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Mark Messier backs up his guarantee for Rangers

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The Stanley Cup Final is set. Either the Pittsburgh Penguins will become the first repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, or the Nashville Predators will win the Cup for the first time since debuting in the 1998-99 season. Game 1 is in Pittsburgh on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Pittsburgh outlasted the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, three days after the Predators completed a victory in the Western Conference Final with a 6-3 defat of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6.

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

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J.J. Daigneault goal in Game 6 of Stanley Cup Final shook Spectrum

Capped Flyers' comeback from down two against Oilers

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

J.J. Daigneault won't ever forget the huge role he played for the Philadelphia Flyers in "The Night the Spectrum Shook," Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers on May 28, 1987.

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Devils-Rangers showdown 23 years ago still unforgettable today

NHL.com's Shawn P. Roarke lists Game 7 of Eastern Conference Final on May 27, 1994, as most memorable

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Editor's note: As part of the League's Centennial celebration, NHL.com staff members were asked to write about their favorite Stanley Cup Playoff memory. Today, Director of Editorial Shawn P. Roarke looks back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers on May 27, 1994.

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Mark Messier backed guarantee of Rangers victory with hat trick

Captain scored three goals in season-saving win against Devils on May 25, 1994

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

One day before Mark Messier scored his hat trick 23 years ago, three goals that pulled the New York Rangers off the mat and willed them to a win that for half the game looked like an impossibility, he spoke to a gathering of reporters at practice.

Messier had a message to send before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils on May 25, 1994. With the Rangers trailing 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, his intention was to show confidence in his teammates that they could go into New Jersey, win Game 6, avoid elimination, come back across the Hudson River and win Game 7 at Madison Square Garden two days later.

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Lanny McDonald relished closing NHL career with Stanley Cup

Helped Flames defeat Canadiens at Forum to win championship on May 25, 1989

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Lanny McDonald did not have to think for long when asked about his favorite playoff memory. He responded immediately with May 25, 1989, the date of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens.

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Islanders dynasty began 37 years ago

Bobby Nystrom's goal at 7:11 of overtime in Game 6 against Flyers gave New York first of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

It's a scene that still thrills New York Islanders fans: forward Bobby Nystrom's backhand chip of a pass from linemate John Tonelli sailing past Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Pete Peeters, giving the former NHL laughingstocks the first of what became four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

At 7:11 of overtime 37 years ago Wednesday, on May 24, 1980, a sweltering Saturday afternoon, the Stanley Cup took up residence on Long Island.

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Devils-Senators Game 7 resonates 14 years later

NHL.com's Tom Gulitti calls New Jersey victory favorite playoff memory

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Editor's note: As part of the League's Centennial celebration, NHL.com staff members were asked to write about their favorite Stanley Cup Playoff memory. Today, Staff Writer Tom Gulitti looks back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators on May 23, 2003.

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Jacques Lemaire, Gilbert Perreault portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of Montreal Canadiens center Jacques Lemaire and Buffalo Sabres center Gilbert Perreault are unveiled in the 18th installment.

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This Week in Centennial History

Sabres defeat Flyers in "Fog Game" in 1975 Stanley Cup Final

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The combination of music and hockey is reaching a new level in Nashville this spring. Not only has the Predators' first trip to the Western Conference Final brought packed houses to Bridgestone Arena, it also has brought out some of the biggest names in music to sing the national anthem. This week, Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban joined the list of high-profile anthem singers during the playoffs, following country music stars Carrie Underwood (wife of Predators center Mike Fisher), Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Vince Gill (a longtime season-ticket holder).

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

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Sabres, Flyers played 'Fog Game' in Stanley Cup Final 42 years ago

High humidity, bat flying near ice made for bizarre scene

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Fog rose from the ice. A bat circled inside the arena. About all that was missing from Game 3 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final was the theme from "The Twilight Zone."

The defending champion Philadelphia Flyers had won the first two games against the Buffalo Sabres at home at the Spectrum, an air-conditioned arena less than eight years old. But Game 3 on May 20, 1975 -- the "Fog Game," as it became known -- was played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, a facility built in 1940 and missing some modern amenities, including air conditioning.

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