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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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NHL Insider

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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NHL Centennial

Ron Francis has vivid memories of Penguins streak

Pittsburgh's NHL-record run of 17 straight wins ended 24 years ago

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

It's been 24 years since the Pittsburgh Penguins won and won and won again, with 17 straight victories between March 9 and April 10, 1993, until they finally tied on April 14, their NHL consecutive-wins record still standing.

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Centennial Moment

Canadiens dynasty made history 57 years ago

Montreal won Cup for NHL-record fifth straight time

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

By all accounts, the visitors dressing room at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto was a happy but relatively subdued place, not exactly a reflection of the history the Montreal Canadiens had written moments earlier.

It was April 14, 1960, and the Canadiens had just won their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup championship with a 4-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the minimum eight games, Montreal had disposed of the Chicago Black Hawks and then the Maple Leafs to sweep to yet another championship.

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Rangers look to build on 'pretty good' win

Forward Rick Nash says New York needs to improve offensive, have better start against Canadiens in Game 2

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL - No one on the New York Rangers is suggesting that they had played a perfect game on Wednesday. But a 2-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series was a fine foundation on which to build.

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Greatest NHL Teams

Top 10 Canadiens championship teams

Ranking the best of Montreal's 24 Stanley Cup winners

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Editor's note: Starting Thursday, as part of the NHL's Centennial Celebration, fans can pick the NHL's Greatest Stanley Cup Championship Team by using a unique interactive and digital mobile program.

All 96 NHL teams who have won the Stanley Cup are in the running, including 23 of the 24 Montreal Canadiens teams who have been crowned champions. The process will conclude in June with the top championship winner being named. As it begins, NHL.com Columinst Dave Stubbs, who has been writing about the Canadiens for more than 30 years, ranks all of Montreal's title teams from 1 to 24. Make your Greatest Team picks

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NHL Insider

Henrik Lundqvist silences critical Bell Centre fans

Responds to pregame mocking with sterling performance, shutout

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- The derisive chants of "Lund-qvist! … Lund-qvist!" went up in Bell Centre during Wednesday's warmup, and then again at increased volume while the ice was still wet following the opening faceoff.

But by night's end, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had silenced a frustrated crowd in stoning the Montreal Canadiens with a stellar performance, turning aside 31 shots for a 2-0 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

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