Thursday, March 11, 2010

Today in Hockey History

1904 - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games.
Ottawa would win the two-game series 6–3, 9–3 (15–6), held in Ottawa on March 9–11.

1905 - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 (above) beat Rat Portage Thisles, 2 games to 1
In March 1905, the Rat Portage Thistles issued another challenge to the Senators. Team leader Frank McGee did not play in the first game and the Thistles crushed Ottawa, 9–3. However, he returned to lead the Senators to 4–2 and 5–4 victories in games two and three, respectively.

1912 - 1st Stanley Cup game to be played in 3 20-min periods, formerly played in 30-min halfs, Quebec beats Moncton 9-3 on way to sweep
For the first time in history, the customary seven man per side hockey game was reduced to six. The rover position had now been eliminated. Another rule change in 1912 required teams to complete their regular season before competing for the Stanley Cup. The Quebec Bulldogs, who posted a league-high 10-8-0 record, successfully defended the Cup against Moncton of the Maritime Professional Hockey League. The championship was a best of three affair. The Bulldogs won game one 9-3, and went on to win game two by an a 8-0 verdict to win their second straight title. Jack McDonald and Joe Malone combined for 14 of Quebec's 17 goals.

1914-The Toronto Blueshirts (above) defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6–2 in a two-game, total-goals playoff.
The Blueshirts then defeated the challenging Victoria Aristocrats of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association to retain the Cup. The 1913–14 NHA season was the sixth season of the National Hockey Association (NHA). At the end of the regular season, a tie for first place necessitated a playoff to determine the championship and the Stanley Cup. Tied at the top of the standings, the Blueshirts and Canadiens faced off in a two game, total goals series to determine a league champion. The Blueshirts won the series 6–2. The 1913–14 season marked the last year of the challenge era in Stanley Cup history. After dispatching the Canadiens, the Blueshirts faced off against the Victoria Aristocrats of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The series would be controversial, as the Aristocrats never formally applied with the Cup trustees to challenge for the cup. As a result, the trustees would negotiate an agreement to have the champions of the NHA and the PCHA meet each year to determine a champion, beginning in 1915.

1922 - Western Hockey Championship: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Regina Capitals, in 2 games
Each contest in this Vancouver-Regina two-game total goals series was played under different rules. However, the road team prevailed in each match. Game one, played in Vancouver under the PCHA's seven-man rules, saw Dick Irvin score the game-winning goal to give the Capitals a 2–1 victory. Game two was played in Regina under the WCHL's six-man rules, but Millionaires defenceman Art Duncan recorded a hat-trick as he led Vancouver to a 4–0 shutout, and thus clinching the series by a combined score of 5–2.

1961 - Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks & Maple Leafs (20 each)

1979 - (courtesy
Randy Holt receives 67 penalty minutes in one game, setting a new record.

The Los Angeles Kings acquired the rugged defenseman from the Vancouver Canucks earlier in the season to intimidate the opposition and protect their own players. What better time to test his ability to do both than a road trip to Philadelphia?
The floodgates opened with a minor infraction halfway through the first period, as less than five minutes later Holt and fellow enforcer Frank Bathe received double majors and a 10-minute misconduct each for a nasty tilt.
The fisticuffs may have been triggered by the Flyers' Ken Linseman, who Holt believed was once again earning his moniker of "The Rat" with a cheap shot. This triggered the latter to confront the Broadstreet Bullies at their bench after the buzzer sounded to signal the end of the first twenty minutes.
That bench, along with the one of the visitors, was soon cleared as five players from each side earned at least 25 penalty minutes for their respective brawls. Holt led the way with a fighting major, another 10-minute misconduct, and three game misconducts for instigating the whole incident.
The final total of 67 not only trumped fellow defensive pugilist Jim Dorey's old mark of 52 set a decade earlier, but also set a new standard for number of infractions received in a period with nine. Holt served a three-game suspension for his actions.

1987 - Wayne Gretzky scores 1,500th NHL point

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