THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 12
1986: The St. Louis Blues pull off the "Monday Night Miracle" with one of the great comebacks in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
The Blues are 20 minutes from elimination when they enter the third period in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference Final trailing the Calgary Flames 4-1. They're down 5-2 with less than 10 minutes remaining, and it's 5-3 with time running out when Greg Paslawski steps into the role of hero. He scores with 4:11 remaining to make it 5-4, then ties the game 5-5 with 1:08 to play.
Soon after Flames forward Joe Mullen hits the post in overtime, Blues center Doug Wickenheiser jumps on a blocked shot and beats goalie Mike Vernon at 7:30 for a 6-5 victory, one of the biggest wins in Blues history. The cheering and celebration by the 17,801 fans at the St. Louis Arena continue well after both teams have left the ice.
1981: Bryan Trottier and Anders Kallur score shorthanded goals 47 seconds apart to spark the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Nassau Coliseum. Trottier beats Gilles Meloche at 14:38, then sets up Kallur's goal at 15:25 to give New York a 3-0 lead.
1984: Clark Gillies scores once in each period to help the Islanders defeat the Edmonton Oilers 6-1 at Nassau Coliseum in Game 2 of the Cup Final, tying the best-of-7 series at 1-1. However, the Oilers win the next three games to end New York's bid for a fifth straight championship.
1985: Eddie Olczyk of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the youngest player (18 years, 269 days) in the expansion era (since 1967) to score a goal in the Semifinal/Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final. Olczyk scores a shorthanded goal in the first period of the Blackhawks' 8-6 win against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Campbell Conference Final at Chicago Stadium.
1987: Larry Robinson ties a Montreal Canadiens playoff record for defensemen with four points (one goal, three assists) in a 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum in Game 5 of the Wales Conference Final. Robinson's first-period power-play goal puts Montreal ahead to stay.
1993: Steve Thomas scores two goals and has two assists to lead the Islanders to a 7-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum in Game 6 of the Patrick Division Final. Thomas' second goal of the game, midway through the third period, stands as the game-winner after Kevin Stevens scores his second of the game with less than three minutes remaining.
2003: Jean-Sebastien Giguere makes 24 saves for his second consecutive shutout in the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's 2-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. Kurt Sauer and Rob Niedermayer provide the offense by scoring shorthanded goals.
2013: The Detroit Red Wings become the first NHL team to win 14 Game 7s by defeating the Ducks 3-2 at Honda Center in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Henrik Zetterberg scores a goal and sets up another for the seventh-seeded Red Wings, and Jimmy Howard makes 31 saves. It is the Red Wings' 14th win in 23 Game 7s. For the Ducks, it's the first of four consecutive years when their season ends with a Game 7 loss at home.
2017: James Neal's goal at 9:24 of overtime gives the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win against the Ducks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center. Pekka Rinne makes 27 saves for the Predators, who are making their first appearance in a conference final since entering the NHL in 1998.
Video: NSH@ANA, Gm1: Neal nets Subban's feed for OT win
2018: The Winnipeg Jets score three goals in the first 7:35 and defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 at Bell MTS Place in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. It's the first victory in a conference final for the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise since entering the NHL in 1999. Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele each has a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, which limits Vegas to 20 shots on goal. Connor Hellebuyck makes 19 saves, allowing only a goal by Brayden McNabb.
2019: The Boston Bruins score two goals in each period and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk scores two goals; Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug each have three assists. Tuukka Rask makes 21 saves for Boston, which takes a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.