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This Date in NHL History

June 22: Blackhawks move within one win of Cup

Plus: Ziegler named NHL President in 1977; Lindros drafted No. 1 by Nordiques

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2013: Patrick Kane scores two goals to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center, moving them within one win of their second championship in four seasons.

Kane scores late in the first period and early in the second to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cuts it to 2-1 at 3:40 of the third period, but the Bruins can't beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford again, and an empty-net goal by Dave Bolland wraps up the win, which puts the Blackhawks up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series.

"I think everyone wants to be that guy in big-time games," Kane says, "and I've been lucky enough in a couple to step up."



1938: The Montreal Maroons withdraw from the NHL, leaving the League with seven teams. The decision comes three years after the Maroons win the Stanley Cup for the second time in their history by sweeping the Toronto Maple Leafs in the best-of-5 Final.


1977: John Ziegler is named the fourth president in NHL history, succeeding Clarence Campbell. Ziegler serves as president for 15 years, guiding the NHL through the absorption of four teams from the World Hockey Association (Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets) exactly two years later and helping lay the groundwork for the NHL's expansion in the 1990s.


1982: Mike Ilitch purchases the Detroit Red Wings from Bruce Norris. Under Ilitch, the Red Wings become a model franchise and win the Stanley Cup four times from 1997-2008.


1991: The Nordiques, picking first at the NHL Draft in Buffalo, select center Eric Lindros, who has said he doesn't want to play in Quebec. Lindros spends the 1991-92 season with the Canadian Olympic Team before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 30, 1992.


1995: The New Jersey Devils celebrate the first Stanley Cup Final home game in their history by defeating the Red Wings 5-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. The Devils score four times in the first 28:20 and coast to victory, allowing only two power-play goals late in the third period. 

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