Today in Hockey History: April 13

One of many best dynasties in Nationwide Hockey League historical past was almost reduce brief on this date 39 years in the past. April 13 has additionally offered loads of massive moments in each the common season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. The THW time machine is warmed up and able to take us again by way of the years to relive all one of the best moments this date has needed to supply.

Catastrophe Prevented, Dynasty Saved  

The New York Islanders dynasty of the Eighties had 5 Corridor of Famers on their roster, together with Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin and Bryan Trottier. Nonetheless, you don’t win 4 straight Stanley Cups except you’ve some nice expertise all through the complete roster.

John Tonelli is likely to be some of the vital gamers in these championship years. He was the man who went into the corners to win the puck battles and he wasn’t an offensive slouch by any means. He arrange Bobby Nystrom’s additional time purpose that clinched the 1980 championship and got here up large on April 13, 1982.

The Islanders’ run of Stanley Cup wins almost ended at
simply two because the Pittsburgh Penguins gave all of them they may deal with of their
Patrick Division Semifinal collection in 1982. After the Islanders received the primary
two video games of the best-of-series, the Penguins got here again to pressure a fifth and
remaining contest.

The temper contained in the Nassau Coliseum was tense because the guests scored three objectives in 7:30, late within the second interval, to take a 3-1 benefit into the ultimate body. Issues perked up when defenseman Mike McEwen reduce the deficit to 1 with a power-play purpose at 14:33. Tonelli was in the fitting place on the proper time, a number of moments later, when the puck hit off the tip boards and went proper to his stick within the slot for the game-tying purpose.

Tonelli struck once more, simply over six minutes in additional time, with Nystrom and McEwen getting the helpers on the series-ending purpose. Probably the most superb stat concerning the Islanders’ run of 4 straight Stanley Cups was this was the one sport by which they confronted elimination.

Al Arbour, who was behind the bench for all 4 of these championships on Lengthy Island, hit a private milestone a decade afterward April 13, 1992. He coached in his 1,437th profession NHL sport, tying the all-time file that Dick Irvin held on the time.

Few did it higher behind an NHL bench than Arbour. (Photograph by Denis Brodeur/NHLI through Getty Photos)

He completed his profession with 1,607 video games underneath his belt. That’s at present fourth all-time in NHL historical past behind present Islanders head coach Barry Trotz (1,674), Joel Quenneville (1,705) and Scotty Bowman (2,141).

Stanley Cup Playoff Moments

Toe Blake put the Montreal Canadiens on his again for Recreation 4 of the 1944 Stanley Cup Closing. He assisted on all 4 objectives in regulation earlier than scoring in additional time to finish the four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks. This was the primary Stanley Cup win for the Canadiens in 13 years, the longest championship drought they might endure through the 20th century.

Talking of the Blackhawks, they set a file for the fewest photographs on purpose in a Stanley Cup Playoff sport on April 13, 1974. The Los Angeles Kings held the visiting Blackhawks to only 10 photographs on purpose and simply three after the primary interval. Nonetheless, Germain Gagnon scored on their first shot of the sport and that was all they wanted as Tony Esposito stopped all 32 photographs he confronted in a 1-0 victory.

tony esposito
Esposito got here up large on April 13, 1974. (THW Archives)

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers performed a
memorable playoff tilt on April 13, 1985. Tim Kerr of the Flyers set a
postseason file by scoring 4 consecutive objectives within the second interval,
together with three on the facility play. The 2 groups tied a Stanley Cup playoff
file as they mixed for seven power-play objectives. The Flyers had 4 of them
in a 6-5 win.

On April 13, 2018, the Vegas Golden Knights performed of their first-ever additional time playoff sport. Erik Haula scored late within the second additional time session to steer the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Kings. Jonathan Fast made 54 saves within the dropping effort as Vegas grabbed a 2-0 lead within the best-of-seven playoff collection. William Karlsson has the one different additional time playoff purpose in franchise historical past.

Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals turned the oldest defenseman to attain an additional time playoff purpose on April 13, 2019. At 38 years and 199 days previous, he was 131 days older than the earlier record-holder, Keith Carney, was when he scored in additional time for the Minnesota Wild in 2008. Orpik’s purpose that beat the Carolina Hurricanes was the fourth playoff purpose of his profession, three of which have been game-winners, with two coming in additional time.

Odds & Ends

On April 13, 1993, the Ottawa Senators misplaced their fortieth highway sport of the season to ascertain an all-time NHL mark in a 6-2 defeat on the Quebec Nordiques. The Senators broke the previous file of 39 highway losses set by the 1974-75 Capitals.

On that very same night, rookie Teemu Selanne had an help to tie the Winnipeg Jets workforce file for many factors in a season. Selanne’s 130 factors in 83 video games matched the overall Dale Hawerchuk had in 1984-85 in simply 80 video games.

Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets, Alumni Game, Heritage Classic
Selanne’s rookie season was one for the ages. (Credit score: Glenn Cratty/ALLSPORT)

Ray Sheppard turned the primary participant in NHL
historical past to attain a purpose towards 23 groups in a single season on April 13, 1994. Sheppard
scored his career-high 51st and 52nd objectives of the season
within the Detroit Pink Wings’ 9-0 win over the visiting Canadiens.

Pavel Bure lit the lamp in a Vancouver Canucks’ 2-1 win over the Mighty Geese of Anaheim on that very same night time. Bure reached the 60-goal plateau for the second straight season. He’s nonetheless one in every of solely eight gamers in NHL historical past to have multiple 60-goal season in his profession. He almost had two extra however got here up simply brief with 58 and 59 objectives for the Florida Panthers in 1999-00 and 2000-01, respectively.

On April 13, 1997, the Hartford Whalers performed their remaining sport in Connecticut and beat the Tampa Lightning 2-1. The Whalers moved to North Carolina and started play because the Carolina Hurricanes the next season.

Two of the best American-born defensemen in NHL historical past hit the identical milestone in separate video games on April 13, 2002. Chris Chelios picks up his 700th profession help in a Pink Wings’ loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Chris Chelios
Chelios’ profession spanned over 24 seasons. (Photograph by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI through Getty Photos)

Brian Leetch hit the identical mark, changing into the primary Rangers participant to ever decide up 700 assists in a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.  The pair of Corridor of Famers are two of simply 11 defensemen to have no less than 700 assists and the one two who have been born in america.

On April 13, 2006, Alex Ovechkin joined Selanne as the one participant to attain 50 objectives and 100 factors of their rookie season when he scores towards the Atlanta Thrashers. This was the primary of eight 50-goal seasons for Ovechkin. He had 48 objectives when the 2019-20 season was placed on maintain as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Completely happy Birthday to You

There’s a group of 27 well-respected present and former NHL gamers who have been born on April 13. Among the many lot are Mariusz Czerkawski (49), Sergei Gonchar (47), Patrik Elias (45), Arron Asham (43), Joonas Donskoi (29), Elvis Merzlikins (27), Connor Carrick (27), Steven Lorentz (25) and Rasmus Dahlin (21).

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