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May 5: Richard scores 1966 Cup-winning goal for Canadiens in OT

Plus: Flyers first expansion team to eliminate Original Six rival; Bossy sets goal record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1966: Henri Richard's only playoff overtime goal of his career is a Stanley Cup winner.

Richard puts the puck into the net 2:20 into OT to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 of the Final for their second straight championship.

After the Canadiens lose the first two games of the series at home, they win Games 3 and 4 at Olympia Stadium and roll to a 5-1 victory at the Forum in Game 5.

The Canadiens lead 2-1 after two periods, but Floyd Smith forces overtime when he beats Gump Worsley midway through the third. Richard, who hasn't scored a goal in the 1966 playoffs to that point, wins the Cup for the Canadiens when he's knocked down and slides into the net with the puck underneath him.

Though his team loses in the Final, Detroit goalie Roger Crozier wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.



1974: The Philadelphia Flyers edge the New York Rangers 4-3 in Game 7 of the Semifinals, becoming the first post-1967 expansion team to win a playoff series against an Original Six team. Gary Dornhoefer scores his second goal of the game with less than 11 minutes remaining in the third period for what proves to be the game-winner. The Flyers go on to defeat the Boston Bruins and win the Stanley Cup.


1981: The New York Islanders complete a four-game sweep of the archrival Rangers in the Semifinals with a 5-2 win at Madison Square Garden. Mike Bossy scores twice in the first period to break Reggie Leach's single-season NHL record with his 81st goal in the regular season and playoffs combined.


1985: Peter Stastny scores at 6:20 of overtime to give the Quebec Nordiques a 2-1 victory against the Flyers in Game 1 of the Wales Conference Final at the Spectrum. It's the second straight game that sees Stastny score the overtime winner; his goal at 2:22 of Game 7 in Quebec's 3-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens three days earlier wins their division final series.

Video: Peter Stastny became first rookie to have 100 points


2000: Joe Sakic scores a power-play goal for his 100th career playoff point, and the Colorado Avalanche eliminate the Detroit Red Wings with a 4-2 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Pepsi Center. Sakic opens the scoring with a power-play goal at 2:46 of the second period, and goals by Stephane Yelle, Peter Forsberg and Shjon Podein help Avalanche advance.


2010: Dustin Byfuglien scores three goals in the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals at GM Place. Byfuglien scores once in each period, completing his hat trick at 13:58 of the third. He is the first Chicago player to score at least three goals in a road playoff game since Bobby Hull in Game 4 of the 1972 Quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Civic Center.


2013: Jean-Gabriel Pageau scores the first three playoff goals of his career in the Ottawa Senators' 6-1 win against the visiting Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The 20-year-old rookie becomes the fifth player in the expansion era to have a playoff hat trick before his 21st birthday. The others to do so since 1968: Wayne Gretzky (two playoff hat tricks at age 20, 1981), Peter Zezel (age 20, 1986), Patrick Kane (age 20, 2009) and Sean Couturier (age 19, 2012).


2017: The Anaheim Ducks cap one of the greatest comebacks in Stanley Cup history when Corey Perry scored 6:57 into the second overtime for a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at Honda Center. The Oilers lead 3-0 until Ryan Getzlaf scores with 3:16 remaining in the third period and goalie John Gibson on the bench for an extra attacker. With Gibson still on the bench, Cam Fowler scores with 2:41 remaining to make it 3-2, and Rickard Rakell ties it 3-3 with 15 seconds to play. The Ducks become the second team (along with the Edmonton Oilers in 1997) to force overtime or win a playoff game after trailing by three goals with less than four minutes left in the third period.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Perry, Ducks stage rally for 2OT win


2018: The Washington Capitals score four goals in the third period and defeat the Penguins 6-3 at Capital One Arena in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. Jakub Vrana scores at 15:22 to put Washington ahead 4-3, and late goals by T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller put the game away. Penguins center Sidney Crosby scores in the second period to move into 11th place on the all-time playoff points list with 184.


2019: The St. Louis Blues force Game 7 in the Western Conference Second Round with a series-tying 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Rookie Sammy Blais scores a third-period goal in his playoff debut for St. Louis, the 12th player in team history to do so. The Blues improve to 5-1 on the the road during the 2019 playoffs.

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