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 8th, featuring Phil Esposito.
1970: The Boston Bruins forward scores three goals and doles out two assists in a Game 1 quarterfinal final. Boston would score five goals in 10:21 and two shorthanded goals in 44 seconds. The Bruins would rout the New York Rangers 8-2 on their way to a four games to two series win.
Esposito and the Bruins would win the Stanley Cup to be the first American team to do so since 1961. Boston would sweep the St. Louis Blues in four straight with Bobby Orr‘s iconic overtime-goal.