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This Day in Sports History: April 27

This Day in Sports History: April 27

This Day in Sports History: April 27

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

With that in mind, April 27 is a day on which two clutch hockey playoff shots were made and when an epic NBA playoff beatdown took place.

1975: Buffalo Sabres right wing Danny Gare scored a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden at 4:42 into overtime. The goal gave Buffalo a 6-5 win over Montreal in Game 1 of their NHL playoffs semifinals series. The Sabres won the series 4-2.

1985: In the USFL, Memphis Showboats defensive end Reggie White sacked Denver Gold quarterback Bob Gagliano in the end zone for a safety in a 33-17 win at Mile High Stadium.

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1988: Renowned bow hunter and manufacturer Fred Bear died of a heart attack in Gainesville, Florida. He was so respected by the bowhunting community that musician and fellow bow hunter Ted Nugent wrote a song in his honor.

1993: Most of the Zambian national football team was killed in a plane crash. The team was on its way to a World Cup Qualifier in Dakar and the plane's left engine caught fire shortly after taking off from Libreville, Gabon. The pilot accidentally shut off the right engine and the plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.

1997: Florida Panthers right wing Bill Lindsay went airborne and scored the winning goal in a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Miami Arena to win the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 4-1. This was the first playoff series win for the Panthers.

2009: Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points in a 121-63 beatdown of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena in Game 4 of the First Round of the NBA playoffs. The Nuggets went on to win the series 4-1.

— Compiled by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.