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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Today In NHL History - Miracle On Manchester

On April 10th in 1982, the Los Angeles Kings completed the largest single game comeback in Stanley Cup playoff history in Game 3 of the Smythe Division Semifinal beating the heavily favored Edmonton Oilers 6-5.

Down 5-0, the Kings first goal came 2:16 into the third period from Jay Wells skating 4-on-4. Doug Smith added a powerplay goal less than three minutes later. The next three markers came in the final 5:22 with Charlie Simmer and Mark Hardy converting 4-on-4, and Steve Bozek tying it with five seconds remaining in regulation on the powerplay with the goalie pulled. Daryl Evans scored the winner 2:35 into overtime.

The comeback has been dubbed the Miracle on Manchester owing to the address of The Forum where the game was played. The Kings lost Game 4 in Los Angeles but won Game 5 in Edmonton to steal the series 3-2 only to fall to the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 in the next round.

That's today in NHL history.