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 May 27th, featuring Bernie Parent.
Today in Hockey History
Bernie Parent Wins Conn Smythe as Flyers Repeat
1975: The Philadelphia Flyers goalie stops 32 shots as they blank the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup. It’s the sixth and final post-season shutout of Parent’s career to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. He won the playoff MVP award in the previous post-season. Parent is the first player to win back-to-back playoff MVP awards.
Other Notable Events
1993: Wayne Gretzky forces Game 7 with an overtime for the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final. Gretzky lifts the Kings with a goal 1:41 into OT in the Game 6 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1995: Paul Coffey becomes the highest-scoring defenceman in the playoffs with a goal and an assist for the Detroit Red Wings. Coffey passes Denis Potvin as Detroit beats the San Jose Sharks, 6-2, in Game 4 of the West semis.
2011: Nathan Horton scores 12:27 into the third period as the Boston Bruins edged Tampa Bay, 1-0, in Game 7 of the Eastern final. Horton is the first to score two Game 7-winners in the same post-season.
Happy Birthday to You
1940: Ed Van Impe
1966: Ray Sheppard
1976: Richard Park
1991: Chris Wagner