1920: Former NHL defenseman Bob Dill born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dill played in the NHL 1943-44 through 1944-45 with the New York Rangers.
1952: Former NHL right winger Don Martineau born in Kimberley, B.C. Martineau played in the NHL 1973-74 through 1976-77 with Atlanta, the Minnesota North Stars and Detroit.
1956: Former NHL left winger Roger Melin born in Enkoping, Sweden. Melin played in the NHL 1980-81 through 1981-82 with the Minnesota North Stars.
1968: Dave Balon tied a Minnesota North Stars franchise playoff record for fastest goal from the start of a game, when he scored just :09 into a 5-1 win at St. Louis in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. Bill Goldsworthy had two goals and two assists.
1974: Minnesota North Stars named Jack Gordon as their new General Manager.
1988: NHL center James Sheppard born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sheppard has played in the NHL since 2007-08 with the Minnesota Wild and San Jose.
2002: Felix Potvin recorded his 8th (and final) career playoff shutout, and Craig Johnson scored the winning goal at 2:19 of overtime in the Kings 1-0 win over the Avalanche at Colorado, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals.
2003: Matt Cooke scored the tying goal with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation, and Trent Klatt scored a power-play goal at 3:42 of overtime as the Canucks won 4-3 over the visiting Minnesota Wild, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
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