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May 26: Oilers establish team photo tradition after winning Cup

Plus: Penguins rally, defeat Blackhawks in 1992 Final opener; Brassard helps Rangers avoid elimination

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

1988 Cup Final, Gm5: Say Cheese

1988 Cup Final, Gm5: Wayne Gretzky starts team pic

May 26: In his last Cup win and game with Edmonton, Gretzky gathers everyone for a joyful team picture, now a Cup-winning tradition

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1988: The Edmonton Oilers establish an NHL tradition and extend their dynasty on the same night.

The Oilers win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in five seasons by defeating the Boston Bruins 6-3 in Game 5 of the Final at Northlands Coliseum. The Oilers win the best-of-7 series 4-0, with Game 4 not finished and not counted because of a power failure at Boston Garden.

Wayne Gretzky scores one goal and has two assists for the Oilers in Game 5; he becomes the first player in NHL history to have 250 playoff points in his career. Edmonton is the first team in NHL history to win 11 home games in one playoff year.

After the game, the Oilers are the first team to pose for a team picture with the Cup on the ice, a practice that quickly becomes a tradition.



1992: The defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins rally after trailing by three goals to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Civic Arena. Chicago appears to be comfortably ahead when Brent Sutter scores midway through the second period to put the Blackhawks up 4-1. But Rick Tocchet and Mario Lemieux score before the end of the period to make it 4-3, Jaromir Jagr ties the game 4-4 by scoring an unassisted goal with 4:55 remaining in the third, and Lemieux gets the game-winner with 13 seconds left. The loss ends Chicago's 11-game winning streak, a single-year playoff record.

Video: 1992 Cup Final, Gm1: Jaromir Jagr won't be denied


1995: Neal Broten scores his second goal of the game at 18:36 of overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory against the visiting Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Broten's game-winner comes on New Jersey's 51st shot against goalie Ken Wregget and gives the Devils a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.


2001: Patrick Roy earns his 18th career playoff shutout and Joe Sakic scores twice to help the Colorado Avalanche defeat New Jersey 5-0 in Game 1 of the Final. It's the ninth consecutive victory in the Final for Roy, who makes 25 saves. Sakic opens the scoring midway through the first period and scores again late in the second.


2009: The Penguins earn a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final by completing a four-game sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-1 win at RBC Center. Sidney Crosby sets up two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury makes 30 saves. The win puts the Penguins back in the Final after they lose in six games to the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.


2015: The New York Rangers avoid elimination from the Eastern Conference Final with a 7-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 at Amalie Arena. Derick Brassard scores three goals and has two assists for the Rangers, who score five times in the third period to break open a game they lead 2-1 after two periods. Rick Nash and J.T. Miller each has a goal and three assists for New York.


2016:  The Penguins defeat the Lightning 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009. Penguins rookie forward Bryan Rust scores twice and rookie goalie Matt Murray makes 16 saves. Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin ties the game 1-1 by his fourth goal of the series 9:36 into the second period, but Rust put the Penguins ahead to stay when he scores 30 seconds later.

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