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This Week In Hawks History: April 27-May 3

Monday, 04.27.2009 / 11:43 AM / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg  - Web Contributor
Lou Angotti

Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawks history:

  • Hawks center Lou Angotti won a crucial faceoff and Bobby Hull blasted the game-winner at 6:35 of overtime to give Chicago the 3-2 edge in their best-of-seven semifinal series against the Rangers on April 27, 1971 at the Stadium. It was the only playoff overtime goal in Bobby's Hawks career.
  • It was April 28, 1994 that the last game was played at the Chicago Stadium. The Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled the farewell by blanking the Hawks 1-0 to win the conference quarterfinals 4-2. It was the third time in the series that the Leafs registered a 1-0 decision.
  • On April 29, 1973, Hawks defenseman Pat Stapleton set a team playoff record with three assists in a period, a feat which was later matched by Chris Chelios in 1992.
  • The Hawks walloped St. Louis 8-2 in the seventh game of the division finals on April 30, 1990. During the game, Steve Larmer tied Stan Mikita's playoff mark by registering five points in a game (1 G, 4 A).
  • Also on that date in 1985, Hawks captain Darryl Sutter scored the winning goal in overtime for the second straight game, giving Chicago a 6-5 triumph to knock the Minnesota North Stars out in the division finals.
  • On May 2, 1971, the Hawks won the seventh game of their semi-final series against the Rangers by a 4-2 margin to move into the Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal.
  • On that same date in 1992, the Hawks edged the Red Wings 2-1 in the opening game of the division finals, on their way to a four-game sweep of their arch-rivals.
  • Also on May 2, in 1996, Jeremy Roenick tallied the third overtime playoff goal of his Hawks career to stun the favored Avalanche 3-2 in the opening game of their conference semi-final series.
  • On May 3, 1995, goalie Ed Belfour captured his third William Jennings Trophy by allowing the fewest goals for the season, with a 2.37 goals-against average that included five shutouts.
  • On the same date in 1973, Stan Mikita and defenseman Bill White each scored a shorthanded goal, tying an NHL record for most shorties in a period, during a 7-4 win over Montreal at the Stadium.