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 22nd, featuring Patrik Sundstrom.
Today in Hockey History
Patrik Sundstrom Has Playoff-Record Eight Points
1988: The New Jersey Devils forward sets a post-season record for most points in a game with eight. His three goals and five assists led the Devils to a 10-4 win over the Washington Capitals. Sundstrom would break Wayne Gretzky‘s record to help New Jersey win Game 4 of the Patrick Division Final.
Other Notable Events
1971: The Minnesota North Stars are the first expansion to beat an Original Six team in the playoffs as they beat the Montreal Canadiens, 6-3, in Game 2 of the semifinals. The Canadiens would still win the series and go on to win the Stanley Cup.
1976: Darryl Sittler ties the post-season record with five goals as the Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 8-5. Sittler ties Maurice Richard‘s record as Toronto wins Game 6 of the quarterfinals. The Flyers would win Game 7.
1998: Bruce Gardiner is the 49th player to score his first post-season goal in OT as the Ottawa Senators beat New Jersey, 2-1. His goal helps the Sens take the series opener.
2017: Magnus Paajarvi scores nearly halfway through the first overtime period as the St. Louis Blues beat Minnesota in five games. It’s the Blues’ first series-clinching goal in overtime since Pierre Turgeon in 1999.
2018: Jake Guentzel scores four straight goals and Sean Couturier gets five points in the Pens’ 8-5 victory. Both Guentzel and Couturier are the first set of opposing players to get at least five points in a playoff game.
Happy Birthday to You
1944: Doug Jarrett
1953: Tom Lysiak
1965: Peter Zezel
1968: Zarley Zalapski
1976: Dan Cloutier
1994: Chandler Stephenson