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NHL Network presents: Game 1 2011 WCQF: Kings vs. Sharks

Monday, 08.01.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.

Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.

Fans can tune in at 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.


For just the third time in NHL history, two teams from California squared off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second-seeded San Jose Sharks met the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Kings. This Western Conference quarterfinal series also marked the first time ever that these Pacific Division rivals faced each other in the postseason. The Sharks once again entered the postseason with high expectations, having won the Pacific for a fourth straight year. On the other side, the Kings limped into the playoffs after losing leading scorer Anze Kopitar for the season following right ankle surgery.
 
The opening period of Game 1 reflected how the teams finished the regular season, as the Sharks scored 28 seconds into the contest and outshot the Kings 14-3 in the frame. L.A. picked up its game in the second though, notching two goals to San Jose’s one, creating a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes. Jonathan Quick and Antti Niemi kept the teams off the board in the third, and the game headed into overtime at the HP Pavilion.
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Raising the Cup presents: Game 4 1988 Stanley Cup Final

Tuesday, 07.26.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


For the first time since the 1980–81 season, the Edmonton Oilers did not win their division, break the 100-point mark or lead the NHL in goals. But, for the fifth time in six years, they were playing in the Stanley Cup Final. Already a dynasty with three Cups in their last four seasons, the Oilers squared off against the Boston Bruins, making their first appearance in the Final since consecutive trips in 1977 and 1978. 

The defending champion Oilers cruised into the Final, losing just two games in the first three rounds, and they would continue their winning ways against the B's. Edmonton doubled up the Bruins in each of the first three games -- 2-1, 4-2 and 6-3 -- with the first two games taking place North of the Border and the last of the three on Boston ice.
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Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 1987 Stanley Cup Final

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


After a heartbreaking second-round loss to the Calgary Flames a year earlier, the Edmonton Oilers found themselves back in the Stanley Cup Final in 1987. Edmonton was making its fourth Final appearance in five years, seeking its third championship in four seasons. A familiar foe was there to greet them in the Philadelphia Flyers, as the teams battled for the Cup in a rematch of the '85 Final, which the Oilers won in five games.

This time around, the Flyers boasted a Vezina-winning goaltender who they hoped could shut down Edmonton's vaunted offense: Ron Hextall. The 23-year-old netminder would have his hands full with three of the top four scorers in the League: Wayne Gretzky (183 points to lead the League), Jari Kurri (108 points), and Mark Messier (107 points). The stage was set for an epic series between the teams which finished with the two best records in the League for the third year in a row.
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Raising the Cup presents: Game 5 1986 Stanley Cup Final

Friday, 07.22.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


Other than being Canadian, the two teams battling in the 1986 Stanley Cup Final had little in common. The Flames had been in Calgary for only a few years and were making their first Final appearance. Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens, playing in their 32nd Final, had -- and still have -- one of the most enduring legacies in sports. But the series is probably best associated with the emergence of one individual: Patrick Roy, perhaps the greatest goalie of all-time. The rookie goaltender burst on the scene with an incredible postseason performance that led to the first of his record three Conn Smythe trophies.

Roy had a rough start to the Final though, as the Habs fell 5-2 in the series opener in Calgary. A bit of history propelled the Canadiens in Game 2, as Brian Skrudland scored nine seconds into overtime, ending the shortest OT in NHL playoff history. Roy carried the club the rest of the way, blanking the Flames in a 1-0 Game 4 victory, and making several key stops in the Game 5 clincher, when Montreal captured its 23rd Stanley Cup.
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Raising the Cup presents: Game 5 1985 Stanley Cup Final

Thursday, 07.21.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


The 1985 Stanley Cup Final featured a clash of youth and experience. The Philadelphia Flyers were the youngest team in professional sports that year with a relatively-unknown coach in Mike Keenan and a second-year player, Dave Poulin, as captain. Contrarily, the defending Cup champion Edmonton Oilers showcased some of the legendary figures in the sport and were making their third consecutive Final appearance, which is the last time an NHL team accomplished that feat.

After the clubs split the first two games in the City of Brotherly Love, the series shifted North of the Border for the next three matchups. Wayne Gretzky provided early heroics in Game 3, scoring twice in the first 90 seconds and notching a hat trick by the first intermission, as the Oilers took control of the series with a 4-3 win. In Game 4, "The Great One" tallied two more goals and Edmonton scored four unanswered en route to a 5-3 win and a commanding 3-1 series lead.
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Raising the Cup presents: Game 4 1983 Stanley Cup Final

Monday, 07.18.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


After having swept the Canucks in 1982 for a dynastic third Stanley Cup championship, the Islanders entered the 1983 Stanley Cup Final against the high-flying Edmonton Oilers, a team filled with youth, talent and led by young superstar Wayne Gretzky.   

Edmonton scored 424 regular-season goals and lost only one game in its previous three opening round series combined against Winnipeg, Calgary and Chicago.  However, the Oilers suddenly found themselves down 0-3 in their first-ever Final thanks large in part to the heroics of Islanders goaltender Billy Smith.  Thanks to Smith's impenetrable performances in Games 1 through 3, where the Isles outscored the Oilers a combined 13-4, New York could embrace Game 4 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with a sweep in mind. 

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NHL Network presents: Game 7 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Sunday, 07.10.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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An exhilarating series would reach its pinnacle on this night, as Philadelphia hosted Game 7 of the East Quarterfinals against Buffalo. Ryan Miller had flashes of brilliance in the series, as did the Flyers' potent offense. Buffalo had won two of three in Philadelphia, and Philly's goaltending situation was far from stable. So many storylines surrounded this matchup, but one thing remained certain: the Flyers would do all they could to protect home ice in the final game of this first round series.

With each team looking for an ice-breaking goal in the first period, Philadelphia got a spark from defenseman Braydon Coburn, who opened the scoring with only 19 seconds left in the opening period. Brian Boucher, who got the call in Game 7, finished the job from there as the Philadelphia offense picked up full steam. Boucher stopped 26 of 28 shots on the evening, and the Flyers chased Ryan Miller after Danny Briere, James van Riemsdyk and Ville Leino found the back of the net to make it 4-0 in their favor.

Philadelphia went on to earn a convincing 5-2 triumph in Game 7 to oust Buffalo and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the second straight year.
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NHL Network presents: Game 5 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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As Buffalo and Philadelphia resumed their unpredictable series at the Wells Fargo Center for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, it was inevitable that the physicality of this matchup would carry over to this crucial contest.

The Sabres came out with an extra jolt of energy in Game 5, as Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek notched goals in the first four minutes of the game, and rookie Marc-Andre Gragnani added another late in the opening frame to give Buffalo a glaring 3-0 advantage. But Philadelphia eventually rallied behind third-string goaltender Michael Leighton and found its offensive rhythm, as James van Riemsdyk and blueliner Andrej Meszaros scored in the second to lead the Flyers' rally at home.

Mike Richards then set up Danny Briere in front of the net for a momentum-shifting goal early in the third to erase a three-goal deficit and eventually send the game into overtime. But in the extra session, Buffalo turned the tables again. Tyler Ennis bailed out his squad with the game-winning goal in OT as the Sabres grabbed a 4-3 victory and a 3-2 series lead heading back home with a chance to close out the Flyers in Game 6.
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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Thursday, 07.07.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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The Sabres set the tone in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Flyers after Ryan Miller's brilliant shutout in Game 1. But suddenly, Buffalo found itself staring at a potential 3-1 deficit heading into Game 4 at HSBC Arena. The pressure would again fall on Miller's shoulders.

The Sabres invigorated their home crowd early as Rob Niedermayer found Jason Pominville for a point blank tally midway through the first period. From that point on, Game 4 was defined by the strong play in net by both goaltenders. Despite Brian Boucher stopping 28 of 29 Buffalo shots, Miller registered his second shutout of the series in another 1-0 triumph for Buffalo. This time, his masterful effort sent the series back to Philadelphia even at two games apiece.

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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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Entering a pivotal Game 3 on Buffalo ice, Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette was faced with a difficult decision. Would he give his starter, Sergei Bobrovsky, the nod after a rough stretch in Game 2, or would he ride the hot hand and opt for Brian Boucher?

Laviolette elected to start Boucher, and the netminder answered the call nicely by stopping 35 of 37 shots on the night. With the score tied 1-1, Danny Briere lit the lamp early in the second to give Philadelphia a lead it would not relinquish in enemy territory.

The Sabres found life late in the second period, drawing within a goal on Nathan Gerbe's wrister. But this night belonged to the man in the crease, as Boucher held Buffalo scoreless in the third and Kimmo Timonen tallied an empty netter in the closing seconds as Philadelphia prevailed, 4-2, at HSBC Arena.
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