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 7th, featuring Lester Patrick.
Today in Hockey History
Lester Patrick Steps Between Pipes for Rangers
1928: The New York Rangers coach plays after Lorne Chabot can’t continue due to an eye injury in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Chabot takes a shot from Nels Stewart of the Montreal Maroons. Patrick can’t use a backup goalie sitting in the stands or minor leaguer Hugh McCormick after asking.
The Maroons were trying to take a 2-0 series lead when Patrick is talked into donning the pads. He lets in a game-tying goal, but the Rangers win the game, 2-1, in overtime. Frank Boucher gets the game-winner for the Rangers. The 44-year-old coach had played in the PCHA years ago.
Joe Miller of the New York Americans is allowed to play for the Rangers, who win their first title in five games.
Other Notable Events
1955: Bernie Geoffrion‘s hat trick helps the Montreal Canadiens snap the Red Wings’ 15-game winning streak. Detroit had won nine regular season and six playoff games before losing 4-2 to Montreal in Game 3 of the Final.
1993: Pittsburgh ties the mark for most regular season wins in a row with 15. The Pens would beat the Canadiens, 4-3, in overtime after a Rick Tocchet hat trick.
Happy Birthday to You
1954: Clark Gillies
1970: Alexander Karpovtsev
1979: Pascal Dupuis
1992: Marcus Sorensen
1994: Troy Stecher