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Dye, Blake among heroes in potential Cup-clinching games

St. Patricks forward only player with four goals; Canadiens forward holds record with five points @NHLdotcom

Babe Dye's performance for the Toronto St. Patricks in Game 5 of the 1922 Stanley Cup Final is arguably still the best by any player whose team was in position to win the Cup -- or lose it.

Dye scored four of Toronto's five goals in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, giving Toronto a 3-2 victory in the deciding game of the best-of-5 series. No other player whose team was in position to win or lose the Cup has scored four goals in a game.

There have been 60 multigoal performances by a player whose team could win the Stanley Cup, including three hat tricks, all before 1946.


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Toe Blake of the Montreal Canadiens holds the records for most assists (four) and points (five) in a game when his team could win the Cup. Blake had one goal and four assists in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win in Game 4 of the 1944 Final that completed a sweep of the Chicago Black Hawks.

A player has had at least three assists in a potential Cup-clinching game on nine occasions, including five in the expansion era (since 1967-68). The last to do so was Bill Guerin of the New Jersey Devils, who had three assists against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the 1995 Cup Final.

In addition to Blake, there have been five other instances when a player had at least four points for a team that could clinch the Cup. Three have come during the expansion era: Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers each had one goal and three assists in Game 5 of the 1985 Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers, and Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins had a goal and three assists against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 6 of the 1991 Final.

Since 1956, the most saves by a goalie whose team was in position to win the Cup is 63 by Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of the 1996 Final, a 1-0 triple-overtime road victory against the Florida Panthers. The most saves in such a game that ended in regulation is 40 by Toronto's Terry Sawchuk in 1967 (Game 6, a 3-1 home win against the Canadiens) and Philadelphia's Ron Hextall in 1987 (Game 7, a 3-1 road loss to the Oilers).

The Stanley Cup has been won via shutout 22 times. The last time was 2017, when Pittsburgh's Matt Murray made 27 saves in a 2-0 road win against the Nashville Predators.

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Dye is also the only player to score four goals in a game for a team that would have lost the Cup Final. 

Overall, there have been 64 multigoal performances by a player whose team needed to win in the Final; that includes seven hat tricks, with the only two in the modern era (since 1943-44) coming in defeats -- Chicago's Pit Martin (Game 6 in 1973 against Montreal) and Dirk Graham (Game 4 in 1992 against Pittsburgh).

The most assists by a player in a stay-alive game in the Cup Final is four. It has happened twice: Brad Maxwell of the North Stars had four assists in Game 4 of the 1981 Final against the New York Islanders, and Brian Propp of the Flyers did it in Game 5 against the Oilers in 1987.

The most points by a player whose team had to win to stay alive in the Cup Final is five, achieved by teammates Don Metz (three goals, two assists) and Syl Apps (two goals, three assists) in Toronto's 9-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the 1942 Final, a series won by the Maple Leafs after they lost the first three games. A player has recorded at least four points in this circumstance eight times, with Propp and Maxwell accounting for the only instances during the past 45 years.

The most saves by a goalie whose team needed to win to stay alive in the Final is 55. It has been done twice, each in a triple-overtime game. Florida's John Vanbiesbrouck made 55 saves in the 1-0 loss to Colorado in Game 4 in 1996, and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury made 55 against Detroit in Game 5 of the 2008 Cup Final, a 4-3 victory. The most in such a game ending in regulation is 44 by Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 in 2016, a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins is the last goalie to win Game 7 of the Cup Final with a shutout; he made 37 saves in a 4-0 road win against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. The last time a goalie extended his team's season with a shutout in a win-or-go-home game in the Cup Final was Game 6 in 2006, when Jussi Markkanen of the Oilers made 16 saves in a 4-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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