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Monday, March 30, 2015

Today In NHL History - Getzlaf Gloves Flames Goal

On March 30th in 2011, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf tricked referee Gord Dwyer and the off-ice video review crew when he grabbed a puck that had clearly crossed the goal line and was resting on netminder Ray Emery's arm, and inconspicuously placed it in the crease after the whistle preventing Calgary's tying goal.

For his encore, Getzlaf denied allegations relating to his suspect role in the incident during a second period intermission television interview.

Needless to say, the Flames were none too pleased with the officials' oversight and didn't hesitate to share their thoughts after the game.

The controversial call crushed Calgary's playoff hopes as Anaheim scored shortly thereafter and eventually won by a score of 4-2, preventing the Flames from pulling within a point of the final playoff spot with four games to play. Calgary ultimately missed the playoffs by three points.

That's today in NHL history.

Today In NHL History - Bouwmeester's Own Goal

On March 30th in 2012, Calgary Flames blueliner Jay Bouwmeester intercepted a pass from Colorado Avalanche forward Mark Olver and accidentally tucked it past the outstretched right pad of Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff for an own goal to open the scoring in a must-win game.
Bouwmeester explained, "It was rolling and I tried to play it across my body and put it in the corner. Obviously, it didn't go in the corner. It's not a very good feeling, that's for sure".

Colorado added three goals to Bouwmeester's own goal, credited to Olver, to beat Calgary by a score of 4-1 extinguishing their playoff hopes.

That's today in NHL history.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Today In NHL History - Steven Stamkos' Own Goal

On March 29th in 2014, Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos fired a pass past defenseman Michael Kostka which deflected off the boards and ended up in his own empty net during a delayed penalty, putting the Buffalo Sabres up 3-2 midway through the third period. Stamkos' own goal was credited to Cory Conacher, the Sabres skater whistled for hooking prompting Ben Bishop to abandon his post.

Stamkos would save the day setting up the tying goal on the ensuing powerplay and scoring the overtime winner for a 4-3 win, finishing the evening with two goals and an assist (in addition to his own goal) and completing what he described as an "uncharacteristic hat trick". That's today in NHL history.

Today In NHL History - Tie Domi Fights Fan

On March 29th in 2001, Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs pummeled Philadelphia Flyers fan Chris Falcone who, upon being sprayed with water by the bruiser, banged his way through the plexiglass into the penalty box.

Falcone required stitches in his forehead and Domi received a $1000 fine from the league. Toronto beat Philadelphia that night 2-1.

That's today in NHL history.

* See also Today In NHL History - Domi Elbows Niedermayer.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Today In NHL History - Patrick Eaves Shootout Miss

On March 27th in 2010, former first round draft pick Patrick Eaves of the Detroit Red Wings tripped and fell during a 9th round shootout attempt against netminder Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.

Even Eaves enjoyed a laugh about the gaffe afterward the game.

The Red Wings eventually sealed a 1-0 shootout win over the Predators that night on the strength of Niklas Kronwall's 11th round score.

That's today in NHL history.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Today In NHL History - Naslund Trade (PIT-VAN)

On March 26th in 1996, the Vancouver Canucks acquired Markus Naslund from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Alex Stojanov resulting in each team trading their first round selection from the 1991 NHL Entry Draft (16th for 7th, respectively).

Stojanov skated in 45 games for Pittsburgh over the next two seasons amassing six points (2G, 4A) in the process. He spent the remainder of his career in the minors. Naslund, on the other hand, played in 894 games over 12 seasons with Vancouver, serving as team captain for seven and setting club records for goals (346) and points (756). It remains the best trade ever made by the Vancouver Canucks.

That's today in NHL history.