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This Week in Centennial History

Bruins, Rangers, Kings end Stanley Cup droughts

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The Pittsburgh Penguins became the NHL's first back-to-back champions in 19 years when they ended the 2016-17 season by defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. No team has won more than two consecutive championships since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980-83.

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

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of June 11-17:

 

June 17, 1995: The New Jersey Devils stun the Detroit Red Wings with a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Joe Louis Arena. Claude Lemieux's goal early in the third period is the game-winner.

 

June 16, 1998: The Red Wings complete a sweep of the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final, winning 4-1 at MCI Center for their second straight championship. Afterward, center and captain Steve Yzerman hands the Cup to defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov, on the ice in a wheelchair after a career-ending accident a year earlier.

Video: Memories: Konstantinov's story inspires the Red Wings

 

June 15, 2011: The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years with a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Game 7 of the Final.

 

June 14, 1994: The New York Rangers end 54 years of heartache by defeating the Canucks 3-2 at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Final for their first Stanley Cup championship since 1940.

Video: Memories: Rangers win the Stanley Cup after 54 years

 

June 13, 2014: Defenseman Alex Martinez ends the longest game in Los Angeles Kings history by scoring at 14:33 of the second overtime for a 3-2 win against the Rangers in Game 5 of the Final. It's the second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons for the Kings.

Video: 2014 Cup Final, Gm5: Kings dash NYR Cup hopes in 2OT

 

June 12, 2009: The Penguins cap a spring full of comebacks when they defeat the Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena in Game 7 of the Final to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1992. Marc-Andre Fleury completes a 23-save performance when he robs Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom by stopping a last-second shot that appears to be headed into a wide-open net.

Video: 2009 Cup Final, Gm7: Fleury lifts Pens to Cup win

 

June 11, 2012: The Kings win the Stanley Cup for the first time since entering the NHL in 1967 by defeating the Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Final at Staples Center. The Kings complete one of the most dominant postseasons in NHL history while becoming the first No. 8 seed in either conference to win the Cup.

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