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 19th, featuring Martin Brodeur.
Today in Hockey History
Martin Brodeur Ties Post-Season Shutout Record
2012: The New Jersey Devils goalie ties Patrick Roy‘s playoff shutout record of 24 with 26 saves. Brodeur guides the Devils to a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the Eastern quarterfinals. The Montreal native even gets on the scoresheet with an assist on Steve Bernier‘s goal.
It would be the last time Brodeur would record a shutout in his illustrious career. He would help the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final. New Jersey would fall to the Los Angeles Kings in the championship series.
Other Notable Events
1962: Stan Mikita and Tim Horton both set playoff records in the Leafs’ 8-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Final. Mikita breaks Gordie Howe‘s record for most points in a post-season with 21. Horton nets three assists to get 15 points, which is the most for a defenceman.
1989: Pat Burns wins his sixth straight playoff career to start his coaching career. The Canadiens would beat the Bruins, 3-2, in Game 2 of the Adams Division semifinal.
2004: Jose Theodore picks the right time to get his first post-season shutout as the Habs beat the Bruins, 2-0, in Game 7 of the Eastern quarterfinal. Theodore stops 32 shots to become the fourth goalie to get his first shutout in a Game 7.
2015: John Tavares scores 15 seconds into overtime as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Eastern first round. It’s the first OT-winner in the playoffs for the Isles since 1993.
2016: Matt Murray makes 16 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers, 3-1, in Game 4 of the first round. Murray and Jeff Zatkoff are the first goalies to win their playoff debuts in the same series.
Happy Birthday to You
1951: Rich Lemieux
1956: Randy Carlyle
1980: Robyn Regehr
1981: Martin Havlat
1995: Juuse Saros
1998: Patrik Laine