Throwback Thursday: This Week in Hockey History

OT goals and NHL records keep on rollin’ in this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday! Let’s dive in to the week that was May 4 – 10 in the hockey world:


May 6, 1982: The Canucks beat the Blackhawks 6-2 to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the very first time.

May 6, 2004: Dave Nonis was promoted from his position of assistant general manager to GM after Brian Burke was relieved of his duties. His most noted move is landing Roberto Luongo from Florida for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld.


May 9, 2004: Steve Montador scored the biggest goal of his career in OT against the San Jose Sharks:

May 8, 1989: Al MacInnis wires a slapshot past the Blackhawks in OT. Said goal is at 2:52 of the below video, or you can enjoy a compilation of all the Flames OT goals:


May 6, 1995: The Winnipeg Jets retired Thomas Steen’s number, making him the first European player to have his number retired by an NHL team.


May 6, 1936: The Leafs bought goaltender Turk Broda for less than $10,000 on this day. He would go on to play every game for seven straight seasons with the Leafs.

May 4, 2004: Remember that time Darcy Tucker obliterated Sami Kapanen? Kapanen doesn’t, I’ll tell you that much:


May 10, 1984: Grant Fuhr earns a 34-save shutout against the New York Islanders for the first Oilers playoff shutout in history.

May 7, 1985: The Oilers beat the Blackhawks for their 12th straight win to set a postseason NHL record for the longest win streak in the playoffs. The Blackhawks would end the streak two days later with a 5-2 win.

May 7, 2017: You’re all going to have to dive way back in your memory banks for this one. Leon Draisaitl scored five points on this night to join the likes of Gretzky (9x), Kurri (3x), Anderson (2x), and Coffey (2x) as the only Oilers to score five or more points in a playoff game.

May 4, 1991: Petr Klima completes the fastest playoff hat trick in Oilers history. He scores three goals against the Minnesota North Stars in just 5:13 in the first period.


May 10, 1954: The league’s first ever Norris Trophy was awarded to Red Kelly

May 9, 1999: Scotty Bowman secures an NHL record by becoming the first coach to achieve 200 playoff wins when the Red Wings beat the Avalanche 4-0.

May 9, 1965: A legend was born! Steve Yzerman was born this day in Cranbrook, BC.

  • This week in history, Oilers make it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time after ten years of darkness, yet many Oiler fans are spewing their venom. Why so bitter?

    Chiarelli deserves much credit. Many, including me, questioned his moves but they turned out well. However, I also believe Oilers had beginners luck on their side. Guys just didn’t know any better. Over playing and riding a hot goalie doesn’t last forever. Same with fourth line guys playing above their skill set. It was like a perfect storm(in a good way) coming together for Edmonton.

    One last thought, every time I see McDavid dancing up and down the ice, I wonder how much longer this is allowed to continue. How long before some hard nosed defenseman says enough is enough and takes him out. Crosby gets hit and hit hard. I see the same thing happening to McDavid, now that he is on everyone’s radar.

    Next year will be tougher for the Oilers.