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This Date in NHL History

June 2: Penguins stay alive, top Red Wings in 3 OTs

Plus: New Atlanta team gets nickname; Giguere wins seventh straight overtime game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2008: The Pittsburgh Penguins prevent the Detroit Red Wings from winning the Stanley Cup in front of their fans at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings are less than a minute from winning the Cup for the fourth time in 12 seasons after rallying to take a 3-2 lead on a goal by Brian Rafalski midway through the third period in Game 5 of the Final. But with 20,027 fans ready to celebrate and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench for an extra attacker, Max Talbot beats Chris Osgood at 19:25 to force overtime.

The Red Wings dominate the first overtime, and each team has chances in the second. But at 9:21 of the third overtime, Detroit's Jiri Hudler takes a double minor for high sticking Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi, and a power-play goal by Petr Sykora at 9:57 gives the Penguins a 4-3 victory, ending the fifth-longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final and sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 6.

The goal comes after Sykora tells his teammates he would score to end the game.

"Between periods, something stupid, I said, just 'Guys, I'm just going to get one. So just don't worry about the game. I'm going to get a goal,'" says Sykora, whose rising shot over Osgood's glove extends the series.



1972: The NHL's new Atlanta franchise, scheduled to begin play in the 1972-73 season, announces that the team will be called the Flames. The nickname is chosen by contest winner Mickey Goodman, a 19-year-old college student at DeKalb University. The franchise keeps the name when it moves to Calgary in 1980.


2003: Jean-Sebastien Giguere becomes the first goalie in NHL history to win each of his first seven Stanley Cup Playoff overtime games. Giguere makes 26 saves before Steve Thomas scores 39 seconds into overtime to give the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim a 1-0 victory against the visiting New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the Cup Final.


2012: Jeff Carter scores at 13:42 of overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory against the Devils in Game 2 of the Final at Prudential Center. Carter beats Martin Brodeur to give the Kings their second straight overtime victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. New Jersey's Ryan Carter ties the game 1-1 when he beats Jonathan Quick at 2:59 of the third period, but the Kings outshoot the Devils 11-3 in overtime.


2013: The Chicago Blackhawks chase Quick by scoring four goals and defeat the Kings 4-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook score in the first period, and goals by Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus in a span of 2:09 in the second send Quick to the bench. The victory gives the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.


2018: The Washington Capitals win a home game in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since entering the NHL in 1974 by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 in Game 3 at Capital One Arena. Second-period goals by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov give Washington a 2-0 lead. Tomas Nosek scores for Vegas early in the third period, but a goal by Devante Smith-Pelly gives Washington some insurance. Braden Holtby makes 21 saves for Washington, which takes a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: Capitals win Game 3 to go up 2-1 in Stanley Cup Final

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