NHL History: Today in 1966, Toronto Maple Leafs use three goalies in a game for the first time in NHL history

April 3rd, 1966 was a weird night for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team was facing off against the Detroit Red Wings in their respective regular-season finales, a game that ended in a 3-3 tie.
And many years before there were such things as emergency backup goalies, on that fateful night the Maple Leafs played three goalies in a single game for the first time in league history.
Johnny Bower started the game in net, holding the Red Wings scoreless before Terry Sawchuk stepped in for the second frame giving up a goal to Detroit’s Norm Ullman.
Then, in the third frame, Bruce Gamble came into the game as both Bower and Sawchuk fell ill.
Even stranger, Bower took over running the bench from Punch Imlach in the third period. Imlach, for whatever reason, decided to take on the third period from the stands.
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Antonio Davis dominates the Knicks in 2001

In April of 2001, the Raptors won their first-ever playoff series — but they wouldn’t have done it without Antonio Davis Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at Toronto’s first playoff series win: The first round in 2001.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (47-35, 5th seed) vs. New York Knicks (48-34, 4th seed)
The Outcome
Toronto defeats New York 3-2 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
The Raptors recovered from a 2-1 series deficit to win the series on the road in Madison Square Garden behind Alvin Williams’ clutch, series-clinching jumper (off a broken play) with 40 seconds to go.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
That Antonio Davis, coming off his lone All-Star season, dominated the series, beating the Knicks at what used to be their own game.
For years, the Knicks pushed everyone around — even Michael Jordan’s Bulls, although they never did beat Jordan. But in 2001, following the trade of Patrick Ewing and seeing Larry Johnson’s season cut short due to back injury, …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ