This Week In Hawks History: April 20-26
Monday, 04.20.2009 / 4:54 PM CT / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor
Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawks history:
- On April 20, 1990, Troy Murray and Steve Thomas set a Hawks playoff record for the fastest two goals when they scored 10 seconds apart in the third period of Game 2 of the division finals, a 5-3 victory over St. Louis at the Stadium.
- Hall of Fame goalie Tony Esposito registered the first of his six career playoff shutouts in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the Rangers on the same date in 1971. “Tony O" picked up his last playoff shutout this week as well, on April 23, 1982 against St. Louis.
- On the April 20, 1997, Sergei Krivokrasov scored in the second overtime to beat Colorado 4-3. That was the last Hawks playoff goal in overtime until last Thursday's game-winner by Martin Havlat.
- Hawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard set a team mark by picking up an assist in his seventh straight playoff game, a streak that ran from April 6-20 in 1989.
- The Blackhawks and the Minnesota Stars set an NHL record by scoring the fastest five goals in playoff history on April 21, 1985, in Game 2 of the division finals. Keith Brown, Ken Yaremchuk and Curt Fraser scored for the Hawks while Dino Ciccarelli and Tony McKegney tallied for Minnesota, all in the span of 3:06. The Hawks won the game 6-2.
- Tony Amonte became the second Hawk to score four goals in a playoff game in a 5-4 win over Toronto on April 23, 1994.
- Joe Murphy scored 9 minutes into overtime to give the Hawks a 2-1 decision and complete a four-game sweep against Calgary in the conference quarterfinals on the April 23, 1996.
- Gary Suter became the first Blackhawk defenseman to score a hat trick in the playoffs on April 24, 1994, but it took Jeremy Roenick's overtime goal at 1:23 to beat Toronto in the contest, Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals.
- Hawks captain Darryl Sutter, now Calgary’s general manager, scored early in the second overtime period to give Chicago a 7-6 win in a Game 4 of the division finals at Minnesota on April 25, 1985.