Credit such men as George Hainsworth, Mud Bruneteau and Mel Hill for enduring feats. Hainsworth, tending goal for Montreal in 1930, posted the longest shutout sequence in Stanley Cup history – 270 minutes eight seconds. He helped the Canadiens win the title that year and again in 1931.
The five-foot-six goalie from Toronto helped make defence so dominant that the rules were changed to allow forward passing.
Hainsworth died at age 54 in 1950 on a highway near Gravenhurst, Ont., when his car collided with a truck. The multiple Vezina Trophy winner was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.
Bruneteau’s given name was Modere and when he was growing up in St. Boniface, Man., one of his teachers had trouble pronouncing it so he nicknamed him Mud, and it stuck.
Bruneteau’s goal at 16:30 of the sixth overtime period on March 24, 1936, gave the visiting Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Maroons in the longest overtime in Stanley Cup history – 116 minutes 30 seconds.
Detroit won the championship that year and Bruneteau would be part of three title teams while spending his entire 11-year big-league career with the Red Wings. He finished up in the minors in Omaha, Neb., and later operated a bar. He died in 1982 at the age of 67.
The shortest overtime in playoff history was nine seconds on May 18, 1986, at Calgary when Montreal won 3-2 on a shot by Brian Skrudland of Peace River, Alta.
Hill, from Glenboro, Man., holds the record for most overtime goals in one series. He got three for Boston in a seven-game series against the Rangers in 1939. The feat earned him the nickname “Sudden Death” but he never scored another overtime goal.
Hill was on two more championship teams, with Boston in 1941 and with Toronto in 1945, and he settled in Regina where he operated a soft drink bottling company. He died in 1996 at age 81.
The record for fastest two goals from the start of a playoff game has stood since April 9, 1963, when Dick Duff of Kirkland Lake, Ont., beat Detroit goalie Terry Sawchuk of Winnipeg at the 49-second mark and again at 1:08 in Maple Leaf Gardens.
The fastest two goals at any time in a playoff game were scored on April 11, 1965, when Norm Ullman, born in Provost, Alta., beat Glenn (Mr. Goalie) Hall of Humboldt, Sask., twice in five seconds during a 4-2 Detroit win over Chicago.
It was back in 1985 that Finnish forward Jari Kurri scored 19 goals during Edmonton’s title run to tie the record Philadelphia’s Reggie (The Rifle) Leach of Riverton, Man., set in 1976 for most in one playoff year. The closest any player has got since is Joe Sakic, the pride of Burnaby, B.C., who got 18 in Colorado’s march to the title in 1996.
The 47 points Wayne Gretzky amassed for the Oilers in 1985 remains the most in one playoff year. Closest anybody got to the Brantford, Ont., legend in the 22 ensuing years was Montrealer Mario Lemieux in 1991, when he piled up 44 in leading Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup.
The record book is full of entries by the free-wheeling Edmonton teams of the 1980s.
Thanks to Gretzky, the highest-scoring series ever played was the Edmonton-Chicago conference final in 1985, when the Oilers scored 44 times. Both teams combined for a record 69 and the series didn’t even go the distance. Edmonton took it in six.
Gretzky’s 24 goals remain the career standard for winning playoff shots. Nobody is close to The Great One. Brad Richards of Murray Harbour, P.E.I., owns the record for most winning goals in one playoff year with seven during Tampa Bay’s championship run in 2004.
Plenty of highly touted newcomers have popped up but the record for most goals by a rookie in one playoff year has stood since 1981, when Dino Ciccarelli of Sarnia, Ont., scored 14 for the Minnesota North Stars.
The record for most goals in one game – five – is shared by five players: Lemieux (1989), Leach (1976), Darryl Sittler of St. Jacobs, Ont., (Leafs, 1976), Montrealer Maurice Richard (Habs, 1944) and Cornwall, Ont.-born Newsy Lalonde (Habs, 1919).
The most goals scored by one team in one playoff game was on April 9, 1987, when the Oilers beat Los Angeles 13-3 in Edmonton. Most goals by both teams in one game was 18 when the Kings defeated the Oilers 10-8 on April 7, 1982, again in Edmonton.
Most goals by one team in one period was seven by Montreal on March 30, 1944, in the third period of an 11-0 win over Toronto in the old Forum.
Here’s one that probably will never be broken: most penalty minutes, both teams, one series: 654 by New Jersey and Washington in 1988. There were 218 penalties in the seven-game division final.
A couple of records are about to fall.
In stepping onto the ice Thursday in Detroit, 45-year-old Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios will set the record for most years in the playoffs, 22. The native of Chicago had been tied with Montrealer Ray Bourque at 21.
New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur has 21 career playoff shutouts, and that’s only two fewer than Quebecer Patrick Roy recorded for the Habs and the Avs. Brodeur holds the record for most in one year, seven, set during the Devils’ triumphant 2003 campaign.