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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Today In NHL History - Pavel Bure

On March 31st in 1971, Pavel Vladimirovich Bure was born in Moscow, Russia. Sneakily selected 113th in the 1989 NHL Draft, a year before age eligibility owing to international games played, the Red Army right winger electrified NHL audiences for 12 seasons (VAN 7, FLA 3.5, NYR 1.5) with his speed and scoring prowess.

After collecting the Calder (1991), the Russian Rocket posted five 50 goal seasons (1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001) and two 60 goal stints (1993, 1994), thrice leading the league in goals (1994, 2000, 2001). He currently sits 5th overall in goals per game ahead of Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull.
Pavel was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012 alongside Joe Sakic, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin.  On November 2, 2013, 22 years after his 1st NHL game, the Vancouver Canucks retired Bure's #10 joining Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund in the Rogers Arena rafters, in a controversial gesture to their most exciting player. 
Off the ice, Pavel counts enforcer Gino Odjick and mobster Anzor Kikalishvili among his closest friends, Bob Saget's TV daughter DJ as his sister-in-law, and Anna Kournikova as his one-time fiance.

That's today in NHL history.

Today In NHL History - Jakub Kindl's Own Goal

On March 31st in 2013, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl directed the puck from his skate to stick before errantly backhanding it over Jimmy Howard's left pad, thanks to a timely slash by Chicago Blackhawks forward Jimmy Hayes, giving Chicago it's third goal in 99 seconds and a 3-0 lead less than five minutes to play. Kindl's own goal, credited to Dave Bolland, came on an Easter afternoon game celebrating Gordie Howe's 85th birthday in which the Red Wings wore Mr. Hockey's retired number 9 jersey during warmup.
Chicago added four more markers to beat Detroit during the 724th meeting between these 87 year rivals by a score of 7-1 in Hockeytown.

That's today in NHL history.

Today In NHL History - Omark's Shootout Goal

On March 31st in 2009, the 97th pick in the 2007 NHL Draft scored a spectacular shootout goal for Sweden in a friendly with Switzerland.

Eight months later, Linus Omark was tapped for a shootout attempt in his NHL debut and beat Tampa Bay Lightning backstop Dan Ellis with a spin-o-rama move, cinching a 4-3 win for the Edmonton Oilers.

That's today in NHL history.

Friday, March 30, 2018

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.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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.

Monday, March 26, 2018

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.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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.

Friday, March 23, 2018

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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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.