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May 15: Oilers win longest game in Cup Final history

Plus: New York awarded second NHL team; Phil Esposito traded to Bruins

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Klima scores in 3rd OT

Memories: Petr Klima scores in the 3rd overtime

On May 15, 1990, Oilers forward Petr Klima scores at 15:13 in the 3rd overtime to beat Boston, ending the longest Cup Final game in history

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1990: Petr Klima scores at 15:13 of the third overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a series-opening 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden to win what is still the longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Oilers score twice in the first period and take a 2-0 lead into the third, but Boston's Ray Bourque scores early in the third period and after a power outage delays the game for 26 minutes, scores the tying goal with 1:29 left. 

Neither team scores again until Klima, who's been benched for long stretches earlier in the game, beats Andy Moog for the victory. The Oilers go on to win the series in five games.



1926: The NHL adds a second team in New York when a franchise is granted to Madison Square Garden president Tex Rickard. The team soon becomes known throughout the city as "Tex's Rangers," and the name "Rangers" sticks. The new franchise joins the one year after the New York Americans make their NHL debut in the 1925-26 season. In addition, the NHL announces that Chicago and Detroit will have teams for the 1926-27 season, provided their home rinks are finished. The Rangers, Chicago and Detroit are placed with Boston and Pittsburgh in the American Division. The Americans, who like the Rangers play their home games at the Garden, join Ottawa, Toronto, the Montreal Canadiens and Montreal Maroons in the Canadian Division.


1967: In a trade that shapes the League for years to come, the Bruins acquire centers Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield, as well as forward Ken Hodge, from the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Gilles Marotte, center Pit Martin and goalie Jack Norris. The trade turns out to be a bonanza for the Bruins. Esposito, a three-time 20-goal scorer in Chicago, becomes one of the most feared scorers in NHL history. Hodge finds a home as Esposito's right wing, scoring 289 goals in nine seasons with the Bruins. Stanfield, who can't get playing time in Chicago, scores at least 20 goals in each of his six seasons in Boston. All three are part of the Bruins' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1970 and 1972. The only player acquired who goes on to any success in Chicago is Martin, who scores at least 20 goals seven times with the Blackhawks.

Video: Phil Esposito was record-setting goal scorer


1979: A pregame accident turns into a lucky break for goalie Ken Dryden and the Canadiens. Coach Scotty Bowman decides to start backup Michel Larocque in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Rangers after pulling Dryden during a 4-1 loss in Game 1. However, Larocque is felled by a Doug Risebrough shot during warmups, forcing Bowman to switch to Dryden. The Rangers score twice in the first seven minutes, but Dryden is perfect after that and the Canadiens dominate the rest of the way for a 6-2 win.


1980: Paul Holmgren becomes the first U.S.-born player to score three goals in a Stanley Cup Final game. Holmgren's hat trick helps the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the New York Islanders 8-3 at the Spectrum in Game 2. Bobby Clarke scores one goal and has three assists. The Flyers even the best-of-7 series 1-1.


1994: Stephane Richer scores his fourth career Stanley Cup Playoff overtime goal at 15:23 of the second overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-3 win against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Claude Lemieux gives Richer the chance to be the hero by scoring the tying goal with 43 seconds remaining in the third period. The Devils win the opener of the best-of-7 series after losing all six of their regular-season games against the Rangers.


1995: The visiting Vancouver Canucks set a playoff record for the fastest two shorthanded goals by one team by scoring twice in 17 seconds during a 6-5 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Christian Ruuttu scores an unassisted goal at 4:31 and Geoff Courtnall beats Curtis Joseph at 4:48. The Canucks break the record of 24 seconds set by Montreal in 1978. Cliff Ronning scores the game-winner 1:48 into overtime.


2002: Patrick Roy extends his NHL record with his 22nd career playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche defeat the San Jose Sharks 1-0 at Pepsi Center in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Peter Forsberg's second-period goal is the margin of victory.


2017: Matt Murray makes 23 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel beats goaltender Craig Andersen with 6:55 remaining in the third period. The victory evens the best-of-7 series at one win apiece.

Video: Penguins blank Senators in Game 2, even series


2018: Victor Hedman has two assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. The two assists extend Hedman's playoff point streak to eight games; he becomes the 15th defenseman in NHL history to have a streak at least that long in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


2019: Erik Karlsson scores 5:23 into overtime to give the Sharks a 5-4 win against the Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center. Karlsson's second goal of the game gives the Sharks a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and comes after Logan Couture ties the game with 1:01 remaining in the third period and goalie Martin Jones on the bench for an extra attacker. The Sharks lead 2-0 after one period, but the Blues score four times in the second, including twice in a 2:39 span by David Perron to take the lead. San Jose's Joe Thornton scores twice; the 39-year-old, playing in his 176th postseason game, becomes the oldest player in Stanley Cup history to have his first multigoal playoff game.

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