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Monday, March 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Today In NHL History - Shorthouse's First Game

On March 24th in 1998, John Shorthouse called his first NHL game as a paid play-by-play announcer for the Vancouver Canucks filling in for Hall of Famer Jim Robson and working alongside Tom Larscheid. Eighteen months later he inherited the full-time role and his mug has remained behind the microphone ever since.

Shorthouse's debut saw the return of recently traded fan favorites Trevor Linden and Gino Odjick as New York Islanders, facing the team that drafted them for the first time. Highlights included Odjick's first period pounding of trade counterpart Jason Strudwick.

Mike Keenan's Canucks beat Rick Bowness' Islanders 4-3 that night with goals from Alex Mogilny (2), Pavel Bure and Donald Brashear.

That's today in NHL history.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today In NHL History - Fastest Hat Trick

On March 23rd in 1952, Bill Mosienko of the Chicago Blackhawks scored three third period goals in 21 seconds against New York Rangers netminder Lorne Anderson laying claim to the fastest hat trick ever had in the NHL.

Assisting on each score, linemate Gus Bodnar owns the league's quickest three assists to date. The hat trick came with Chicago trailing 6-2 in the final frame. The Blackhawks ultimately beat the Rangers 7–6.

That's today in NHL history.

Today In NHL History - Richard's Three Stars

On March 23rd in 1944, Maurice "Rocket" Richard was awarded each of the game's Three Stars after his five goal Stanley Cup Semifinal performance, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Upon being announced the game's Third Star, fans booed believing none had outperformed Richard that night. When the Rocket was called for the Second Star and then First Star, the Forum faithful applauded the historic moment. Only Maple Leaf captain Mats Sundin has replicated this feat earning all Three Stars at the ACC on October 11, 2007.

Montreal won the series against Toronto 4-1 and beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final claiming their first Cup in 13 years.

That's today in NHL history.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Today In NHL History - Malarchuk's Throat Slit

On March 22nd in 1989, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk had his throat inadvertently slit by the skate blade of Steve Tuttle of the St. Louis Blues when he became tangled with Uwe Krupp in a chase for the puck.
Losing copious amounts of blood with every heartbeat, Malarchuk's life was saved by the quick actions of the team trainer Jim Pizzutelli and the good fortune of being in the goal closest to dressing rooms.

Fearing the worst, Clint requested a priest and had the team call his mother as doctors sewed over 300 stitches into the wound. Miraculously Malarchuk spent only one night in the hospital and made a full recovery, returning to practice in four days and playing in a game a week after that.

The incident remains among the most horrific and life-threatening injuries ever sustained by a player during a NHL game.

That's today in NHL history.

* See also Today In NHL History - Richard Zednik's Throat Slit.