Zdeno Chara is currently the Bruins' star defenseman. However, he hasn't won the Art Ross Trophy and is not even in the conversation with Bruins legend, Bobby Orr. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Today in NHL History- April 3-4-5

Here’s a look at the last few days of NHL history. As always, Enjoy!

Could the Chicago Blackhwaks have won 60 games like the 1977 Montreal Canadiens if this year was a normal 82 game regular season? Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

April 3

1977- The Montreal Canadiens became the first team in NHL history to win 60 games in a single season. The Habs defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 to finish the season at 60-8-12. They went on to win the Stanley Cup after this historic regular season. They swept the Boston Bruins four games to zero to win their second of four consecutive championships.

April 4

The Los Angeles Kings are looking to do what the Ottawa Senators did in 1921: win two consecutive Stanley Cups. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1921 – The Ottawa Senators became the first team to win consecutive Stanley Cups. They defeated the Vancouver Millionaires three games to two after defeating the Seattle Metropolitans three games to two in 1920.

1986 – Wayne Gretzky set another one of his NHL records. He recorded his 213th point of the season, the most ever in one season. He went on to register two more points for a total of 215 points in the 1985-1986 season. This record still stands today and probably will forever.  

1987 – Defenseman history and New York Islanders history was made. Denis Potvin registered his 1000th career point 26 years ago. He became the first defenseman in league history to register 1,000 career points. Before retiring, Potvin added 52 more points for a career total of 1,052 points.

April 5

1970 – Bobby Orr won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring. Orr, a Bruin, became the first defenseman to ever win this award.

1987 – Here’s the Cal Ripken of hockey. Doug Jarvis played in his 692nd consecutive game. This was a league record, and Jarvis didnt stop there while playing for the Harford Whalers. He retired in 1987 after playing 964 consecutive games. This record still stands today, and will undoubtedly remain for a long time.

 

Maybe history will be made today. This column has been made into a weekly or bi-weekly column, and will not remain as a daily column.

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