Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Today in Hockey History

1895 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias (above) awarded cup, as Queens University (Kingston Ont) loses to Montreal AAA, 5-1
  • 1904 - Brandon's Lester Patrick(above) becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal

1923 - NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens (above) outscore Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in 2

  • 1976 - Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0

  • 1993 - (courtesy of Hockeybarn.com) The Pittsburgh Penguins win the first of an NHL-record 17 games in a row. Following back-to-back championship seasons, the Pens were looking to finish strong for yet another run at the Cup. The return of captain Mario Lemieux, who had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease earlier in the season, helped sparked the best season-ending run in franchise and league history.

    The home team defeated the visiting Boston Bruins in the battle of black and gold by a final score of 3-2. It would be the first of five one-goal victories during the streak, including two in overtime. In all, the Penguins outscored their opponents 96-48, twice scoring 10 goals in a single contest.

    While the surge helped Pittsburgh finish first in both the Patrick Division and the entire league itself with a President's Trophy-worthy 119 points, the club couldn't complete the "threepeat." The Penguins fell to the New York Islanders in the final game of the division final, with Dave Volek's overtime marker completing his team's improbable upset.

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