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This Week in Centennial History

Wayne Gretzky gets Kings to first Stanley Cup Final; Justin Williams does it again in Game 7

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Memories: Gretzky's 8th hat trick

Memories: Gretzky records his 8th playoff hat trick

On May 29, 1993, Kings center Wayne Gretzky tallies his eighth playoff hat trick in a decisive Game 7 matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs

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The NHL All-Star Game is coming back to Tampa. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday that the Tampa Bay Lightning will host the 2018 game on Jan. 28. All-Star Weekend will coincide with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, held annually in Tampa since 1904. The city will work with the NHL to coordinate the two events.

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 May 28 - June 3:

 

June 3, 1993: More than two decades later, Marty McSorley's illegal stick has become part of Stanley Cup Final lore.

Video: Memories: McSorley's illegal stick leads to a loss

 

June 2, 2008: The Pittsburgh Penguins spoiled the party at Joe Louis Arena by winning Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings in triple overtime.

 

June 1, 2011: The singing of the Canadian national anthem stands out in NHL.com Staff Writer Amalie Benjamin's memories of Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, even more than the Vancouver Canucks' thrilling 1-0 win against the Boston Bruins.

 

June 1, 1992: The Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships by completing a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks with a 6-5 win.

Video: 1991-92 Penguins win second consecutive Stanley Cup

 

May 31, 2001: Ray Bourque's final Stanley Cup Playoff goal is one for the record books. He becomes the oldest player in the history of the Stanley Cup Final to score a goal during the Colorado Avalanche's 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 3.

Video: Ray Bourque capped career with dramatic Cup in 2001

 

May 30, 1985: The Edmonton Oilers roll to their second straight Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 8-3 in Game 5 of the Final. Jari Kurri matches the single-season playoff record for goals with his 19th.

 

May 29, 1993: Wayne Gretzky carries the Los Angeles Kings into their first Stanley Cup Final with a record-setting performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Campbell Conference Final.

 

May 28, 2013: Justin Williams comes through again in Game 7, scoring twice for the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.

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