On This Day March 31st.

March 31: On this day in 1936, Hall-of-Famer Bob Pulford was born in Newton Robinson, Ontario. Pulford was a Leaf for fourteen seasons between 1956 and 1970 and played 947 games for Toronto. Along the way he collected 563 points and scored some pivotal goals during the Leaf dynasty years of the 1960's, including some huge goals in the playoffs. In Game 5 of the Finals in 1962 against Chicago, with the series tied at two games apiece, Pulford scored a hat trick leading the Leafs to an 8-4 victory. The Leafs took the Cup in 6 games. In Game 1 of the 1964 Finals, Pulford scored a shorthanded goal with just 2 seconds left to give the Leafs a 3-2 victory. The Leafs defeated the Red Wings in 7 games to win a third consecutive Cup. In the crucial 3rd game of the 1967 Finals, Pulford scored the double-overtime winner to give the Leafs a 2-1 series lead over the Canadiens. Pulford also assisted on Jim Pappin's Cup-winning goal in Game 6 as well as George Armstrong's empty-net goal to clinch the Leafs' 4th Cup in 6 years.

March 31: On this day in 1951, Boston and Toronto played in the last Stanley Cup Playoff Game to end in a tie. The teams were tied at 1-1 through one overtime (in Game 2 of their Semi-Final series) when existing Toronto by-laws made it illegal to begin another period after midnight. The entire game was replayed in Boston.

March 31: On this day in 1958, defenseman Brad Marsh was born in London, Ontario. Marsh is a part of the 1,000 NHL games played club in his career. He was with the Leafs for 181 games between 1988 and 1992. Marsh was never relied upon for his goal-scoring prowess. In his entire career, Marsh netted just 23 goals and only 2 with the Leafs. His biggest goal scoring thrill had to come during the 1993 All-Star game when he scored a goal for the Wales Conference, representing his final NHL team, the Ottawa Senators.

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