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This Date in NHL History

May 27: Flyers repeat as Stanley Cup champions

Plus: Gretzky rescues Kings; Matteau's double-OT goal puts Rangers into Final

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1975: The Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup for the second straight year by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 in Game 6 of the Final at Memorial Auditorium.

Video: Memories: Flyers win their second Cup in a row

Bernie Parent makes 32 saves for his sixth and final NHL playoff shutout. Bob Kelly breaks a scoreless tie by stealing the puck from defenseman Jerry Korab and jamming a shot past Roger Crozier 11 seconds into the third period. Bill Clement scores an insurance goal with 2:47 remaining.

Parent becomes the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in back-to-back seasons.



1993: Wayne Gretzky saves the day for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. The Toronto Maple Leafs hold Gretzky off the scoresheet through regulation, but he scores a power-play goal 1:41 into overtime to give the Kings a series-tying 5-4 victory at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Gretzky keeps alive the Kings' hopes of making the Stanley Cup Final for the first time when he redirects a pass from Luc Robitaille past Toronto goalie Felix Potvin for the win.


1994: Stephane Matteau scores 4:24 into the second overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden. Matteau picks up a dump-in, circles the net and slides the puck past Martin Brodeur for his second double-overtime goal of the series; the call of "Matteau, Matteau, Matteau" by Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose becomes one of the most famous in the history of New York sports. The win puts the Rangers into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1979. Matteau, who comes to the Rangers from the Chicago Blackhawks hours before the NHL Trade Deadline, gets to be the hero after New Jersey forces overtime when Valeri Zelepukin scores with 7.7 seconds remaining in the third period.

Video: Memories: Matteau sends Rangers to Stanley Cup Final


1995: Paul Coffey scores one goal and assists on another in the Detroit Red Wings' 6-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at San Jose Arena to pass Denis Potvin and become the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL playoff history with 166 points. Coffey scores 4:01 into the game to trigger a four-goal first period by the Red Wings, who complete a four-game sweep of the Sharks in the Western Conference Semifinal. Detroit coach Scotty Bowman sets a record of his own; it's his 46th career playoff series victory, moving him past Toe Blake.


2003: Brodeur makes 16 saves to help the Devils defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-0 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brodeur becomes the second goalie in NHL history to have a shutout in each of the four rounds in the playoffs. Jeff Friesen scores twice for New Jersey, which outshoots Anaheim 21-8 through the first two periods.


2004: Brad Richards ties a single-season record with his sixth game-winning goal of the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also has an assist, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames 4-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the St. Pete Times Forum. The victory ties the best-of-7 series 1-1.


2006: The Edmonton Oilers become the first eighth-seeded in a conference to advance to the Stanley Cup Final when they defeat the Mighty Ducks 2-1 at Arrowhead Pond to win the Western Conference Final in six games. A goal by Raffi Torres at 8:31 of the second period breaks a 1-1 tie, and Dwayne Roloson makes 32 saves.


2011: Nathan Horton scores at 12:27 of the third period to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden. Horton becomes the first player in NHL history to score the winning goal in a Game 7 twice in one playoff year; his overtime goal exactly one month earlier eliminates the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the conference quarterfinal. Tim Thomas makes 24 saves for the shutout.


2014: Rene Bourque becomes the first player since 1945 to have a hat trick for the Montreal Canadiens in a playoff game when they face elimination. Bourque scores twice in the second period and once in the third to help the Canadiens defeat the Rangers 7-4 at Bell Centre in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. Bourque matches the feat of Maurice Richard, whose hat trick helps the Canadiens defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 10-3 in Game 5 of the 1945 Semifinals.


2015: Duncan Keith assists on three goals, including two from the new-look top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, in less than four minutes to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 at United Center in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. It's the second straight year the Blackhawks win Game 6 to force Game 7 in the conference final.


2019: The Boston Bruins rally from two goals down to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 at TD Garden in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. It's the first time in a Cup Final game that the Bruins have won after trailing by multiple goals. St. Louis leads 2-0 on a goal by Vladimir Tarasenko 1:00 into the second period, but Boston ties the game before the end of the period and takes a 3-2 lead when Sean Kuraly scores 5:31 into the third period. Brad Marchand's empty-net goal assures Boston of its eighth straight win in the 2019 playoffs and extends the Blues' losing streak in Stanley Cup Final games to 13.


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