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NHL Centennial

Canadiens set standard with Stanley Cup Final winning streak

Made it 10 straight May 16, 1978, against Bruins in OT

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- It has often been said that the Montreal Canadiens were almost unbeatable during their dynasty of the mid-to-late 1970s. For a time, during the Stanley Cup Final in that era, that was an absolute.

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NHL Centennial

Glenn Hall embraces allowing 'The Goal' to Bobby Orr

In famous photo of Bruins winning Stanley Cup against Blues in OT 47 years ago

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

It is a sorry fact of life for an elite goaltender that his most famous image almost surely will be not of him making a brilliant save, but of him having just given up a late-game or overtime goal of perhaps historic proportion.

There was the Montreal Canadiens' Gerry McNeil, for example, beaten by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Bill Barilko in overtime in Game 5 of the 1951 Stanley Cup Final to give the Maple Leafs the title.

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All-time playoff stats for Gretzky, Howe, all players now on NHL.com

Fans can explore every postseason box score, player game logs from 1917-18 to present

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

A century of the NHL has been about the men who have played the game. It's been about the battles they have waged, the Stanley Cup titles they have won, sometimes against all odds, and the championships they have not won when everything suggested that the sterling trophy was all but engraved.

Thumb back through the pages charting the players and the momentous Stanley Cup Playoff games and the often incredible events that changed the complexion of a series, a game, a period or even a shift, and you will find so many numbers.

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NHL Centennial

Claude Lemieux made playoff history with Canadiens

20-year-old became first NHL rookie to score Game 7 overtime goal on April 29, 1986

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Claude Lemieux arrived at the 1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs having scored two goals in 19 NHL regular-season games during parts of three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.

That postseason, the 20-year-old played 20 games for the Canadiens and had 16 points (10 goals, six assists). He helped Montreal win a Stanley Cup championship and set a playoff record that will never be eclipsed.

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NHL Centennial

Jean Beliveau's lone overtime goal in playoffs was classic

Canadiens center scored to eliminate Bruins 48 years ago

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- The late, legendary Jean Beliveau remains atop the Montreal Canadiens' playoff lists for points (176) and power-play goals (26). He will not be toppled from those pedestals anytime soon.

Beliveau's 79 career playoff goals rank second in Canadiens history behind Maurice "Rocket" Richard (82), and with 97 assists he trails only defenseman Larry Robinson (109). But you'll find the Hall of Fame center far down on the Canadiens' list of overtime goals scored, behind less-famous names Yvon Lambert, Russ Courtnall, Alex Galchenyuk and others.

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NHL Centennial

Bob Baun goal for Maple Leafs legendary

On fractured ankle, defenseman scored in OT in Game 6 of 1964 Stanley Cup Final

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

The list of injuries grows with each team's elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As players pack up for the offseason, you learn that many were skating with torn muscles, damaged or even separated joints, bodies held together with equal parts medical science and willpower.

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Mika Zibanejad caps dominant OT for Rangers in Game 5

Forward 'blacks out' after scoring game-winner against Canadiens, moves New York one victory from advancing

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL - At some point, New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad is going to see the beauty of his game-winning goal. He didn't remember much in the immediate aftermath of it, having scored 14:22 into overtime to put his team up 3-2 over the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round best-of-7 series on Thursday. 

"I blacked out, to be honest with you," Zibenajad said with a laugh in the locker room, speaking beneath the Broadway Hat voted by the Rangers to their most valuable player of the game.

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NHL Insider

Canadiens, Red Wings made history in Europe

Played first NHL games outside North America 79 years ago

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- The wire dispatch ran four paragraphs in the Montreal Gazette on March 28, 1938, and now, three years after the idea was floated, it seemed almost certain: Two NHL teams would steam across the Atlantic Ocean for an exhibition tour of England and France.

The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, each eliminated from the chase for the Stanley Cup, would play nine exhibition games -- the first NHL games outside North America -- barnstorming three small arenas in London and Brighton, England, with a detour to Paris to give fans a taste of professional hockey as served up by two famous teams.

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Dave Keon excited by playoff showing of young Maple Leafs

Hockey Hall of Famer impressed by former team's performance against Capitals

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- In 10 of the past 11 seasons prior to this one, the Toronto Maple Leafs were either on the golf course or dusting off their clubs by this time in April.

As he headed out to play 18 holes in Florida on Wednesday, Dave Keon listened to the ugly statistic over the phone.

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No solace for Henrik Lundqvist in OT loss

Makes 54 saves against Canadiens but Rangers miss chance to take command of series

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- For several minutes after the final siren Friday night, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sat silently on his Bell Centre dressing-room bench still wearing his leg pads and skates, holding his bowed head in his hands, his thoughts quite possibly peppered with pucks that still were flying at him.

Lundqvist had just absorbed his first Stanley Cup Playoff loss in Montreal, a 4-3 overtime decision to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round, and with 54 saves, weathered the busiest night in his 118-game NHL postseason career.

Finally, having shed his pads and stripped the yards of tape off the shin pads beneath them, hurling one ball of it against a wall in frustration, he pulled on a sweatshirt, took a deep breath and looked into the forest of cameras and microphones gathered in front of him.

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