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This date in Devils history: April 22

Sundstrom leads the way as Devs blast Caps, 10-4, in Patrick Div. finals

Tuesday, 04.22.2008 / 12:06 PM ET / Features
By Eric Marin
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This date in Devils history: April 22
Sundstrom still holds a share of the league record for points in a playoff game (8).
newjerseydevils.com (April 22) – Twenty years ago today, Patrik Sundstrom was unstoppable.

On April 22, 1988, Sundstrom recorded an NHL-record eight points for the Devils, who dumped the Washington Capitals, 10-4, in Game 3 of the Patrick Division finals.

Sundstrom tallied a hat trick and added five assists on the night, which is tied for second all-time.

The eight-point feat was matched a year later, when Mario Lemieux netted five goals and three assists against Philadelphia.

After finishing fifth on the team in regular-season scoring (15g-36a-51pts) in 1988, Sundstrom was instrumental in New Jersey's first postseason run. The native of Skelleftea, Sweden, led the way in the second round with a team-high 10 points (4g-6a),  and the Devils narrowly outscored the Caps, 25-23, to advance to the third round.

The Devils took out Washington in seven games, ultimately falling in seven to the Boston Bruins in the Wales Conference finals. 

Only five Devils have ever scored a postseason hat trick, and three alone came in that series with Washington. Aaron Broten potted three in Game 2, lifting the team to a 5-2 win at the Cap Centre in Landover, Md. Mark Johnson did Sundstrom one better in Game 3, contributing four goals.

On April 22, 1997 – exactly nine years later – Valeri Zelepukin scored three against Montreal in a 6-4 Devils win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

John Madden accounted for New Jersey's most recent hat trick in Game 2 (April 24) of the Devils' quarterfinal sweep of the New York Rangers in 2006.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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