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This Date in Playoff History: May 12

by Adam Schwartz /
1977: Montreal Hall of Fame center Jacques Lemaire scored 1 goal and added 2 assists in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the 3 points marked the fourth time a Canadien recorded 100 career playoff points. The Habs would win the game, 4-2, at the Boston Garden and would go on to win the series in a four-game sweep. 

1983: Islanders center Bob Bourne scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final giving the Islanders a 2-0 lead in the Final against the Oilers. Bourne would score the game-winning goal in the next game and the Islanders finished off Edmonton in the fourth game to become just the second team in the NHL to capture their fourth-consecutive Cup.

1986: St. Louis center Doug Wickenheiser, who was picked first by the Canadiens in the 1980 Entry Draft, scored two goals, including the game-winning goal at 7:30 giving the Blues a 6-5 win in Game 6 and tying their conference final with Calgary. The Flames would go on to win the series in the seventh game with a 2-1 win in Calgary, but this was the furthest the Blues had been in the playoffs since they made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 1970 in just their third season of existence.

1996: Panthers left wing Mike Hough scored at 8:05 of the second overtime of Game 5 giving Florida a 3-2 series lead and their second-consecutive overtime win in their second-round series against the Flyers. The goal was one of just five career playoff goals that Hough had in his career, four of which came during this playoff season as the Panthers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time and only time to date in franchise history where they were swept by the Avalanche in four games.

1999: Blues center Pierre Turgeon scored at 5:52 of overtime giving St. Louis a 1-0 win in Game 4 and tying their second-round series with the Stars. Dallas proceeded to beat the Blues in the next two games eliminating them, but Turgeon, then 29, led St. Louis scorers with nine assists and 13 points in 13 playoff games. 

2003: Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere records his third of five playoff shutouts with a 2-0 blanking of the Wild in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final and giving the Ducks a 2-0 series lead. The shutout was one of three that Giguere would get in that round as Anaheim swept the Wild in four games and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history where they were defeated in seven games by the Devils.

2007: Former Senators defenseman Joe Corvo beat Sabres goalie at 4:58 of the second overtime giving Ottawa a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final going back to Ottawa. The Senators would win the series in five games and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in modern franchise history and Corvo finished the playoff season with the second-most points among Ottawa defensemen with nine. The Senators were defeated in the Final in five games by the Ducks.

2008: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk had a hat trick as the Red Wings beat the Stars, 5-2, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final giving Detroit a commanding 3-0 series lead. The Stars would win the next two games, but the Red Wings advanced by eliminating Dallas 4-1 in the sixth game and went on to win their fourth Cup in 12 seasons by beating the Penguins in six games.

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