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'Raising the Cup' schedule for July 12-16

Monday, 07.12.2010 / 8:00 AM / NHL Network

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'Raising the Cup' schedule for July 12-16
NHL Network-U.S. begins its special series of Stanley Cup clinchers the week of July 5 by highlighting the 1975-79 clinching games.
Every weekday throughout July and August, the NHL Network-U.S. will air a special series, "35 Years of Stanley Cup Clinchers, 1975-2010." Fans can watch a re-broadcast of Stanley Cup-clinching games from seasons past with a chance to vote for their top five contests. Those top five games -- Fans' Choice Encores -- will air from Aug. 23-27.

Here is the schedule for July 12-16:

Monday, July 12
1980: Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, Game 6

Video Highlights

In their eighth NHL season, the New York Islanders became the second expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. Two players, Bill Smith and Bob Nystrom, had been with the team since it's inception in 1972-73.

In Game 1, defenseman Denis Potvin scored the first-ever overtime power-play goal in Stanley Cup history. The Flyers' Jimmy Watson went off at the 2:08 mark, and Potvin scored 1:59 later to end the game and give the Islanders their first win in the Final. Nystrom also scored an overtime goal, the Cup-winner, in Game 6, to raise his career total to four playoff overtime goals. Maurice "Rocket" Richard, who scored 6 overtime playoff goals, owns the all-time record.

Tuesday, July 13
1981: Minnesota at N.Y. Islanders, Game 5

Video Highlights

 
The New York Islanders captured a second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, needing five games to defeat the Minnesota North Stars. For Minnesota, it marked the club's first trip to the Final since joining the NHL in 1967-68.

With 17 goals and 18 assists, New York's Mike Bossy established new records for points (35) and power-play goals (9) in one playoff year.

Dino Ciccarelli of Minnesota broke Don Maloney's rookie scoring record with 21 playoff points and Steve Christoff 's rookie mark for playoff goals with 14.

Wednesday, July 14
1982: N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, Game 4

Video Highlights

The New York Islanders distinguished themselves as the first U.S.-based team in history to win three consecutive Stanley Cup championships with a sweep of the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks, meanwhile, became the first Vancouver team since the 1922 Millionaires of the Western Canada Hockey League to appear in the Stanley Cup Final.

Mike Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy after scoring 7 goals in the four-game series, tying the modern record for most goals in the Final set by Jean Beliveau in 1956.

Bryan Trottier tallied 23 assists in 19 games to set a new playoff record, while goalie Bill Smith amassed a 15-4 mark to equal his own record for playoff wins.

Thursday, July 15
1983: Edmonton at N.Y. Islanders, Game 4

Video Highlights

The New York Islanders won their fourth straight Stanley Cup title to become only the second NHL franchise in history to amass that many consecutive championships. The Montreal Canadiens own the all-time record with five consecutive Cup wins from 1955-56 to 1959-60. The Canadiens also won four in a row between 1975-76 and 1978-79.

Goaltender Bill Smith won the Conn Smythe Trophy after limiting the Edmonton Oilers to just six goals in four games and shutting out the Campbell Conference champions in seven of 12 periods of play.

In his first appearance in the Final, Wayne Gretzky tallied 4 assists on the Oilers' six goals.

Friday, July 16
1984: N.Y. Islanders at Edmonton, Game 5

Video Highlights

The Edmonton Oilers, who joined the NHL in 1979-80 along with the Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets, became the first of the four former World Hockey Association clubs to win the Stanley Cup.

In his first championship game, Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr posted a shutout to hand the defending champion New York Islanders their first loss in 10 Final series games.

Four different Oilers -- Kevin McClelland, Glenn Anderson, Mark Messier and Ken Linseman -- scored game-winning goals. Messier had 8 goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 19 games and won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

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