Today in NHL History- April 18

Here’s another look at today in NHL history.

April 18

The New York Islanders are looking to do some damage in this year’s playoffs, just as they did in a long playoff game 26 years ago today. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

1987- It was a long night for the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. The Isles came out on top 3-2 in the sixth longest game in history. The winning goal was scored 68 minutes and 47 seconds into overtime. That’s more than two whole games in one! The fans truly got what they paid for and more.

1999- Wayne Gretzky played in his final NHL game after announcing his retirement previously. He registered his 2,857th point on this date, while playing for the New York Rangers, and this mark remains to be the all-time scoring lead. Gretzky also retired with 60 other individual records 14 years ago.

 

This year’s Colorado Avalanche will not have the opportunity to do what Peter Forsberg and company did in the playoffs 11 years ago.

2002- Peter Forsberg returned to the ice after not playing since May 10, 2001. He had to have emergency surgery to remove his spleen. Forsberg’s return also marked the start of the playoffs for his Colorado Avalanche. In 20 playoff games, Forsberg netted nine goals and collected 18 assists. That’s quite an accomplishment after missing an entire regular season. The Avalanche fell short of the Stanley Cup Finals by one game, losing to the eventual cup winning Detroit Red Wings in seven games in the Western Conference Finals.

 

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