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This Date in NHL History

June 1: Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions

Plus: Gretzky, Kings win first Final game; Red Wings end playoff OT losing streak at home

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Greatest Teams: 1991-92 Penguins

1991-92 Penguins win second consecutive Stanley Cup

Mario Lemieux won his second straight Conn Smythe and the Penguins swept the Blackhawks to capture their second consecutive Stanley Cup

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1992: The Pittsburgh Penguins win their second straight Stanley Cup championship and complete a sweep of the Final by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 6-5 victory in Game 4 at Chicago Stadium. It's the 11th consecutive playoff win for the Penguins, tying the NHL postseason record.

Pittsburgh takes three one-goal leads in the first period, only to have the Blackhawks pull even each time on a goal by Dirk Graham. Rick Tocchet puts Pittsburgh ahead 4-3 early in the second period, but Chicago ties the game 4-4 on a goal by Jeremy Roenick.

A goal by Larry Murphy early in the third period puts Pittsburgh ahead 5-4, and this time the Penguins get the next goal. Ron Francis scores what proves to be the Cup-winner at 7:59, giving Pittsburgh a 6-4 lead. Roenick makes it 6-5 when he scores again midway through the period.

Mario Lemieux, who has two assists in Game 4, is voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the second straight year with 34 points in 15 games.



1993: The Los Angeles Kings win the first Cup Final game in their history by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Forum. Wayne Gretzky sets up the Kings' first three goals before hitting the empty net with 1:58 remaining. Kelly Hrudey makes 31 saves for the Kings, who are the last of the remaining 1967 expansion teams to reach the Final.


1995: The Detroit Red Wings win a playoff game in overtime at home for the first time since 1960 when defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scores 1:01 into OT for a 2-1 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit's Keith Primeau ties the game 1-1 early in the second period after Chicago's Joe Murphy scores a power-play goal late in the first. It's Detroit's first home OT win in the playoffs since a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 29, 1960, and ends a streak of 10 straight losses.


1996: The Florida Panthers reach the Cup Final in their third season by defeating the Penguins 3-1 in Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. John Vanbiesbrouck makes 39 saves and forward Tom Fitzgerald puts Florida ahead to stay by beating Tom Barrasso 6:18 into the third period for a 2-1 lead.


2011: Roberto Luongo becomes the sixth goalie to earn a shutout in his first appearance in the Final by making 36 saves in the Vancouver Canucks' 1-0 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 at Rogers Arena. Raffi Torres wins the game when he beats Boston's Tim Thomas with 19 seconds remaining in the third period. It's the first time since 1927 that Game 1 of the Final remains scoreless for this long (59:41).


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2014: Alec Martinez scores 5:47 into overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. Los Angeles trails 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 before Marian Gaborik scores with 7:17 remaining in the third period to get the Kings even at 4-4. Martinez wins the game when his shot from the left point hits Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and knuckles its way past goalie Corey Crawford. Kings forward Justin Williams scores the seventh Game 7 goal of his career, tying Glenn Anderson for the most in NHL history. His teams improve to 7-0 in Game 7.


2016: Conor Sheary's goal 2:35 into overtime gives the Penguins a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center. Sidney Crosby wins an offensive-zone faceoff and gets the puck to defenseman Kris Letang. He feeds Sheary just inside the left face-off circle for a shot that beats Sharks goalie Martin Jones. Sheary, an undrafted free agent, becomes the first rookie since Brian Skrudland of the Montreal Canadiens 30 years earlier to score an overtime goal in the Final.

Video: SJS@PIT, Gm2: Sheary wins game off Letang's feed


2019: The Bruins score four power-play goals and defeat the St. Louis Blues 7-2 at Enterprise Center in Game 3 of the Cup Final. Boston scores three goals in the first period and another 41 seconds into the second. The outburst spoils the first Cup Final home game for the Blues since they host Game 2 against Boston in 1970. Seven Bruins score goals; defenseman Torey Krug also has three assists. The victory puts Boston ahead 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

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