Chicago Blackhawks: On This Date In History

By Keith Schultz

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history looks back at a couple playoff moments in the great story that is the Chicago Blackhawks team history.

On May 6, 1996 at the United Center against the Colorado Avalanche the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Av’s 4-3 in overtime.  An unexpected hero scored the game winner for the Chicago Blackhawks and at the time it was the quickest overtime goal scored in Chicago Blackhawks history.  Sergei Krivokrasov took a feed from a standing still Eric Daze and fired one that was deflected past Patrick Roy for the Hawks OT win.  Here is the video of the goal, it’s great to see Jeremy Roenick and Eddie Belfour once again in a Hawks jersey.

The goal took 46 seconds to score which was the standing record until the Toews/Kane era took to the playoff ice.

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This record stood for 13 years which basically was the time it took for the Chicago Blackhawks to get back to the playoffs.  The Blackhawks Martin Havlat now holds the record for quickest playoff goal winner which he scored against the Calgary Flames in 2009.

Havlat scored his goal 18 seconds into overtime and still holds the record in Chicago Blackhawks history.

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May 6th isn’t just about overtime,  in the 80’s it meant old school hockey and some Blackhawks historic penalty minute records.  In 1982 (a year the Hawks didn’t run into the Edmonton Oilers) the Hawks and the Vancouver Canucks in the Conference Finals combined for 164 penalty minutes in one period.  These type of minutes in the penalty box just don’t happen these days in games not periods even to the ugliest of teams.  The Blackhawks committed 15 penalties while the Canucks drew 13 in a game that no one didn’t want to fight.  Of course this was the last game of the series as the Canucks defeated the Hawks 6-2 in the game and 4-1 in the series.

Finally, on May 6, 1992 Ed Belfour did something he did 3 times in his playoff career with the Chicago Blackhawks and that was shut out the opponent. The Blackhawks defeated the hated Detroit Red Wings 1-0 and it helped clinch the series sweep for the Hawks.  Almost 23 years to the date Corey Crawford shut out the Minnesota Wild last night 1-0 with this being Crawford’s 4th career shut out.

Some great Chicago Blackhawks history happened on this date including some old school hockey!

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