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Today in Hockey History: Brett Hull Breaks Mike Bossy’s Playoff Power Play Goal Record

April 27, 2002: Brett Hull snaps a one-timer past Canuck’s goaltender Peter Skudra for his 36th career power-play playoff goal, breaking Mike Bossy‘s record of 35. 

After the Canucks stole the first two games of their first-round series of the 2002 NHL Playoffs in the old Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings won games 3 through 5.

Entering game 6 with the opportunity to end the series, the Red Wings came out flying, scoring two goals, one by Tomas Holmstrom and Igor Larionov, in the first 4:23 of play.

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But thanks to a power-play goal by Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski and a Henrik Sedin goal 44 seconds later, the score was tied 2-2 entering the second period.

And when Wings defenseman Steve Duchesne took a cross-checking penalty 5:45 into the second, the Canucks home crowd that it was their team’s chance to take the lead and push for a game 7. But then the Wings scored not one, but two, shorthanded goals.

The first coming off Nicklas Lidstrom‘s stick.

Then Brett Hull tallied his first of the game, 30 seconds later, in a true goal-scorers fashion thanks to a quick heads-up pass by Chris Chelios to send him on a breakaway.

It was Hull’s second of the game, a power-play snipe to the top nearside corner 10 minutes and 29 seconds later that tied Mike Bossy’s playoff power-play goal record… and proved to be the game-winner!

But it was Hull’s hat trick goal, his second power-play bury 13:42 into the third period that rewrote the NHL’s history books, sitting him atop the list of all-time NHL career playoff power-play goals.

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