During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for April 8th, featuring Phil Esposito.
Today in Hockey History
Phil Esposito Leads Bruins Barrage
1970: The Boston Bruins forward scores three goals and doles out two assists in a Game 1 quarterfinal final. Boston would score five goals in 10:21 and two shorthanded goals in 44 seconds. The Bruins would rout the New York Rangers 8-2 on their way to a four games to two series win.
Other Notable Events
1973: Ed Giacomin gets only playoff shutout in a 33-save effort in the Rangers 4-0 win over the Bruins in Game 4 of the quarterfinals.
1980: Howe makes the post-season for the 20th year in the Hartford Whalers 6-1 loss to the Canadiens.
1996: The Jets unveil their new logo and will go by the Phoenix Coyotes after they relocate to Arizona for the next season.
2000: Toronto cracks 100 points in a season for the first time in a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Leafs are the last Original Six team to reach that milestone.
Happy Birthday to You
1960: Dave Richter
1993: Viktor Arvidsson
1995: J.T. Compher