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May 21: Canadiens win Cup for fourth straight season

Plus: Islanders repeat as champions; Kings score five in third period to stun Blackhawks

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 21

1979: The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the fourth consecutive season and the sixth time in the 1970s by defeating the New York Rangers 4-1 in Game 5 of the Final at the Forum. 

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May 20: Sabres defeat Flyers in 1975 'Fog Game'

Plus: Lindros gets first playoff hat trick; Chelios plays in 200th postseason game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

1975 Cup Final, Gm3: Foggy Aud

1975 Cup Final, Gm3: Robert's OT goal ends fog game

May 20: Unusually hot weather in Buffalo caused thick fog to rise from the ice; Rene Robert's shot past Flyers Bernie Parent caused the OT win

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 20

1975: The Buffalo Sabres overcome the Philadelphia Flyers and the fog in a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

A hot, humid evening in Buffalo combines with a non-air conditioned Memorial Auditorium to slow things down. Play is interrupted five times by fog during regulation. After Sabres defenseman Bill Hajt scores midway through the third period to tie the game 4-4, it's interrupted seven times during overtime so players and rink attendants can skate around and try to dissipate the fog.

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May 19: Flyers become first expansion team to win Stanley Cup

Plus: Oilers end Islanders dynasty; Sharks goaltender Flaherty makes 56 saves in second playoff start

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 19

1974: The Philadelphia Flyers become the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup when they defeat the Boston Bruins 1-0 at the Spectrum in Game 6 of the Final. 

Rick MacLeish scores a power-play goal at 14:48 of the first period, deflecting Andre Dupont's shot past Gilles Gilbert for what turns out to be the only goal of the game.  

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May 18: Skrudland scores fastest playoff overtime goal

Plus: Beliveau wins Stanley Cup with Canadiens for 10th time; Kurri has hat trick on birthday

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Memories: Skrudland's OT goal

Memories: Skrudland scores fastest OT playoff goal

On May 18, 1986, Brian Skrudland of the Canadiens scored the game-winning goal just nine seconds into overtime, the fastest in playoff history

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 18

1986: Brian Skrudland scores the fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup Playoff history when he beats goaltender Mike Vernon nine seconds into OT to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of the Final at the Saddledome.

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May 17: Islanders win fourth straight Stanley Cup championship

Plus: Lemieux scores in seventh straight playoff game for Penguins; Dryden first goalie to get point in Final

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Isles win fourth Cup

Memories: Isles win fourth-straight Stanley Cup

On May 17, 1983, the New York Islanders became only the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup four consecutive times

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 17

1983: The New York Islanders take their place among the NHL's greatest teams by winning the Stanley Cup for the fourth consecutive year.

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May 16: Canadiens sweep Flyers to begin Cup dynasty

Plus: Islanders win third straight championship; Jari Kurri has another hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 16

1976: The Philadelphia Flyers' aspirations of winning the Stanley Cup for a third consecutive year end when the Montreal Canadiens win 5-3 at the Spectrum to complete a sweep of the Final.

Guy Lafleur scores at 14:18 of the third period to make it 4-3 and Frank Mahovlich beats Flyers goalie Wayne Stephenson less than a minute later for the Canadiens, who win their 19th championship and the first of four in a row.

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May 15: Oilers win longest game in Cup Final history

Plus: New York awarded second NHL team; Phil Esposito traded to Bruins

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Klima scores in 3rd OT

Memories: Petr Klima scores in the 3rd overtime

On May 15, 1990, Oilers forward Petr Klima scores at 15:13 in the 3rd overtime to beat Boston, ending the longest Cup Final game in history

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 15

1990: Petr Klima scores at 15:13 of the third overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a series-opening 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden to win what is still the longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final. 

The Oilers score twice in the first period and take a 2-0 lead into the third, but Boston's Ray Bourque scores early in the third period and after a power outage delays the game for 26 minutes, scores the tying goal with 1:29 left. 

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May 14: Flyers complete rally from 3-0 hole, shock Bruins

Plus: Devils win finale at Boston Garden; Volek, Islanders end Penguins' three-peat bid

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Flyers conquer 3-0 hole

Memories: Flyers erase 3-0 series deficit vs. Bruins

On May 14, 2010, the Flyers complete the comeback, erasing a 3-0 series deficit to beat Boston in Game 7 of the Second Round

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 14

2010: The Philadelphia Flyers become the third team in NHL history and the first in 35 years to win a playoff series after losing the first three games when Simon Gagne's power-play goal with 7:08 remaining in the third period gives them a 4-3 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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May 13: Bruins defeat Maple Leafs in historic Game 7 comeback

Plus: Potvin scores first power-play OT goal in Final; Crosby helps Penguins eliminate Ovechkin, Capitals

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 13

2013: The Boston Bruins become the first NHL team to win Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Playoff series after trailing by three goals in the third period. The Bruins rally to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime at TD Garden to win their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

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May 12: Blues pull off 'Monday Night Miracle'

Plus: Islanders score two shorthanded goals in 47 seconds; Red Wings win record 14th Game 7

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

1986 Conf Finals, Gm6: StL Rally

1986 Conf Finals, Gm6: Blues' Monday Night Miracle

May 12: St. Louis scores three in the 3rd and Doug Wickenheiser's second of the game is the OT game-winner, forcing the Flames to seven games

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 12

1986: The St. Louis Blues pull off the "Monday Night Miracle" with one of the great comebacks in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

The Blues are 20 minutes from elimination when they enter the third period in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference Final trailing the Calgary Flames 4-1. They're down 5-2 with less than 10 minutes remaining, and it's 5-3 with time running out when Greg Paslawski steps into the role of hero. He scores with 4:11 remaining to make it 5-4, then ties the game 5-5 with 1:08 to play.

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