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April 9th

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1939:  Doc Romnes scored the winning goal at 10:38 of overtime to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win at Boston, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

1968:  Minnesota's Wayne Connelly became the first player in NHL history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs (after two others missed), when he beat Terry Sawchuk during a 7-5 win over Los Angeles in Game 3 of the Western Division Semi-Finals.

1968:  Minnesota North Stars recorded their first home playoff victory in team history, a 7-5 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Quarter-Finals. Bill Collins scored two goals and two assists and Ray Cullen had a goal and three assists.

1968:  Bill Collins set a Minnesota North Stars playoff record for fastest goal from the start of a game, when he scored just :09 into a 7-5 win over Los Angeles in Game 3 of the Western Division Semi-Finals. He later added another goal and 2 assists.

1973:  Former NHL center Kelly Fairchild born in Hibbing, Minnesota. Fairchild played in the NHL 1995-96 through 2001-02 with Toronto, Dallas and Colorado.

1978:  Glen Sharpley scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 3-1 win over the Flyers at Philadelphia.

1980:  Al MacAdam tied a team playoff record with four points - two goals and two assists - to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 7-2 playoff win against the Maple Leafs, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round.

1981:  Minnesota's Tim Young set a team playoff records with four assists and five points to lead the North Stars to a 9-6 win at Boston, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Preliminary Round.

1983:  Rangers' Rob McClanahan scored two goals and two assists, and Dave Maloney tied a team record for defensemen with 4 assists in a 9-3 win over the Flyers, at MSG in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals. Rangers swept the series in three games.

1989:  Marc Habscheid scored a goal and added two assists as the North Stars won 5-4 over the Blues in Minnesota, in Game 4 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.

1993:  Flames' Joel Otto played in his 600th NHL career game in an 8-1 win vs Vancouver.

1995:  IHL regular season ends and the Minnesota Moose - Stephane Morin finished 1st overall in the league scoring race.

1998:  The St. Paul Civic Center demolition began in St. Paul.  The building was demolished, making way for a new state of the art sports arena in it's place (Xcel Energy Center - home of the Minnesota Wild).

2003:  Jamie Langenbrunner scored both goals to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

2006:  Minnesota's Daniel Tjarnqvist tied a team record for most points in a game by a defenseman when he scored three (with a goal and two assists) and Marian Gaborik recorded his 8th career hat trick and an assist in a 5-2 win at Colorado.

2006:  Manny Fernandez became the first goalie in Minnesota Wild history to win 30 games in a season after a 5-2 victory at Colorado.

2008:  Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu began a four game goal scoring streak to tie a team playoff record in a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals.

2015:  Minnesota Wild defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2.  Mikko Koivu, with an assist on Jason Zucker's empty-net goal (2nd of the game) earned his 500th NHL point, becoming the 1st Wild player to hit this mark (144 goals - 356 assists = 500 points).  Darcy Keumper made 32 saves in the win, and marked his 1st start in goal since January 6th, and game since January 20th. (Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo gave Devan Dubnyk a rest with the Wilds' play-off clinching game 2 days prior vs. Chicago 4-7-2015).  

2015:  Minnesota Wild tied an NHL record (Detroit Red Wings 2005-2006) 12 consecutive road wins in the Wilds' 4-2 defeat vs. Nashville Predators (done without Zach Parise, Devan Dubnyk, Thomas Vanek, and Nino Niederreiter) all given the night off by Head Coach - Mike Yeo.  Wild also hit 100 points for the 2nd time in franchise history with the win ,and lead the NHL with a 26-7-2 record since the NHL All-Star Break.

2015:  Minnesota Wild finished the regular season on the road with a record of 24-15-2, setting Wild records in both wins and points with the win over Nashville Predators 4-2.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History