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Today in Playoffs History—April 20

Flashbacks to: 1950, 1967, 1993, 1997

April 20, 1950 • New York center Don Raleigh set a Stanley Cup record with his second overtime goal in as many games as the Rangers downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game Five of the 1950 Final.

The win proved to be the Rangers’ last of the series as Detroit went on to win the final two games and the Stanley Cup.

April 20, 1967 • In Game One of the 1967 Final, a 6-2 win for the Montreal Canadiens, defenseman Red Kelly skated in the 12th Stanley Cup series of his career, tying Maurice “Rocket” Richard for the all-time record. Montreal’s Henri Richard and Jean Beliveau, both of whom played in this game, would later tie the mark as well.

April 20, 1993 • The Pittsburgh Penguins set an NHL playoff record with their 13th consecutive postseason win, a 7-0 decision over the New Jersey Devils in Game Two of their Patrick Division Semifinal. The Penguins passed the previous mark of 12, set by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 and 1985 playoff seasons. The Penguins extended their record to 14 games before dropping Game Four to the Devils, ending the streak.

April 20, 1997 • Chicago Blackhawks forward Sergei Krivokrasov scored at 11:03 of the second overtime period in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game Three of their Western Conference Quarter-final at the United Center. The goal stopped Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy’s overtime shutout streak at 162 minutes and 56 seconds. (Now the second longest streak in NHL playoff history.)

April 20, 1997 • The Edmonton Oilers staged a game-tying, three-goal flurry in the last four minutes of the third period versus the Dallas Stars en route to a 4-3 overtime win in Game Three at Edmonton. It marked the first time since the NHL took exclusive control of the Stanley Cup in 1926-27 that a club had won a playoff game after trailing by three goals with less than five minutes to play. With Dallas leading 3-0 in the third period, Edmonton got goals from Doug Weight (16:00), Andrei Kovalenko (17:44) and Mike Grier (17:56) to tie the game, with Kelly Buchberger adding the game-winner at 9:15 of overtime. Edmonton took a 2-1 lead in the series.

*information courtesy of NHL media
*photo found at Leafs Nation blog

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