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May 26: Oilers establish tradition, take team photo after winning Cup

Plus: Penguins rally to defeat Blackhawks in 1992 Final opener; Brassard helps Rangers avoid elimination

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1988 Cup Final, Gm5: Say Cheese

1988 Cup Final, Gm5: Wayne Gretzky starts team pic

May 26: In his last Cup win and game with Edmonton, Gretzky gathers everyone for a joyful team picture, now a Cup-winning tradition

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 26

1988: The Edmonton Oilers establish an NHL tradition and extend their dynasty on the same night.

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May 25: Messier guarantees victory, delivers for Rangers

Plus: Canadiens win Stanley Cup for third straight season; McDonald ends career as champion with Flames

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Memories: Game 6 Guarantee

Memories: Messier guarantees Game 6 victory

On May 25, 1994, New York Rangers center Mark Messier guarantees a victory in Game 6 against the New Jersey Devils

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 25

1994: Mark Messier delivers on his guarantee that the New York Rangers will defeat the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, scoring three goals in a 4-2 victory at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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May 24: Islanders dynasty is born

Plus: Power outage knocks out lights at Boston Garden; Oilers win Cup for fifth time in seven seasons

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Memories: Nystrom pots OT winner

Memories: Nystrom pots OT Stanley Cup-clinching goal

On May 24, 1980, Islanders forward Bobby Nystrom scores the overtime winner to give the Isles their first of four straight Stanley Cups

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 24

1980: The New York Islanders begin a dynasty when Bobby Nystrom scores 7:11 into overtime to lift them to a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The eighth-year franchise wins the first of four consecutive championships.

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May 23: Vermette give Blackhawks fourth multiple-OT win in 2015 playoffs

Plus: Penguins use record start to defeat North Stars; Capitals return to Final for first time in 20 years

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

2015 Rd3, Gm4: Hawks win in 2OT

2015 Round 3, Game 4: Vermette, Hawks even series

May 23: Chicago's Antoine Vermette ends a back-and-forth Game 4 vs. Anaheim with a 2OT goal as the Blackhawks tie the series 2-2

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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.

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

Plus: NHL expands to 14 teams; Predators advance to Cup Final for first time

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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.

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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

Memories: Habs' fourth straight

Memories: Habs win fourth consecutive Stanley Cup

On May 21, 1979, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers to become the second team in history to win the Cup four straight times

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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; first-year Golden Knights advance to Final

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.

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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

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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. 

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May 18: Skrudland scores fastest overtime goal in playoff history

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

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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 goalie 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 consecutive 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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