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This Week in Centennial History

Gordie Howe scores for final time in regular-season game April 6, 1980 @NHLdotcom

The NHL is saying goodbye to a couple of franchise icons on the final weekend of the regular season. Forward Patrik Elias, the leading scorer in New Jersey Devils history, took warmups with his old team on Saturday; he's retiring after 20 seasons in the NHL. Also retiring is broadcaster Bob Miller, who's ending his 44 years as the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Kings by calling their games Saturday and Sunday.


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 2-8:


April 8, 1971: The Montreal Canadiens stun the Boston Bruins with a comeback for the ages in Game 2 of the Quarterfinals.


April 7, 1927: The first All-NHL Stanley Cup Final game has everything, except goals.


April 7, 1928: Coach Lester Patrick saves the day for the New York Rangers.

Video: Memories: Lester Patrick fills in as goalie for NYR


April 6, 1980: Gordie Howe scores his 801st and final NHL goal in his last regular-season game.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career


April 5, 1970: The New York Rangers qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs after one of the wildest season-ending days in NHL history.


April 4, 2004: Brad Fast's lone NHL game is one for the record books.


April 3, 1976: Darryl Sittler becomes the first Toronto Maple Leafs player to have a 100-point season.

Video: Darryl Sittler once scored 10 points in one game


April 2, 1986: Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers ties and then breaks Bobby Orr's single-season record for goals by a defenseman.

Video: Memories: Coffey passes Orr's NHL record for goals

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