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 June 3rd, featuring Eric Desjardins.
Today in Hockey History
Eric Desjardins Gets First Hat Trick for Defence in Stanley Cup Final
1993: The Montreal Canadiens defenceman is the first at his position to get a hat trick in a Stanley Cup Final series. Desjardins scores three times as Montreal beats the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, in overtime of Game 2.
The Habs gamble as coach Jacques Demers alleges that Kings’ defenceman Marty McSorely had an illegal curve on his sick. Referee Kerry Fraser measures the stick and the stick is deemed illegal, which is an automatic penalty. Desjardins scores the tying goal and then scores again, 51 seconds into overtime to even the series at one.
Other Notable Events
1982: Dave Keon retires after 18 seasons in the league, including 15 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Keon ends up with 396 goals and 986 points in 1,296 NHL games.
1998: Jamie Langenbrunner scores from centre ice as the Dallas Stars beat the Red Wings, 3-2, in overtime. The improbable goal comes 46 seconds into overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.
2013: Boston’s four first-period goals lift them to a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. It’s the first time in 30 years that a visiting team scores four or more goals in the first period of a conference final or Stanley Cup Final game.
Happy Birthday to You
1957: Barry Beck
1966: Doug Houda
1983: Chris Thorburn
1990: Pavel Francouz
1991: Sami Vatanen