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May 23: Vermette give Blackhawks fourth multiple-OT win in 2015 playoffs

Plus: Penguins use record start to defeat North Stars; Capitals return to Final for first time in 20 years

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

2015 Rd3, Gm4: Hawks win in 2OT

2015 Round 3, Game 4: Vermette, Hawks even series

May 23: Chicago's Antoine Vermette ends a back-and-forth Game 4 vs. Anaheim with a 2OT goal as the Blackhawks tie the series 2-2

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 23

2015: The Chicago Blackhawks continue their success in extra-long Stanley Cup Playoff games when Antoine Vermette scores 5:37 into the second overtime for a series-tying 5-4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at United Center.

It's the fourth win for Chicago in as many overtime games during the 2015 playoffs; each of the four goes into multiple overtime periods. The Blackhawks are the first team in NHL history to win four multiple-OT games in the same playoff year.

Vermette, a forward who's a healthy scratch in Game 3, gives Chicago the win by tucking the puck past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen. It's a disappointing finish for the Ducks, who take a 4-3 lead by scoring three times in 37 seconds in the third period but allow the Blackhawks to tie the game 4-4 on a power-play goal by Patrick Kane with 8:21 remaining.

 

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1979: The New England Whalers, one of four teams from the World Hockey Association slated to join the NHL for the 1979-80 season, officially change their name to the Hartford Whalers.

 

1991: The Pittsburgh Penguins score four times in the first 13:41 and hold on to defeat the Minnesota North Stars 6-4 at the Civic Center in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Mario Lemieux scores 5:36 into the game and Kevin Stevens makes it 2-0 at 10:08. Mark Recchi then scores twice in less than two minutes to give the Penguins the fastest 4-0 lead in Final history. The North Stars twice get within one goal before Pittsburgh's Troy Loney scores with 1:39 remaining in the third period. Defenseman Larry Murphy finishes with four assists for the Penguins, who take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

 

1995: Paul Coffey of the Detroit Red Wings ties Denis Potvin as the highest-scoring defenseman in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coffey has a goal and an assist in Detroit's 6-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena. The two points give him 164, matching the record Potvin set with the New York Islanders before retiring in 1988.

 

2000: Joe Nieuwendyk scores at 12:10 of overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Reunion Arena in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. Ed Belfour makes 29 saves for Dallas before defenseman Richard Matvichuk takes a shot from the left point and Nieuwendyk deflects it past Patrick Roy for the victory. The win gives the Stars a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: Joe Nieuwendyk won Cup with three different teams

 

2010: Chicago advances to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992 by defeating the Sharks 4-2 at United Center to complete a four-game sweep in the Western Conference Final. Dustin Byfuglien scores his third game-winner of the series when he gets the go-ahead goal with 5:55 remaining in the third period, and Kris Versteeg scores into an empty net to cap Chicago's comeback from down 2-0. Goalie Antti Niemi finishes with 16 saves.

 

2016: Joe Pavelski scores two goals to help the Sharks defeat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Scottrade Center. Pavelski ties the game at 18:33 of the second period and puts the Sharks ahead to stay when he beats Jake Allen 18 seconds into the third. The win gives San Jose a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series and puts the Sharks one win from their first appearance in the Cup Final.

 

2018: The Washington Capitals advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998 when they defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 at Amalie Arena in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Alex Ovechkin gives Washington a quick lead when he scores 1:02 into the game, Andre Burakovsky scores twice in the second period and Nicklas Backstrom had a goal in the third for Washington. Braden Holtby finishes with 29 saves, giving him back-to-back shutouts.

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