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This Date in NHL History

June 9: Blackhawks end 49-year Cup drought on Kane's OT goal

Plus: Beliveau retires; Bourque wins first championship in final game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2010: The Chicago Blackhawks end their 49-year Stanley Cup drought, though for a few seconds, Patrick Kane is the only one who knows it.

Video: Memories: Blackhawks win first Cup in 49 years

Kane scores 4:06 into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the Final at Wachovia Center, wrapping up Chicago's first championship since 1961. Kane's shot zips past Flyers goalie Michael Leighton and goes into and out of the net quickly. He celebrates but play continues until the next whistle, when a video review shows that Kane's shot is, in fact, a goal.

"I don't think any of us actually knew it went it," forward Troy Brouwer said. "We just followed the flow. [Kane] started celebrating, so we figured it must have gone in."

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Video: 2010 Cup Final, Gm6: Hawks end 49-year Cup drought



1970: The Buffalo Sabres win a lottery with the Vancouver Canucks to see which of the incoming expansion franchises will pick first in the amateur, waiver and expansion drafts. The Sabres win the first pick and two days later in the amateur draft (now the NHL Draft) select center Gilbert Perreault, who remains their all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points.


1971: Jean Beliveau announces his retirement from the NHL. It comes less than a month after he becomes a 10-time Stanley Cup winner when the Montreal Canadiens rally to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 7 of the Final. At age 39, Beliveau has six goals and 22 points (including a League-leading 16 assists) in 20 games during his final NHL postseason.

Video: Jean Beliveau's name is on Stanley Cup 17 times


1984: The Pittsburgh Penguins select center Mario Lemieux with the No. 1 pick of the 1984 NHL Draft at the Montreal Forum. Lemieux scores a goal on his first shift in the NHL and finishes his career with 1,723 points (690 goals, 1,033 assists) in 915 games. He wins the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1991 and 1992, when the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. Lemieux is the only future Hall of Famer taken in the first round, but goalie Patrick Roy (third round, No. 51 to Montreal) and forwards Brett Hull (sixth round, No. 117, to the Calgary Flames) and Luc Robitaille (ninth round, No. 171, to the Los Angeles Kings) later join Lemieux in the Hall.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times


1994: The Canucks defeat the New York Rangers 6-3 in Game 5 of the Final at Madison Square Garden, preventing them from clinching their first Stanley Cup championship since 1940. The Canucks lead 1-0 entering the third period and stretch their advantage to 3-0 before the Rangers tie it with three goals in less than six minutes. But defenseman Dave Babych puts the Canucks ahead 4-3 by scoring 29 seconds after Mark Messier ties the game, and the Canucks score twice more to match a Final record with five goals in a period.


2001: Ray Bourque goes out a winner when the Colorado Avalanche defeat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in Game 7 of the Final at Pepsi Center. Alex Tanguay scores twice and Roy makes 25 saves, allowing only a power-play goal by Petr Sykora midway through the second period. Captain Joe Sakic receives the Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, then immediately hands it to Bourque, who finishes his 22-year NHL career by winning his first championship in his final game.

Video: Memories: Bourque wins the Stanley Cup after 22 years


2003: Martin Brodeur sets a one-year playoff record with his seventh shutout and ties another mark with his third in the Final, helping the Devils defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-0 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Continental Airlines Arena for their third championship in nine seasons. It's New Jersey's 12th home win of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, setting another single-season record. Rookie forward Mike Rupp is the unlikely offensive star. Rupp, playing in the fourth postseason game of his NHL career, scores the Cup-winning goal and assists on the other two, each by Jeff Friesen, against Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who becomes the fifth player from the losing team in the Final to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records


2014: Jonathan Quick makes 32 saves and the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Rangers 3-0 at Madison Square Garden in Game 3 of the Cup Final. Jeff Carter scores with 0.8 seconds remaining in the first period to put the Kings ahead 1-0, and Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards also score to help the Kings take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.


2016: The San Jose Sharks prevent the Penguins from clinching the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh for the first time with a 4-2 win in Game 5 of the Final at Consol Energy Center. Melker Karlsson's shot wobbles past Penguins goalie Matt Murray at 14:57 of the first period to break a 2-2 tie, and Martin Jones makes 40 saves after Carl Hagelin's goal ties the game 2-2 at 5:06. The loss cuts Pittsburgh's lead in the best-of-7 series to 3-2.


2019: The Boston Bruins push the Stanley Cup Final to the limit by defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in Game 6 of the Final. Tuukka Rask makes 29 saves and the Bruins score four goals to even the best-of-7 series at three wins apiece -- and spoil the expected party for the sellout crowd that turns out to see what they'd hoped would be the Blues' first championship since entering the NHL in 1967.

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