On This Date 2/22/1981

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On the one-year anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, two American coaches face each other in the NHL. It is the first time that two American-born coaches met in an NHL game. Larry Pleau, a native of Massachusetts, is making his head coaching debut for the Hartford Whalers, who are led by Craig Patrick, who is the third generation Patrick to coach the Rangers. Pleau’s Whalers beat the Rangers 6-5 at the Hartford Civic Center.