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CINCINNATI – Unexpectedly entering a fray which in the beginning was not at all of his choosing, Carl Hubbell today came up with his twenty-fourth consecutive National League victory in a two-year string as the Giants, riding handsomely on the crest of Melvin Ott’s seventh homer of the year, brought down the Reds, 3 to 2.

The famous Hub came into the game in the last half of the eighth with the score deadlocked at 2-all, and with no more effort than one would employ in dusting off a shelf, he retired three Reds on infield grounders. In the upper half of the ninth he sat placidly in the Giant dugout as his no less distinguished roommate, Master Melvin, swung desperately at the slanting shots served up by the left-handed Lee Grissom. Earlier in the day Mel had cracked a triple off the screening in front of the right-field bleachers, and so the odds were slightly against him on this occasion.

But there is a strange bond of comradeship among these older Giants who date back to the days of John J. McGraw, and Mel swung with tremendous fervor. The result was a towering smash that cleared the screening and dropped into the bleachers more than 400 feet from the plate. Presently the Giants’ inning ended with no further scoring and Hubbell sedately marched out to the mound. He retired three more Reds, this time on pop flies, and it was over. It was as easy as that.

For the screwball maestro it marked his eighth successive pitching victory of 1937 against not a single setback, and this, added to the sixteen straight with which he concluded the 1936 campaign, gives him the amazing all-time mark. It was also only the second time in this unprecedented string that saw Hubbell receive credit for a game in which he did not start.

Sharing the spotlight with the spectacular team of Hubbell and Ott was Dashing Dick Bartell, whose bat exploded a pair of doubles which drove in the other two Giant tallies, the second one tying the score in the eighth. Dick Coffman held the Reds in check until he vacated for a pinch hitter in the eighth. After that it was just a case of the oldest master stepping up, chalking his cue and continuing his unbroken run.

Carl Hubbell’s streak was broken on May 31 when the Brooklyn Dodgers beat him, 10-3, before a Memorial Day crowd of 61,756 at the Polo Grounds. The pitcher who has come closest to Hubbell’s record is the sinkerballer Roy Face of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won 22 consecutive games in 1958-59.



1972: Mark Donohue, the Trans-America and United States road-racing king, scored his greatest victory in the Indianapolis 500, taking the lead 13 laps from the end in Roger Penske’s McLaren turbo Offy and finishing at an average speed of 163.465 miles an hour. Donohue was killed in a crash at the Ostreichring in Austria in 1975 (see Aug. 19).

1975: The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2‚0, in Game 6 at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium, winning their second straight Stanley Cup title. Flyers goalie Bernie Parent was named most valuable player of the post-season for the second time in succession.

1968: The National League voted to expand to 12 teams in 1969, adding the Montreal Expos and the San Diego Padres. Because the American League had already created two new teams for ’69, each league formed two divisions that led to a post-season tier of playoff games. To some, these League Championship Series stole some of the World Series’ glamour.


1904       In the team’s 3-1 victory over the Superbas at the Polo Grounds, Giants first baseman Dan McGann steals five bases to establish a major league record. The 32 year-old Kentucky native’s mark will be surpassed in 1912 by A’s second baseman Eddie Collins who will swipe six bags in a game twice during the season.

1928       After he clears waivers in the American League, the Braves purchase 35 year-old first baseman George Sisler from the Senators for $7,500. The future Hall of Famer will finish his 15-year career in Boston, hitting .326 during the three seasons he spends with the team.

1937       Carl Hubbell, working two innings in relief, wins his 24th consecutive game when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 3-2. Mel Ott’s ninth-inning home run proves to be the difference in the Crosley Field contest.

1941       Play is halted in the seventh inning of the Braves-Giants game at the Polo Grounds so the crowd of 17,009 and players can listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio address over the stadium’s P.A. system. After FDR announces the Proclamation of an Unlimited National Emergency, the tied 1-1 contest is resumed after a 45-minute delay.

1951       A large ad appears in the Minnesota Sunday Times asking the local fans for their continued support of the Millers despite the promotion of the team’s phenom to the major leagues. Giants owner Horace Stoneham explains Willie Mays’ performance, compiling a .477 batting average while hitting safely in 33 of 35 games, has warranted the young outfielder’s move to the Polo Grounds in New York.

1955       In the first five innings of a 16-0 Red Sox rout of the Senators, Norm Zauchin drives in ten runs. Boston’s 26 year-old first baseman accomplishes the feat with home runs in the first, second, and fifth frames along with a fourth-inning double.

1959       National League president Warren Giles rules the final score of Haddix’s ‘perfect game’ is 1-0. Hank Aaron (for leaving base path) and Joe Adcock (for passing Aaron) are declared out, with Adcock’s round-tripper scored as a double instead of a home run.

1960       Orioles catcher Clint Courtney becomes the first backstop to use the big knuckleball glove, an innovation of manager Paul Richards. The larger mitt, which has a 45-inch circumference, helps as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm goes the distance in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium in a game that doesn’t feature a wild pitch or a passed ball.

1968       Major league baseball expands outside the confines of the United States when the National League announces the addition of Montreal to the circuit. San Diego is also awarded an expansion team.

1974       In a game that takes only one hour and thirty-eight minutes to complete, Pirates starter Ken Brett blanks the Padres 6-0, allowing just two hits in the Three Rivers Stadium contest. In the second game of a twin bill, the Bucs’ southpaw pinch-hits a seventh-inning two-run triple which contributes to the Pirates’ 8-7 victory over the Friars.

1981       After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt to ‘encourage’ Amos Otis’ slow roller to go foul, umpire Larry McCoy accuses the Mariner third baseman of blowing the ball foul. Randle’s explanation that he was merely yelling at the ball not to stay fair is initially convincing until Royals’ manager Jim Frey complains.

1984       Mario Soto, Cincinnati’s starting pitcher, is ejected from the game when he shoves Steve Rippley, the third base umpire who called Ron Cey’s foul ball down the left-field line a home run. Although the decision will be reversed, the Reds’ right-hander will also attack Cubs coach Don Zimmer, prompting National League president Chub Feeney to suspended the fiery fireballer for five games, the first of the two suspensions he will be given this season.

1984       “How do you fine a bat boy?” – WILLIAM CUTLER, president of the Pacific League. Portland Beavers bat boy Sam Morris is thrown out of a game by umpire Pam Postema for refusing to retrieve a folding chair that his ejected manager Lee Elia had hurled into right field during an animated tirade. The 14 year-old junior high school student, who declined to follow the arbitrator’s directive out of loyalty to his skipper, will not have to pay the $25 fine, which is usually automatic for being tossed from a PCL game.

1986       ” What do you expect when they build a ballpark on the ocean?” – Oil Can Boyd, after a game at Cleveland Stadium, located on the shore of Lake Erie, is postponed due to fog. The Red Sox are credited with a 2-0 victory when the game cannot be continued due to the dense fog that rolls into Cleveland Stadium. The postponed contest, which ends with the Tribe having baserunners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, prompts Boston’s right-hander Oil Can Boyd to infamously blame the lack of visibility on the ballpark’s proximity to the ocean, not nearby Lake Erie.

1987       Davey Johnson surpasses Gil Hodges as the winningest manager in Mets history with his 340th win, a 4-3 triumph over the Giants at Candlestick Park. The New York skipper, who has averaged 98 victories during his first three seasons, will compile a 595-417 record (.588) during his six-plus years with the team.

1990       Along with Frank Tanana, Giants’ hurler Rick Reuschel becomes only one of two pitchers to give up a homer to Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, the two future all-time major league home run kings, when the 25 year-old Buc slugger takes him deep in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. In 1973, while pitching for the Cubs in his sophomore season, the right-hander served up the 691st of 755 career round-trippers blasted by Bad Henry.

1992       The last-place Braves beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 9-3. The victory is the start of a 78-37 run which will propel Atlanta to its second straight West Division title, finishing eight games in front of the Reds.

1993       After hitting just .143 in 26 games for the Rockies, former Brave superstar Dale Murphy retires from baseball. The two-time National League MVP leaves the game with a career average of .265, 398 home runs, and 1,266 RBIs.

1995       In a complete-game effort, Steve Ontiveros limits the Yankees to one hit in the A’s 3-0 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 34 year-old right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter is spoiled by a two-out sixth inning single by Luis Polonia.

1997       At the Metrodome, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks his own major league mark for home runs hit through May when he goes deep for his 23rd round-tripper of the season in an 11-10 loss to Minnesota. The Mariners outfielder had established the record in 1994.

2000       The Cardinals pay tribute to Hall of Fame hurler Dizzy Dean by dedicating a statue, created by sculptor Harry Weber, outside of Busch Stadium. The colorful character joins Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Stan Musial, and Red Schoendienst to be honored in such a manner by the Redbirds.

2000       The Reds retire the No. 24 jersey worn by Hall of Famer Tony Perez, marking just the sixth time the oldest professional baseball organization has bestowed the honor. The former first baseman and manager joins Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18), and Frank Robinson (20) to be honored in such a manner. Ken Griffey Jr., after being acquired by the Reds in the offseason, agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number worn by his father as a member of the Big Red Machine.

2003       In Atlanta, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision that prevents the Florida attorney general from investigating the 2001 attempt by MLB to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision of Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black, and Richard W. Goldberg, considered to be a major victory by the commissioner’s office, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport’s antitrust exemption.

2004       At Kauffman Stadium, the visiting Tigers tie a club record by collecting 27 hits, including Carlos Pena’s 6-for-6 performance, in a 17-7 rout of the Royals. The first time Detroit banged out that many hits in a game was against the Yankees at the end of the 1928 season at Navin Field.

2004       After beating the Oakland A’s, Curt Schilling, on his way home from Fenway, calls the cops on his cell phone to report an erratic driver. The Westwood Police Department apprehended the driver and pulled him over.

2006       Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat the Devil Rays, 6-4, making the right-handed hurler the 104th player to amass 200 victories. Pitching a perfect ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon establishes a rookie record by recording his 18th save in 18 tries.

2008       When Jamie Carroll is caught off first base by White Sox pitcher Ehren Wasserman’s fake throw to third and gets into a rundown, David Dellucci, the runner on third, breaks for home and scores on first baseman Paul Konerko’s throw in the dirt, which also allows Carroll to reach second and Grady Sizemore, the runner on second, to move to third base. Chuck Murr, official scorer of the Indians’ 8-2 victory over the White Sox, credits all three runners with stolen bases, making it the first triple steal to be accomplished, since 1987 when Atlanta pulled it off against Houston.

2008       With a 44-0 record and needing just one more win to become the first undefeated team in N.C.A.A. baseball history, Connecticut’s Trinity College loses to Johns Hopkins 4-3. The loss sets up a winner-take-all in the Division III World Series in which the Hartford-based school scores a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 5-4, and the national championship.

2009       Gerry Rodriguez completes his cycle with a tenth inning walk-off home run. The minor leaguer’s four hits help pace the Rome Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Drive in South Atlantic League action.

2009       Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and two relievers combine to throw six wild pitches, making it only the fifth time since 1900 that the dubious feat has been accomplished. Dice K ties an 80-year club franchise with four errant throws to catcher George Kottaras, with relievers Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson each uncorking one.

2012       A sign bearing the likeness of Mike Piazza connecting for his decisive eighth-inning home run in the Mets’ 3-2 victory against Atlanta in the first professional sports event in New York City following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 proves to be the winning entry in the Mets’ revival of Banner Day, a team tradition started in 1963 that lasted until 1996. The artwork, created by cousins Olivia Nuzzo and Stephanie Giangrande, included a section of the NYC’s former skyline, with the WTC towers silhouetted above Piazza’s heroic homer in mid-swing above the words, “The home run that helped heal N.Y. God Bless America. Let’s Go Mets.”

2017       “We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of Homer at the Bat. The Simpsons has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992. ” – Hall of Fame President JEFF IDELSON, commenting about the Cooperstown celebration of the animated series.

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducts fictional cartoon character Homer Simpson as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons episode ‘Homer at the Bat.’ As part of the ceremony, a roundtable discussion of the much-beloved episode includes comments by real Hall of-Famers Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith, who played themselves on the animated show, as well as executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila.


1904: In the team’s 3-1 victory over the Superbas at the Polo Grounds, Giants first baseman Dan McGann steals five bases to establish a major league record. The 32 year-old Kentucky native’s mark will be surpassed in 1912 by A’s second baseman Eddie Collins who will swipe six bags in a game twice during the season.

1972: Mark Donohue, the Trans-America and United States road-racing king, scored his greatest victory in the Indianapolis 500, taking the lead 13 laps from the end in Roger Penske’s McLaren turbo Offy and finishing at an average speed of 163.465 miles an hour. Donohue was killed in a crash at the Ostreichring in Austria in 1975


1975: The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2‚0, in Game 6 at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium, winning their second straight Stanley Cup title. Flyers goalie Bernie Parent was named most valuable player of the post-season for the second time in succession.


By the mid-’60’s the Los Angeles Dodgers had replaced the perennial champion New York Yankees as baseball’s premiere dynasty after winning the World Series for the second time in three years. After holding the “Bronx Bombers” to four total runs in their four-game sweep in ’63 and limiting the Minnesota Twins to seven runs over the last five games of the ’65 Series, the Dodgers had proven that great pitching can silence almost any line-up. Their American League rivals, the Baltimore Orioles also boasted a strong rotation featuring Jim Palmer (who had fifteen victories) and the ’66 Triple Crown winner, Frank Robinson. Robinson had finished the regular season with a league-high forty-nine home runs, one-hundred twenty-two runs batted in and a .316 batting average. Both teams seemed to match up well, although no one in a Baltimore uniform had numbers even close to Koufax, who had risen to the top step of Major League pitchers in a few short seasons.

As the Series got underway in Dodger Stadium, the Orioles’ star left-hander, Dave McNally held an early 4-1 lead in the third. Frank Robinson had started things off for “the Birds” with a two run homer in the first and Brooks Robinson matched the effort in the next at-bat. Years later, Brooks stated that hitting a “back-to-back” homer in the World Series was his biggest thrill in baseball, even topping his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. McNally retired the first Dodger batter in the third, but then allowed three consecutive bases on balls. Orioles Manager Hank Bauer exhibited a quick hook and replaced the twenty-three year-old with Moe Drabowsky. The veteran reliever struck out Wes Parker, but then yielded a walk to Jim Gilliam that resulted in Johnson crossing home. Drabowsky maintained his composure though and induced John Roseboro to foul out. It would be LA’s last scoring opportunity for the rest of the day. The thirty-one year-old reliever went on to sit down the Dodgers’ sides in the fourth and fifth innings while tying the Fall Classic record of six consecutive strikeouts. In the end, he totaled eleven strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit on the way to a 5-2 opening lead.

For Game 2, the Orioles’ Jim Palmer was given the monumental task of keeping pace with Sandy Koufax. The Dodger veteran had just finished another all-star season with twenty-seven wins and an ERA of 1.73 and many felt that it would be no contest. Palmer surprised everyone though, by matching the LA ace pitch-for-pitch for a scoreless outing that lasted into the fifth. The Orioles were the first to break through with three unearned runs in a terrible inning for the Dodgers’ Willie Davis. First, the centerfielder dropped consecutive fly balls (after losing both in the sun). Then he threw a wild ball past third base after the second drop. Luis Aparicio added the only RBI of the inning and before the Dodgers knew what had hit them, they were down 3-0. Koufax, who was suffering from an arthritic elbow, stumbled again in the sixth after yielding an earned run when Frank Robinson tripled and Boog Powell singled him home. Before a total disaster, Koufax managed to work his way out of a bases-loaded jam, getting Andy Etchebarren to ground into a double play. However, it was an unfortunate end to Koufax’s play in the Series and ultimately, his career. He announced his retirement the following November in an effort to prevent permanent damage to his arm. Silencing his critics, Baltimore’s twenty year-old “underdog” finished on top by allowing only four hits for the 6-0 win.

As the Series moved to Baltimore for the first time in its sixty-three year history, another young pitcher named Wally Bunker stepped up to the mound and delivered a six hitter for a clutch 1-0 victory. Although the home team managed a meager three hits off of the Dodger’s rotation, one was a monster 430-foot homer by Paul Blair off Claude Osteen in the fifth. McNally returned to save face in Game 4 against Drysdale and both pitchers allowed only four hits. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, one of theirs was a fourth inning blast by Frank Robinson that landed in the left-field bleachers. The result was another Baltimore 1-0 victory and a World Series title. The Orioles had defeated baseball’s newest dynasty and they had done it with less-than-spectacular stats. In the end, their scorecards totaled a meager twenty-four hits and ten earned runs in four games. However, the Dodger’s boasted an even lower total (setting an all-time record) with two runs, seventeen hits, a .142 batting average and pathetic thirty-three consecutive scoreless innings.


May 27, 1973
The Bucks finished the year with 14 straight victories to end the season, one off the league record of 15 straight wins to end the season established by the Rochester Royals in 1950.

May 27, 1981
Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, making him the only player to win MVP honors in both the NBA and the ABA.

May 27, 1982
The Los Angeles Lakers, despite an 11-day layoff between playoff series, beat Philadelphia 124-117 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals for their ninth consecutive victory, at the time an NBA record for consecutive wins during one postseason.

May 27, 1985
Scott Wedman sank four three-point field goals without a miss and shot 11-for-11 overall from the field, both NBA Finals records, as Boston routed the Los Angeles Lakers 148-114 in Game 1. Boston’s 148 points and 62 field goals remain NBA Finals records.

May 27, 1988
Red McCombs purchased the Spurs for $47 million, becoming the first principal owner of the franchise.

May 27, 2013
The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-86 in the West Conference finals, winning the series 4-0.



Walter Payton (RB, Jackson State, 1971-74)
Rushing yards: 3,563 | Yards per carry: 6.1 | Touchdowns: 66
That Payton made the Time Magazine All-America team as a senior while playing at I-AA Jackson State illustrates a few things: how good a back Payton was to draw that sort of acclaim in the era of Archie Griffin, Joe Washington and Anthony Davis; how slowly the SEC took integration seriously (Mississippi State had barely begun to integrate and Ole Miss not at all when Payton, a Mississippi native, went to college); and how HBCU football may have peaked in the mid-1970s. Payton, a two-time Black College Player of the Year, played so well that he finished 14th in the 1974 Heisman while playing in what was then Division II.



Frank Hinkey was a loner, a young man with few friends. They called him “Silent Frank” and his fellow students and teammates at Yale very likely could not understand him. Shy and moody off the field, Frank became a fiendishly aggressive player once a game began. Hinkey was All-America end four years 1891-94, was Yale captain two years. In his time Yale had a 52-1 record, out-scoring opponents 1,730 to 25. He was named an all-time All-America end by Walter Camp in 1910, Pop Warner in 1930, Parke Davis in 1934, the Football Writers Association in 1969. He was small, standing 5-9, weighing 150, but fierce. Pop Warner called him “pound for pound, the best football player ever.” He suffered from a lung ailment and played football against his doctor’s orders. Hinkey coached Yale 1914-15 (record: 11-7) and coached a pro team, the Dayton Triangles, in 1921 (record: 4-4-1). He was born December 23, 1871, in Tonawanda, New York. He entered a tuberculosis sanatorium at Southern Pines, North Carolina, in 1922 and died there December 30, 1925.



1975: The Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup for the second straight year by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 in Game 6 of the Final at Memorial Auditorium. Bernie Parent makes 32 saves for his sixth and final NHL playoff shutout. Bob Kelly breaks a scoreless tie by stealing the puck from defenseman Jerry Korab and jamming a shot past Roger Crozier 11 seconds into the third period. Bill Clement scores an insurance goal with 2:47 remaining. Parent becomes the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in back-to-back seasons.



1993: Wayne Gretzky saves the day for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. The Toronto Maple Leafs hold Gretzky off the scoresheet through regulation, but he scores a power-play goal 1:41 into overtime to give the Kings a series-tying 5-4 victory at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Gretzky keeps alive the Kings’ hopes of making the Stanley Cup Final for the first time when he redirects a pass from Luc Robitaille past Toronto goalie Felix Potvin for the win.


1994: Stephane Matteau scores 4:24 into the second overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden. Matteau picks up a dump-in, circles the net and slides the puck past Martin Brodeur for his second double-overtime goal of the series; the call of “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau” by Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose becomes one of the most famous in the history of New York sports. The win puts the Rangers into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1979. Matteau, who comes to the Rangers from the Chicago Blackhawks hours before the NHL Trade Deadline, gets to be the hero after New Jersey forces overtime when Valeri Zelepukin scores with 7.7 seconds remaining in the third period.


1995: Paul Coffey scores one goal and assists on another in the Detroit Red Wings’ 6-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at San Jose Arena to pass Denis Potvin and become the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL playoff history with 166 points. Coffey scores 4:01 into the game to trigger a four-goal first period by the Red Wings, who complete a four-game sweep of the Sharks in the Western Conference Semifinal. Detroit coach Scotty Bowman sets a record of his own; it’s his 46th career playoff series victory, moving him past Toe Blake.


2003: Brodeur makes 16 saves to help the Devils defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-0 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brodeur becomes the second goalie in NHL history to have a shutout in each of the four rounds in the playoffs. Jeff Friesen scores twice for New Jersey, which outshoots Anaheim 21-8 through the first two periods.


2004: Brad Richards ties a single-season record with his sixth game-winning goal of the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also has an assist, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames 4-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the St. Pete Times Forum. The victory ties the best-of-7 series 1-1.


2006: The Edmonton Oilers become the first eighth-seeded in a conference to advance to the Stanley Cup Final when they defeat the Mighty Ducks 2-1 at Arrowhead Pond to win the Western Conference Final in six games. A goal by Raffi Torres at 8:31 of the second period breaks a 1-1 tie, and Dwayne Roloson makes 32 saves.


2011: Nathan Horton scores at 12:27 of the third period to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden. Horton becomes the first player in NHL history to score the winning goal in a Game 7 twice in one playoff year; his overtime goal exactly one month earlier eliminates the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the conference quarterfinal. Tim Thomas makes 24 saves for the shutout.


2014: Rene Bourque becomes the first player since 1945 to have a hat trick for the Montreal Canadiens in a playoff game when they face elimination. Bourque scores twice in the second period and once in the third to help the Canadiens defeat the Rangers 7-4 at Bell Centre in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. Bourque matches the feat of Maurice Richard, whose hat trick helps the Canadiens defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 10-3 in Game 5 of the 1945 Semifinals.


2015: Defenseman Duncan Keith assists on three goals, including two from the new-look top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, in less than four minutes to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 at United Center in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. It’s the second straight year the Blackhawks win Game 6 to force Game 7 in the conference final.