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This Week in Centennial History

Penguins, Flyers play longest game in NHL's modern era; Jean Beliveau first recipient of Conn Smythe Trophy @NHLdotcom

Even in a postseason full of overtime games, the Anaheim Ducks' 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers was one for the history books. The 22nd game to go past regulation in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs was decided when forward Corey Perry scored at 6:57 of the second overtime -- and after the Ducks became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to force OT after trailing by three goals with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.

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 30 -- May 6:


May 6, 1976: Reggie Leach of the Philadelphia Flyers ties a playoff record by scoring five goals in a game -- after almost being scratched.


May 5, 1966: Henri Richard's only overtime goal in the playoffs was a Cup-winner.

Video: Henri Richard won Cup a record 11 times as a player


May 4, 2009: Mike Emrick remembers the electric atmosphere at Verizon Center for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals when left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins each had a hat trick.

Forward Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets remembers staying up late to watch the Ovechkin-Crosby showdown.


May 4, 2000: The Penguins and Flyers made history in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals by playing the longest game in the NHL's modern era (post 1943-44).

Video: 2000 Round 2, Gm4: Primeau scores in 5th OT


May 3, 2004: Martin Gelinas of the Calgary Flames, aka "The Eliminator" makes history by scoring the third overtime series-ending goal of his NHL career.

Video: Memories: Gelinas scores series-clinching OT goal


May 2, 1967: The Toronto Maple Leafs become the oldest team to win the Stanley Cup.


May 1, 1965: Jean Beliveau scores 14 seconds into Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, starting the Montreal Canadiens on their way to a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. He's named the first winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs.

Video: 1965 Cup Final, Gm7: Beliveau wins Conn Smythe


April 30, 2014: The Los Angeles Kings become the fourth team in NHL history to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0 when they defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round.

Video: Memories: LA Kings come back from 3-0 series deficit

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