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This Week in Centennial History

Mark Messier backs up his guarantee for Rangers @NHLdotcom

The Stanley Cup Final is set. Either the Pittsburgh Penguins will become the first repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, or the Nashville Predators will win the Cup for the first time since debuting in the 1998-99 season. Game 1 is in Pittsburgh on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Pittsburgh outlasted the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, three days after the Predators completed a victory in the Western Conference Final with a 6-3 defat of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6.

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 May 21-27:

May 27, 1994: After 23 years, Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils remains unforgettable for Director of Editorial Shawn P. Roarke.

Video: Memories: Matteau sends Rangers to Stanley Cup Final


May 26, 1988: The Edmonton Oilers make history and start a Stanley Cup tradition at the same time.

Video: 1988 Cup Final, Gm5: Wayne Gretzky starts team pic


May 25, 1994: Rangers captain Mark Messier backs up his words with deeds, scoring three times after guaranteeing that the Rangers would win Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Devils.

Video: Memories: Messier guarantees Game 6 victory


May 25, 1989: Lanny McDonald ends his NHL career as a champion when the Calgary Flames win the Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Final at the Forum.

Video: 1989 Cup Final, Gm6: McDonald leads Flames to Cup win


May 24, 1980: An NHL dynasty begins when Bobby Nystrom's overtime goal gives the New York Islanders the first of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

Video: Memories: Nystrom pots OT Stanley Cup-clinching goal


May 23, 2003: The Devils' victory against the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final still stands out as memorable for Staff Writer Tom Gulitti.


May 22, 2009: Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings sets a record by appearing in his 228th consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff game.

Video: Memories: Lidstrom plays 228th straight playoff game


May 21, 1979: The Montreal Canadiens make it four championships in a row by defeating the Rangers 4-1 at the Forum in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

 Video: Memories: Habs win fourth consecutive Stanley Cup

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