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Impact!
NHL.com's Online Magazine
May/2003, Vol. 1, Issue 8
  • Stanley Cup lore is loaded with unlikely stars

  • Seven great players, but no Cups

  • Rangers' 1994 triumph was unforgettable

  • Can Wings still become a Dynasty?

  • Lester Patrick brought the Playoffs to the NHL

  • Some things to know about the Stanley Cup Finals

  • NHL another Dream Theater for LaBrie

  • Behind the scenes: Central Scouting can see them all

  • Photo of the month

  • Back issues of Impact

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    Wayne Gretzky
    Wayne Gretzky had the most assists in a seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Finals. Do you know how many he had?

    Just the facts
    Here are some things to know about the Stanley Cup Finals
    Compiled by Rob Picarello | NHL.com



    The Stanley Cup Finals are one of the great spectacles in all of sports. Here are sone fun facts you might not have known about the Quest for the Cup. Remember, the 2003 Finals aren't included.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Teams winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals have won the Cup 50 of 64 times (78 percent).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Teams winning both Games 1 and 2 have won the Cup 37 of 40 times (93 percent).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Teams winning Games 1, 2 and 3 have won the Cup 24 of 25 times (96 percent).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Teams winning Game 3 after splitting the first two games have won the Cup 21 of 24 times (88 percent).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Teams holding a 2-1 series lead have won the Cup 34 of 39 times (87 percent).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Teams winning Game 5 after splitting the first four games have won the Cup 13 of 17 times (76 percent).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Teams holding a 3-2 series lead have won the Cup 23 of 28 times.

    DID YOU KNOW? --There have been 15 sub-.500 teams that have played in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- The 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars were the last sub-.500 team (27-39-14) to reach the Finals.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- The 1936-37 New York Rangers were the first sub-.500 team (19-20-9) to reach the Finals.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- The 1937-38 Chicago Blackhawks had the worst winning percentage (.385) of all the teams that have ever made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

     Maurice Richard
    Maurice Richard holds the record for most career goals in the Stanley Cup Finals. Can you guess how many he scored?
    DID YOU KNOW? -- New York Islanders defenseman Ken Morrow was the first player in hockey history to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup title in the same year (1980).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan were the only two NHL players to win both the Stanley Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal in 2002.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- The Montreal Canadiens have the most Stanley Cup championships in NHL history with 24.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- The Montreal Canadiens have the most consecutive Stanley Cup championships in NHL history with 5.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- The 1951 Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs had the most overtime games in one series with five.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Jacques Plante has the most career wins by a goaltender in the Stanley Cup Finals with 25.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Clint Benedict has the lowest career goals-against (1.55) average in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Gordie Howe has the most points in a seven-game series (12).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Paul Coffey and Brian Leetch hold the record for most points scored by a defenseman in a series (11).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Maurice Richard has the most career goals in the Stanley Cup Finals with 34.

    DID YOU KNOW? --Jean Beliveau has the most career points in the Stanley Cup Finals with 62.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Maurice Richard has the most career overtime goals in the Stanley Cup Finals with three.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Wayne Gretzky has the most assists in a seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Finals with nine.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Jaromir Jagr holds the record for most assists in a series by a rookie with 5.

    Scotty Bowman
    Can you name this former Red Wing bench boss who has the most wins by a coach in Stanley Cup championship history?
    DID YOU KNOW? -- NHL.com columnist Mel Bridgman holds the record for most penalty minutes in one series with 53.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Gordie Howe holds the record for most career penalty minutes in the Stanley Cup Finals with 94.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Brian Skrudland holds the record for the fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup Finals' history (:09).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Scotty Bowman has the most wins by a coach in Stanley Cup championship history (9).

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Hap Day's .714 winning percentage is the best by a coach who has coached at least 15 games in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Wayne Gretzky has the most career assists in the Stanley Cup Finals with 35.

    DID YOU KNOW? -- Jean Beliveau has the most career game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Finals with nine.