even though the Kings took care of Edmonton in the first round, they were efficiently swept by the Flames in the following round.

2000: Jaromir Jagr of the Penguins scored at 5:49 of the first overtime to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead on Washington, where Jagr would play from 2001 to 2004. With Mario Lemieux still out with Hodgkin's disease, Jagr was the go-to guy for the Penguins that season and lost in the second round to the Flyers. The next season Lemieux made a miraculous comeback and was his old self and the pair led Pittsburgh to the Eastern Conference Final where they lost to the Devils in five games.

2001: Alexander Mogilny of the Devils, who had been a key to the Devils' Stanley Cup win in 2000, scores the game-winning goal in Game 2 of New Jersey's first round series against Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe, who would lead the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final the following season. New Jersey won 2-0 and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur got his ninth career playoff shutout. Brodeur currently is just one shutout away from tying Patrick Roy's NHL record of 23 career playoff shutouts. The Devils won the series in six games and went to the Stanley Cup Final for the second-straight season, but were defeated by the Avalanche in seven games.

Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals as the Senators grab hold of their first-round series with the Penguins defeating them 4-2 taking a 2-1 series lead. The Senators wouldn't lose in the series again and would lose just two more times in the next two rounds defeating the Devils and the Sabres before reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history where they were dispatched by the Ducks in five games. 

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