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This Date in NHL History

May 23: Antoine Vermette scores to give Blackhawks double-overtime win

Plus: Penguins get off to record start against North Stars; Whalers change name from New England to Hartford

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 23

2015: The Chicago Blackhawks continue their success in extra-long Stanley Cup Playoff games when Antoine Vermette scores 5:37 into the second overtime for a series-tying 5-4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at United Center.

It's the fourth win for Chicago in as many overtime games during the 2015 playoffs; each of the four goes past the first overtime. The Blackhawks are the first team in NHL history to win four multiple-overtime games in the same playoff year.

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May 22: Nicklas Lidstrom appears in record 228th straight playoff game

Plus: NHL expands to 12 teams; Kings end 19-year Cup Final drought

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Memories: Lidstrom's 228th

Memories: Lidstrom plays 228th straight playoff game

On May 22, 2009, Red Wings Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom played in his 228th consecutive playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 22

2009: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom sets an NHL record by playing in his 228th consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff game, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. 

Lidstrom's second-period goal starts Detroit's comeback from down three goals. Lidstrom breaks the record set by Larry Robinson from 1973-92. He finishes his NHL career with 263 postseason games played, second all-time to former teammate Chris Chelios (266), and plays on four Stanley Cup-winning teams before retiring in 2012.

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May 21: Canadiens win Cup for fourth straight season

Plus: Mike Vernon earns fourth playoff shutout; Kings score five in third period to defeat Blackhawks

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 21

1979: The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the fourth consecutive season, and for 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: Fog interrupts Sabres, Flyers

Plus: Eric Lindros scores first playoff hat trick; Chris Chelios plays in 200th postseason game

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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 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; Wade Flaherty of Sharks makes 56 saves in second playoff start

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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: Brian Skrudland scores fastest playoff overtime goal

Plus: Jean Beliveau wins Stanley Cup for 10th time; Jari 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: Mario Lemieux sets Penguins playoff record; Ken Dryden first goalie to get point in Final

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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

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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 breaks a 3-3 tie at 14:18 of the third period 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: Phil Esposito traded to Bruins; New York awarded second NHL team

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 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 rally from 3-0 hole, shock Bruins

Plus: Devils win finale at Boston Garden; David Volek ends Penguins' bid for third straight Stanley Cup championship

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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