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 23rd, featuring Scotty Bowman.
Today in Hockey History
Scotty Bowman Sets Playoff Win Record
1992: The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 6-4, in Game 3 of the Patrick Division semifinals. Mario Lemieux‘s three goals and three assists help Bowman get his 115th post-season victory.
Other Notable Events
1950: Pete Babando scores in the second overtime as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers, 4-3, in the first Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s the only Game 7 to go to a second overtime.
1994: Tony Amonte scores four goals in the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 win over Toronto in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. He’s the second Blackhawks player to score four goals in a post-season game.
Lemieux scores in his final game before cancer treatment in a 4-1 season-ending loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
1998: Montreal wins its record-setting 14th straight playoff overtime game in a 3-2 over Pittsburgh. Benoit Brunet scores 18:43 into overtime to win the game.
2012: The Phoenix Coyotes win their first series since moving to the desert. Phoenix wins in six games in the Western Quarterfinals over the Blackhawks.
2018: Washington is the first team to win a seven-game series after losing the first two games in overtime. The Caps beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 in Game 6.
Happy Birthday to You
1943: Tony Esposito
1949: Gregg Sheppard
1950: Reggie Leach
1952: Wayne Merrick
1958: Ryan Walter
1973: Patrick Poulin
1988: Pat Maroon