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May 3: Gelinas ends third playoff series with OT goal

Plus: Jagr wins first scoring title with Penguins; Bossy's playoff hat trick powers Islanders

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Gelinas clinches series

Memories: Gelinas scores series-clinching OT goal

On May 3, 2004, Flames forward Martin Gelinas scored an OT winner to become the first NHL player with three career series-clinching OT goals

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2004: Martin Gelinas of the Calgary Flames becomes the first player in NHL history to end three playoff series with overtime goals.

Gelinas becomes an overtime hero for the third time when he scores at 19:13 of OT to give the Flames a 1-0 win against the visiting Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

The goal comes after Gelinas eliminates the Vancouver Canucks by scoring in overtime of Game 7 in the conference quarterfinals. His only other previous Stanley Cup Playoff goal in overtime is a series-winner for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Final.

The Flames advance to the Western Conference Final in their first trip to the playoffs in eight years.



1968: The St. Louis Blues become the first expansion team to qualify for the Stanley Cup Final. Ron Schock scores at 22:50 of overtime to give the Blues a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 7 of the Semifinals at St. Louis Arena and a berth in the Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens. The Blues emerge from the West Division, which houses the six teams added for the 1967-68 season; they lose four one-goal games to the East Division-champion Canadiens in the Cup Final.


1970: Johnny Bucyk has a hat trick to power the Boston Bruins to a 6-1 win against the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at St. Louis Arena. Bucyk scores once in each period for the Bruins, who go on to sweep the series in four games.


1973: Henri Richard sets the NHL record for most career games played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when he steps onto the ice for the Canadiens in Game 3 of the Final at Chicago Stadium. It's Richard's 165th postseason game, one more than Red Kelly, the previous record-holder. Richard goes without a point in 7-4 win by the Blackhawks.


1979: Jean Ratelle completes a hat trick by scoring 3:46 into overtime, giving the Bruins a 4-3 win against the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Semifinals at Boston Garden. The win evens the best-of-7 series 2-2. It's the only playoff hat trick in Ratelle's Hall of Fame career.


1983: Mike Bossy scores three goals to power the New York Islanders to an 8-3 win against the Boston Bruins at Nassau Coliseum in Game 4 of the Wales Conference Final. Bossy scores the go-ahead goal early in the second period, then gets two more in New York's five-goal blitz during the first 8:52 of the third period. Rick Middleton scores a power-play goal in the third period to become the first Boston player with 30 points in one playoff year.

Video: Mike Bossy had record nine straight 50-goal seasons


1991: Vladimir Ruzicka has four assists in regulation, then scores at 8:14 of overtime to give the Bruins a 5-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Garden in Game 2 of the Wales Conference Final. Ruzicka's first assist comes on a power-play goal by Cam Neely 5:23 into the game; it's Neely's 47th playoff goal with the Bruins, moving him past Phil Esposito for the most by a Boston player. The victory gives the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.


1995: Jaromir Jagr has an assist for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 season-ending loss to the Florida Panthers to become the first player born and trained in Europe to lead the NHL in scoring. Jagr and Eric Lindros of the Philadelphia Flyers finish the 48-game season with 70 points, but Jagr is awarded the Art Ross Trophy because he scores 32 goals, three more than Lindros. It's the first of five scoring titles for Jagr in a span of seven seasons.

Video: Memories: Jagr becomes first European scoring champ


2002: Kevin Weekes makes 25 saves for his second consecutive playoff shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Canadiens 2-0 in Raleigh, North Carolina, to win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Ron Francis and Erik Cole score in the third period for the Hurricanes.


2009: Todd Marchant scores 1:15 into the third overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 win against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It's the second overtime playoff goal of Marchant's career; the first comes on April 30, 1997, when he scores with the Edmonton Oilers to eliminate the Dallas Stars. It's the third-longest gap between playoff overtime goals in NHL history.


2014: The Freeway Faceoff comes to the postseason for the first time when the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Ducks 3-2 in overtime at Honda Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round; it's the first playoff game between the Southern California rivals since the Ducks enter the NHL in 1993. Kings forward Marian Gaborik ties the game with 7.0 seconds remaining in the third period, then gets the winner at 12:17 of overtime. His heroics spoil the night for the Ducks and forward Teemu Selanne, whose third-period goal would have been the game-winner. Selanne, 43, becomes the third-oldest player in NHL history to score a playoff goal, behind Gordie Howe (52) and Chris Chelios (45).


2015: Frederik Andersen makes 30 saves for his first career shutout in the playoffs and the Ducks defeat the Flames 3-0 at Honda Center in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round. The Ducks improve to 6-0 in the 2015 playoffs, all with Andersen in goal.


2018: Jake Guentzel scores two goals, extending his point streak to eight games, and the Penguins defeat the Washington Capitals 3-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PPG Paints Arena. The two goals give Guentzel 10 in the 2018 playoffs; he joins Mario Lemieux as the only players in Penguins history to reach double figures in goals in each of his first two postseason appearances.


2019: The Hurricanes complete their first sweep in a best-of-7 series by defeating the Islanders 5-2 at PNC Arena in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. Five players score and goalie Curtis McElhinney makes 26 saves for Carolina, which advances to the conference final for the first time since 2009, the last previous time the Hurricanes are in the playoffs.

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