December 11: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 11 NHL History 1969: Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” is played at the Spectrum for the first time, and the Philadelphia Flyers respond by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. The Flyers go 19-1-1 in the next three seasons when “God Bless America” is played. 1977: Tom Bladon of the Flyers sets an NHL […]

September 19: This Day in NHL History

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September 19 NHL History 1990: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 in a preseason game at St. Petersburg, Florida. The game draws an announced crowd of 25,581 fans to the Suncoast Dome (now Tropicana Field), then the largest for any NHL game. 1991: Toronto brings in some Stanley Cup experience in a trade […]

June 1: This Day in NHL History

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June 1 NHL History 1992: The Pittsburgh Penguins win their second straight Stanley Cup championship and complete a sweep of the Final by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 6-5 victory in Game 4 at Chicago Stadium. It’s the 11th consecutive playoff win for the Penguins, tying the NHL postseason record. Pittsburgh takes three […]

May 31: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 31 1961: Defenseman Doug Harvey, a six-time Norris Trophy winner with the Montreal Canadiens, signs a contract with the New York Rangers to serve as player-coach, replacing Alf Pike. The Canadiens receive forward Lou Fontinato from the Rangers as compensation. Harvey goes on to win his seventh Norris Trophy in […]

May 24: This Day in NHL history

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May 24 NHL HISTORY 1980: A dynasty begins when Bob Nystrom scores 7:11 into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The eighth-year franchise wins the first of four consecutive championships. Lorne Henning’s pass sends John […]

April 26: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 26 1975: The New York Islanders become the second team in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to win a best-of-7 series after losing the first three games when they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 in Game 7 of the Quarterfinals at the Civic Center. The Penguins outplay […]