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Today in Playoffs History—April 10

imageApril 10, 1934 • The Chicago Black Hawks earned their first Stanley Cup title with a 1-0 overtime victory versus the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the best-of-five championship. Harold “Mush” March potted the series-winner at 10:05 of the second overtime period. 

The joy of Chicago’s inaugural Stanley Cup win was overshadowed less than two months later by the death of their star goaltender Chuck Gardiner.  The 29-year old “Wee Scot” (Gardiner was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland) died from a brain hemorrhage on June 13, 1934.

April 10, 1949 • Toronto left winger Sid Smith set an NHL record with three power-play goals in one Final game. Toronto defeated Detroit 3-1.  Two-minute minor penalties in that era had to be served in their entirety.  Smith’s first two goals came on the same minor penalty (Detroit’s Pete Horeck).

April 10, 1956 • Center Jean Beliveau notched a goal and two assists as the Montreal Canadiens took Game 5 (3-1) against Detroit to capture their first of a record five consecutive Stanley Cup championships. The goal gave Beliveau seven and established a modern-day record for one Final series. New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy (1982) and Edmonton Oilers center Wayne Gretzky (1985) have since tied Beliveau’s Stanley Cup mark.

April 10, 1982 • The Los Angeles Kings scored five third-period goals and added the game-winner in overtime to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in Game 3 of the 1982 Smythe Division Semifinal in one of the greatest comebacks in NHL playoff history, known as the ‘Miracle on Manchester.’ Trailing 5-0 entering the third period, Los Angeles forward Steve Bozek scored the tying goal with just five seconds remaining and Daryl Evans capped the furious Kings rally by adding the overtime winner at 2:35. Los Angeles went on to win the best-of-five series 3-2.

*information courtesy of NHL media
*photo of Harold March found at CBC.ca, and credited to the Associated Press

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