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Updated: May 10, 2006, 12:44 PM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider
'A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

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Joffrey Lupul, born in September 1983, scored all four goals in Anaheim's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche in Denver. He's the first player in NHL history to score four goals, including an overtime game-winner, in a playoff game.

That's the most goals for a team, all scored by one player, in any of the more than 1,300 games decided by a one-goal margin in the history of the NHL playoffs.

Two other players scored four-or-more goals in an NHL playoff victory without any goals from teammates; neither of those games, however, was decided by the minimum margin. In 1919, Newsy Lalonde of the Canadiens scored all of his team's goals in a 4-2 win over the Pacific Coast Hockey Association's Seattle Metropolitans (the NHL champions, in that era, met the PCHA champions to determine the Stanley Cup winners); and in 1944, Maurice Richard scored all five of his team's goals in the Canadiens' 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs. (That was the second playoff game of the Rocket's career, and those were his first five playoff goals!)

The last NHL player with four goals in a playoff game was Theo Fleury for Calgary in a 6-4 win over San Jose in 1995. The last player as young as Lupul to score four in an NHL playoff game was 21-year old Tony Hrkac, who did it in the Blues' 6-5 win at Chicago in 1988.


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