Today in Hockey History: Colorado Avalanche Joe Sakic Sets Playoff OT Goal Mark

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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 24th, featuring Joe Sakic.

Today in Hockey History

Joe Sakic Breaks Post-Season OT Goal Record

2006: The Colorado Avalanche captain breaks Maurice Richard‘s record of six playoff-overtime goals. 4:36 into overtime, Sakic scores his seventh OT-goal in the playoffs as the Avs beat the Dallas Stars. Colorado takes the game 5-4 to win Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals

Sakic would end up with eight goals in the extra session, which is still the league record. Colorado would upset second-seeded Dallas before being swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the next round.

Other Notable Events

1969: Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau scores his only playoff overtime goal in Game 6 of the semifinals. Beliveau scores in the second overtime as the Habs beat the rival Boston Bruins, 2-1.

1983: Brad Park is the first player to tie a Game 7 in regulation and then win it overtime. Park helps the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2, in the Adams Division Final.

Jari Kurri scores two shorthanded goals in the same period as the Edmonton Oilers win Game 1 of the Campbell Conference final. Kurri helps Edmonton beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 8-4.

1993: Brad May scores the iconic “May Day” goal as the Sabres stun the Bruins, 6-5, in overtime to win the Adams Division semifinal series. Buffalo stunned division champion Boston in four straight.

Ray Ferraro scores for the second straight game in overtime as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals, 4-3. Ferraro caps a rally to give the Isles a 3-1 series lead in the Patrick Division semifinals.

1996: Petr Nedved caps a wild four-overtime game as the Pittsburgh Penguins win 3-2 over the Capitals. Nedved helps the Penguins beat the Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Ken Wregget stops Joe Juneau in the first penalty shot awarded in a post-season overtime.

1997: Patrick Roy tops Billy Smith‘s post-season win record of 89 in Colorado’s 7-0 win over Chicago. Roy would get his 100th playoff victory two seasons later.

2016: John Tavares helps the Islanders win their first series since 1993. Tavares helps the Islanders beat the Florida Panthers, 2-1, in Game 6 of the first round.

Happy Birthday to You

1914: Phil Watson

1923: Gus Bodnar

1960: Darren Veitch

1984: Frans Nielsen

1987: Kris Letang

1992: Tyler Toffoli