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April 8th

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1960:  Former NHL defenseman Dave Richter born in St. Boniface, Manitoba. Richter played in the NHL 1981-82 through 1989-90 with the Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia, Vancouver and St. Louis.

1971:  Minnesota's Murray Oliver tied a record for fastest goal from the start of a period, when he scored just :09 into the third period in a 4-2 loss at St. Louis in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.

1980:  Ron Zanussi and Bobby Smith each had 3 assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 6-3 win over the visiting Leafs, in Game 1 of their Preliminary Round series. Toronto goalie Jiri Crha set a playoff record by facing 61 shots in his first playoff game.

1980:  In their first playoff game in three years the Minnesota North Stars set team playoff records with 30 shots in the first period and 61 shots in the game, a 6-3 win over the visiting Maple leafs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round series.

1981:  Steve Payne scored the first hat trick in Minnesota's playoff history, including the winning goal at 3:34 of overtime to lead the North Stars to a 5-4 playoff win at Boston, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round.

1991:  Minnesota's Dave Gagner set a team record with 2 goals and 2 assists in the first period and the North Stars tied a record with 5 goals in the first period, but lost 6-5 to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, in Game 3 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.

2001:  Minnesota Wild (25-39-13-5) set an expansion record by selling out all 41 regular-season games at the Xcel Energy Center with an average attendance of 18,402. The Wild lost 4-2 to the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

2001:  Minnesota's Filip Kuba became the first rookie defenseman in team history to score 30 points in his first season; he set the record in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

2001:  Minnesota Wild signed free agent Travis Roche.

2002:  Minnesota Wild signed free agent Mark Cullen, a Minnesota native who had been playing at Colorado College.

2006:  Rick DiPietro recorded his 6th career shutout, Alexei Yashin scored two power-play goals in the first period and added two assists and Jason Blake had a goal and three assists in the Islanders 5-0 win against the visiting Washington Capitals.

2010:  Wade Dubielewicz replaced an injured Niklas Backstrom in goal early in the third period, and stopped all 5 shots he faced in regulation then made 2 more saves in the shootout to lead the Wild to a 2-1 win, their third straight in Calgary.

2011:  Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mikkio Koivu picked up three assists each to lead the Wild to a 3-1 victory in Edmonton.

2014:  Minnesota's Ryan Suter scored the tying goal with 1:05 remaining in regulation, Mikko Koivu tallied the lone goal in the shootout, and Ilya Bryzgalov improved to 7-0-3 since joining the Wild, after a 4-3 win over the visiting Boston Bruins.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History