This Day in Hockey History

Ian McLaren

1997 - Roy sets playoff wins record

With a 7-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy set an NHL record by recording his 89th career playoff win. 

On the same day two years later, Roy posted his 100th postseason victory as the Avalanche defeated the Sharks 3-1.

The legendary goaltender and current Avalanche head coach set the benchmark for playoff wins by a goalie at 151, including 16 in 2001 en route to his fourth Stanley Cup championship.

1993 - May Day

Buffalo Sabres forward Brad May scored an overtime goal to give his team a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep over the Boston Bruins in the Adams Division Semi-Finals. 

The goal is most well known for the famous call by Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

2003 - Sykora scores in fifth OT

In the fourth-longest game in NHL history,  Petr Sykora scored the winning goal 48 seconds into the fifth overtime to give the (then) Mighty Ducks a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere (who won the Conn Smythe Trophy at season's end) made 60 saves for the win.


  • 1984 - Frans Nielsen
  • 1987 - Kris Letang
  • 1992 - Tyler Toffoli