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Today in Playoffs History—April 12

Flashbacks: 1938, 1941, 1945, 1960, 1979, 2007
April 12, 1938 • The Chicago Black Hawks captured the 1938 Stanley Cup title with a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the best-of-five Final.

Eight American-born players—Carl Dahlstrom, Roger Jenkins, Virgil Johnson, Mike Karakas, Alex Levinsky, Doc Romnes, Louis Trudel and Carl Voss—skated for Chicago in the Final.

April 12, 1941 • For the first time since the NHL adopted the best-of-seven Final format in 1939, a team won the Stanley Cup in straight games. The Boston Bruins topped the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to complete their four-game sweep of the 1941 series.

April 12, 1945 • Maple Leafs rookie netminder Frank McCool set a new record with his third consecutive Stanley Cup shutout, 1-0 against the Red Wings, as Toronto moved to within one game of sweeping Detroit in the Final. The Leafs later won the championship series in seven games.

April 12, 1960 • Right winger Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored his all-time record 34th and final Stanley Cup goal, helping the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Three of the 1960 Final. The Canadiens’ victory was the third in a four-game sweep against the Leafs.

April 12, 1979 • The Toronto Maple Leafs set a playoff record for the fastest three goals by one team during a 7-4 victory over the Atlanta Flames in Game Two of their Preliminary round series. Darryl Sittler scored at 4:04 and 4:16 and Ron Ellis at 4:27 of the first period. Toronto went on to win the best-of-three series 2-0.

April 12, 2007 • Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios became the second-oldest player to appear in an NHL playoff game, taking to the ice for Game 1 of Detroit’s Conference Quarterfinal series against Calgary at 45 years, 77 days of age. Gordie Howe was 52 years, 11 days old when he played his last NHL postseason game in 1980 for the Hartford Whalers.

*information courtesy of NHL media
*photo found at Legends of Hockey.net

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