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This Date in Playoff History: May 11

Monday, 05.11.2009 / 12:06 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Semifinals

By Adam Schwartz - Staff Writer

1968: The Canadiens beat the Blues, 3-2, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final giving the Habs their first of two consecutive four-game sweeps against the Blues in the Final. This was Montreal coach Toe Blake's 11th Cup. He had won three as a player and eight as a coach.

1972: Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers shut out the Rangers, 3-0, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, giving Boston their second Cup in three seasons. The shutout was Cheevers' second of that playoff year and his fifth of his career.

1975: The Islanders beat the Flyers, 2-1, in at the Nassau Coliseum in Game 6 of their second-round series tying the series at three games apiece after Philadelphia won the first three games. The Flyers won the series two nights later in Philadelphia.

1993: Los Angeles center Gary Shuchuk scored 26:31 into overtime in giving the Kings a 4-3 win in Game 5 giving the Kings a 3-2 series lead in their second-round series against Vancouver. The goal was one of two that Shuchuk, who scored 13 goals in a 143 regular-season games, would score in that playoff season and in his career. Two nights later, the King finished off the Canucks with a 5-3 win in Los Angeles.

1996: The Penguins eliminated the Rangers with a 7-3 win in Game 5 of their second-round series and Pittsburgh right wing Jaromir Jagr had a hat trick.

1997: Rangers right wing Adam Graves beat Devils goalie Martin Brodeur on a wraparound at 14:08 of overtime giving the Rangers a 2-1 win in Game 5 of their second-round series, eliminating the Devils. The Rangers would proceed to lose in five games to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Final, this was the last time that the Rangers made it to the conference final to date.

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