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This Week in Centennial History

Gordie Howe remembered; Patrick Kane's goal ends Blackhawks' Stanley Cup drought

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Fifty years after the Pittsburgh Penguins officially join the NHL as part of the "Second Six," they are poised to become the first team from the 1967 expansion to win the Stanley Cup five times. A victory in Game 6 of the Final against the Nashville Predators on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports) also would make the Penguins the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to win back-to-back championships.

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 4-10:

 

June 10, 2017: One year after Gordie Howe's death, Mark Howe still slips into the present tense when talking about his father.

 

June 10, 2000: Jason Arnott goes from almost-goal to hero when he scores the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Final against the Dallas Stars.

Video: 2000 Cup Final, Gm6: NJ wins Cup on Arnott's 2OT goal

 

June 9, 2010: Patrick Kane helps the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years when he scores an overtime goal in Game 6 of the Final against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Video: 2010 Cup Final, Gm6: Hawks end 49-year Cup drought

 

June 9, 2001: Sixteen years after winning the Stanley Cup in his final NHL game, Ray Bourque is still emotional when discussing the only League championship of his 22-year career.

Video: Memories: Bourque wins the Stanley Cup after 22 years

 

June 8, 1955: The Montreal Canadiens hire Toe Blake as coach to replace Dick Irvin. Blake guides the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in each of his first five seasons.

 

June 7, 1997: The Stanley Cup returns to Hockeytown for the first time since 1955 when the Detroit Red Wings complete a sweep of the Final with a 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Video: Memories: Detroit wins Cup, ends 42-year drought

 

June 6, 2007: The Anaheim Ducks defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 in Game 5 of the Final to win the Stanley Cup. It's the first championship for Anaheim star Teemu Selanne after 1,041 regular-season games.

 

June 5, 1967: The face of the NHL changes forever when the "Second Six" expansion is officially completed.

 

June 4, 1980: Gordie Howe finally hangs up his skates for the last time, though he never really retires from hockey.

Video: Memories: Gordie Howe scores his final playoff goal

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