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This Week in Centennial History

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The Pittsburgh Penguins moved one step closer to becoming the NHL's first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings won in 1997 and '98. The Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games to win their Eastern Conference First Round series, becoming the first team from the East to advance to the second round. 

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, is taking a look back at memorable events each week.


Here are Centennial highlights for the week of April 16-22:

April 22, 1988: Patrik Sundstrom of the New Jersey Devils becomes the first player to have eight points in a Stanley Cup Playoff game.

Video: Memories: Sundstrom tallies three goals, five assists


April 21, 1938: The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings begin a series of exhibition games in England and France. They are the first NHL games played outside North America.


April 21, 1951: Defenseman Bill Barilko scores the Stanley Cup-winning goal at 2:53 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory against the Canadiens in Game 5 of the Final. Barilko's goal caps the only series in playoff history to have every game decided in OT.

April 20, 1950: Don Raleigh becomes the first player in NHL history to score overtime goals in back-to-back games during the Final. His goal 1:38 into OT gives the New York Rangers a 3-2 win against the Red Wings in Detroit.


April 19, 2012: Martin Brodeur of the Devils sets the playoff record for career shutouts when he gets his 24th, a 4-0 victory against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center.

Video: Memories: Brodeur seals record 24th playoff shutout


April 18, 1999: Wayne Gretzky's final NHL game is one to remember.

Video: Memories: Wayne Gretzky tallies his final NHL point


April 18, 1987: Pat LaFontaine still owns the puck from his game-winning goal that ended the "Easter Epic."


April 17, 2006: Sidney Crosby becomes the youngest player in NHL history to have 100 points in a season when he gets three assists in Pittsburgh's 6-1 win against the New York Islanders.


April 16, 1949: The Maple Leafs become the first team to win the Stanley Cup three years in a row when they defeat the Red Wings 3-1 to complete a sweep of the Final.

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