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 28th, featuring Sergei Fedorov.
Today in Hockey History
Sergei Fedorov is Oldest to Get a Game-Winning Goal in Game 7
2009: The Washington Capitals forward scores with four minutes, 59 seconds in regulation. Fedorov helps the Capitals beat the New York Rangers, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The 39-year-old is the oldest to get a game-winning goal in Game 7 of a playoff series.
In 1992, Fedorov made history while with the Detroit Red Wings. He scored in 16:13 of overtime to break a scoreless tie with the Minnesota North Stars. The Russian beats Jon Casey, but the shot appears to go off the crossbar. However, he’s awarded the goal after video review and it’s the first game-winner to be awarded by review.
Other Notable Events
1984: Minnesota and the Edmonton Oilers score a post-season record seven power-play goals. Edmonton’s five-goal third period powers an 8-5 victory in Game 3 of the Campbell Conference Final.
1993: Dale Hunter cheapshots Pierre Turgeon into the boards in the New York Islanders Game 6 win over Washington. Turgeon scored but gets injured after the hit, which Hunter is suspended 21 games for.
1998: Daniel Alfredsson gets his first post-season hat trick as the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-3. The Swede’s goals help the Sens win Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
2014: Chris Kreider of the Rangers becomes the first player to score two game-winning goals in the same postseason in which he played his first NHL game. The rookie gives the Blueshirts a 3-1 over the Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern semifinals.
Happy Birthday to You
1955: Mel Bridgman
1964: Brad Shaw
1969: Ted Donato
1970: Nicklas Lidstrom
1994: Joonas Korpisalo