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This Week in Centennial History

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The Edmonton Oilers continue to make the most of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 11 years. They've already eliminated the San Jose Sharks, who went to the Final last spring, and are two wins away from doing the same to the Pacific Division-champion Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers are trying to win the Cup for the first time since 1990, when they completed a run of five championships in seven seasons. 

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, is taking a look back at memorable events each week.


Here are Centennial highlights for the week of April 23-29:


April 29, 1986: Rookie Claude Lemieux makes history when he scores in overtime of Game 7 to give the Montreal Canadiens a victory against the Hartford Whalers in the Adams Division Final.


April 28, 1992: The Detroit Red Wings defeat the Minnesota North Stars 1-0 in overtime in Game 6 of the Norris Division Semifinals in the first playoff game decided by video review in OT.

Video: Memories: Fedorov's OT winner upheld by video review


April 27, 1994: Martin Brodeur's favorite playoff memory comes from a game he doesn't win.

Video: Memories: Hasek turns away 70 shots by the Devils


April 26, 1975: The New York Islanders become the second team in NHL history to win a best-of-7 playoff series after losing the first three games when they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 in Game 7 of the Quarterfinals.

Video: Memories: Isles conquer 3-0 series deficit vs. Pens


April 25, 1989: Mario Lemieux has arguably the greatest single-game offensive performance in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a five-goal, eight-point game in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 10-8 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Video: Memories: Lemieux tallies a record-tying eight points


April 24, 1969: Jean Beliveau's only overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was a classic.


April 23, 1996: The biggest crowd to seen a Stanley Cup Playoff game rocks the Thunderdome to see the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers.

Video: Memories: Lightning set an NHL attendance record

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