This day in hockey history, May 1st 1965, goaltender Gump Worsley and the Montreal Canadiens shutout the Chicago Black Hawks 4-0 in game seven of the finals to win the Stanley Cup championship. Gumper's whitewash was only the second shutout in a game seven of the finals in league history. Also, Montreal’s Jean Beliveau became the first winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

This day in New York Rangers history, May 1st 1992, the Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 8-4 at Madison Square Garden in game seven of the Patrick Division semi finals. Adam Graves, Mark Messier and Darren Turcotte each scored two goals with Brian Leetch and Mike Gartner adding singles. This was the first game seven win in Rangers’ franchise history. The Rangers were 0-4 in previous game sevens. The Rangers are now 9-5 all time in game sevens, which ties an NHL record held also by Detroit (1949-64) and Boston (1983-94). Henrik Lundqvist has won six consecutive game sevens allowing only five goals with one shutourt for a 0.83 GAA anda .973

save %. Lundqvist's six game seven wins are tied for the most all time with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy.

The Rangers in Game 7s, since 1992:


MAY 29 2015 the Rangers lost 2-0 to Tampa Bay in the conference finals. It was the

Rangers’ first-ever home loss in a Game 7 after previously going 7-0 as they fell just short of

getting back to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season.

MAY 13, 2015 defeated the Capitals 2-1 in overtime on the road.

APRIL 30, 2014 defeated the Flyers, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden

Lundqvist had 26 saves, making the Rangers’ second-period goals from Dan Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot hold up.

MAY 13, 2013 defeated the Capitals, 5-0, in Washington

The Rangers won a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history behind 35 saves from Lundqvist, who had back-to-back shutouts to close out the series.

MAY 12, 2012 defeated the Capitals, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden

The Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1997 as Lundqvist shut the door after Michael Del Zotto made the score 2-1 midway through the third period.


APRIL 26, 2012 defeated the Senators, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden

The Rangers got goals from Marc Staal and Dan Girardi. Lundqvist stopped 26 shots and his teammates blocked another 23.

APRIL 28, 2009 lost to the Capitals, 2-1, in Washington

The 39-year-old Sergei Fedorov scored the game-winning goal with 4 minutes 59 seconds left to lift the Capitals, who had squandered a 3-1 series lead.

JUNE 14, 1994 defeated the Canucks, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden

The Rangers won their first Stanley Cup since 1940 on goals from Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Adam Graves; Mike Richter had 28 saves.

MAY 27, 1994 defeated the Devils, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden

Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! Stephane Matteau scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime as the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1979.

MAY 1, 1992 defeated the Devils, 8-4, at Madison Square Garden

The Rangers jumped to a 6-1 lead and John Vanbiesbrouck made 33 saves as the Rangers won a Game 7 for the first time in their history.




This day in hockey history, May 2nd 1967, it was the final season before the NHL's great expansion westward and the Toronto Maple Leafs 1960's dynasty concluded one last great springtime playoff to become the last champion of the original six when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in game six of the Stanley Cup finals. This was the Leafs most recent Stanley Cup championship although things are looking brighter now for the Buds than in many years.

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This day in Philadelphia Flyers history, May 2nd 1976, Reggie Leach scored a goal in his seventh consecutive game to help the Flyers beat the Bruins 5-2 in game 3 of the semi finals.

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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, May 2nd 1985, Peter Stastny scored at 2:22 of overtime to give the Quebec Nordiques a 3-2 win over Montreal, in Game Seven of the Adams Division Finals in Montreal.
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This day in hockey history, May 2nd 1987, Bobby Smith scored a goal and added two helpers to lead the Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Quebec Nordiques in game seven of the Adams Division finals at The Forum in Montreal. The Canadiens advanced to the Prince Of Wales Conference Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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This day in hockey history. May 3rd 1964, Ron Hextall was born in Brandon, Manitoba. Hextall had one the most unusual rooke seasons a goalie could have winning the Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies but somehow losing the Calder Trophy to Luc Robitaille. While Robitaille had an outstanding rookie season finishing 9th with 45 goals and tied for 17th with 84 points, wouldn't being voted as the leagues best goalie by the GM's mean Hextall was actually a better player than Lucky Luke?

Hextall helped to revolutionize goaltending by frequently leaving his net to play the puck, being the first goalie to actually shoot and score a goal and then being the first to score a playoff goal. He also took on the role of enforcer and actually went after opponents and took penalties? He recorded 100+ PIMs in each of his first two seasons, the first goaltender to do that even once, and he still holds the records for most penalty minutes by a goalie in one season (1988-89) with 113. Not surprisingly he also hold the Flyers all time penalty record for goalies with 476. Hextall holds the Flyers goaltending records for most career games (489), wins (240), and points (28).





This day in hockey history, May 3rd 1968, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota North Stars 2-1 in double OT of game seven of their semi finals series to become the first expansion team to advance to the Stanley Cup finals . The Blues were the first team from the 1967 expansion class to play in the finals and they made it that far in each of their first three seasons in the league; 1967, 1968 and 1969.

This day in hockey history, May 3rd 1973, Henri Richard set a record by appearing in his 165th playoff game, a 7-4 Montreal Canadiens loss against the Chicago Blackhawks in game three of the Stanley Cup finals. Henri broke the previous record set by Red Kelly, and would finish his career with a then record 180 playoff games. Chris Chelios now holds the record with 266 games. Henri still holds the record for most Stanley Cup championships by a player with 11, no doubt the NHL's most unbreakable record of all time.








This day in hockey history, May 3rd 1995, Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first European player to lead the NHL in scoring. He had tied Eric Lindros with 70 points in the lockout shortened season but prevailed on the tiebreaker with 32 goals compared to Lindros’s 29.







This day in hockey history, May 3rd 2004, the Calgary Flames Martin Gelinas scored the overtime winner in a 1-0 Flames win over the Detroit Red Wings. Gelinas had also scored overtime game winners in the Flames previous two playoff series that season to become the first player in NHL history to end three separate playoff series in one year with overtime goals.

Gelinas actually put the puck into the net for a series winning goal in the finals but the Flames never got credit for the goal as the play happened so fast the human eye was incapable of making that call. While TV video and photgraphic evidence support the Flames on this point, the NHL's video review at that time provided only one camera angle which was insufficient to make that determination. Today each goal net has two high resolution cameras inside the crossbar giving a downward view of the goal line and there is no doubt that goal would be credited. That missed goal likely cost Calgary a Stanley Cup championship. 

On this day in Montreal Canadiens history, May 4th 1969, the Canadiens defeated the St Louis Blues 2-1 in game four of the finals to complete a four game sweep and win the Stanley Cup. Serge Savard was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Some quirks of Stanley Cup engraving from this season;

Anthony "Tony" Esposito's name was misspelled on the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1992–93 as

P. FSPOSITO instead of A. ESPOSITO.

Gilles Tremblay missed the playoffs with a career ending injury. His name was still included on the Stanley Cup.

Lucien Grenier played 2 playoff games, but name was left off the Stanley Cup even though he qualified to be engraved on it

This day in hockey history, May 4th 1972, Bobby Orr scored a goal during a 5-2 Boston Bruins loss to the New York Rangers to set a new record for career goals by a defenseman with 17. And it only took Orr 47 games to break the record Red Kelly had set in 90 games. Orr won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year as the Bruins would win the Stanley Cup.






This day in New York Rangers history, May 4th 1997, the New York Rangers shutout the New Jersey Devils 2-0 in game two of the Eastern Conference semifinal with Mark Messier playing his 228th playoff game to break Larry Robinson’s league record for playoff appearances. Mike Richter became the Rangers all time leader in playoff shutouts with eight, passing Dave Kerr. Messier would eventually be passed by Chris Chelios (266) and Patrick Roy (247).


On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 8th 1975, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in Game six of their Eastern Conference playoff semi finals at the fabled Montreal Forum. With this victory, the Sabres eliminated the Candiens and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history. Although both teams had finished the regular season with 113 points, and Buffalo held the home ice due to tie breakers, the Sabres were considered underdogs to the impressive Canadiens. The expansion Sabres had opened the series with a pair of victories at their home rink, the Memorial Auditorium, 6-5 in overtime in game one and 4-2 in game two. When the series shifted to the Forum, the Canadiens virtually annihilated Buffalo with 7-0 and 8-2 victories in games three and four. With these dominant wins, Montreal seemed to demonstrate that they were the vastly superior team and were assured of victory in the series. But the Sabres rebounded with a 5-4 overtime victory in game five back at the comfortable confines of the Aud, setting the stage for their game six victory. At the Forum for the deciding game, the Sabres checking game was so determined that the Canadiens shot counter registered a single shot on goal throughout the second period, which would establish a franchise record for offensive futility. When the shot counter mysteriously rose to three as time expired with no apparent increase in the actual shots, it was presumed by some that the Canadiens had simply increased the number to avoid the embarrassment of the single shot on goal while facing playoff elimination. The Sabres victory over the Canadiens stands as their greatest playoff success. Montreal's lineup was a dynasty in the making which included 12 future Hall of Famers including coach Scotty Bowman and future coach/GM Glen Sather. This was Montreal's last playoff defeat before embarking on their four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1976-1979.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 8th 1973, Gump Worsley decides to postpone retirement after watching the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens combine for 15 goals in game five of the Stanley Cup finals. Worsley had considered hanging up his gear after a long and storied career in the NHL after seeing his GAA rise from 2.12 in 1971-72 to 2.88 in 1972-73. But after watching the NHL's two best goaltenders, Ken Dryden and Tony Esposito, surrender a combined 15 goals, the Gumper decided he had another season left and played 29 games for Minnesota in 1973-74. The 15 goals set a record for the most goals ever scored in a finals game. Stan Mikita had two goals and two helpers and Jim Pappin scored twice for the Hawks while Claude Larose had a pair of goals for the Habs.
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On this date in hockey history, May 8th 1970, Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins was awarded the Hart Trophy as the MVP of the NHL. Orr was the first defenseman to win the Hart since 1944 when Babe Pratt of the New York Rangers won the award scoring 17 goals and 40 assists for 57 points in only 50 games. Orr went on to win the MVP three consecutive seasons. He also won his third consecutive Noriss Trophy as best defenseman that year, an award he would win for eight straight seasons. Orr is regarded by many as the best player ever, including this writer.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 8th 1982, Mike Bossy showed why he is the Boss of goal scoring as he led the New York Islanders to a 6-5 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in game one of the Stanley Cup finals by notching his third goal of the game against goalie Richard Brodeur at 19:58 of overtime. Bossy had tied the game at 15:14 of the third period. The Islanders swept the series in four consecutive games to win their third straight Stanley Cup championship.
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On this date in hockey history, May 8th 1979, Stan Jonathan of the Boston Bruins scores his only NHL playoff hat trick in the Bruins' 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens, in game six of the semi finals at the Boston Garden.

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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 9th 1974, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game two of the finals. This was the Flyers first victory at the Boston Garden since November 12th 1967, a streak of 0-17-2. Bobby Clarke led the way for the Flyers with the winner in OT among his three point game (2-1-3). Clarke's spontaneous knee high jump for joy became an iconic moment in team history.

On May 9th 1976, Reggie Leach scored for a record 10th straight Stanley Cup playoff game as the Flyers lost 4-3 at the Forum in Montreal in game one of the finals.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 9th 1978: Ken Dryden made 23 saves for his 10th career playoff shutout 2-0 at Maple Leaf Gardens as the Montreal Canadiens swept of the Toronto Maple Leafs in four straight games in the semifinals. Jacques Lemaire scores in the first period and Steve Shutt gets a power-play goal early in the second for the Canadiens, who win their eighth straight playoff game on the road.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history history, May 9th 1981, the Minnesota Nhl North Stars defeated the Calgary Flames 5-3 at the Met Center to win their semi final playoff series in six games. This victory sent the North Stars into the finals for the first time in franchise history. Rookie Brad Palmer scored twice while Gilles Meloche made 23 saves.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 10 1970, Bobby Orr scores “The Goal”, the most famous goal in NHL history 40 seconds into overtime against the St. Louis Blues. The goal culminated a four game sweep for the Boston Bruins and won the Stanley Cup championship. Orr was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs.
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This day in hockey history, May 10th 1973, Pit Martin scored a hat trick as the Chicago Blackhawks lost 6-4 to the Montreal Canadiens the sixth and deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals. The win made the Canadiens the 1973 Stanley Cup Champions.
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This day in hockey history, May 10th 1954, Red Kelly of the Detroit Red Wings was named the first winner of the Norris Trophy for the NHL's best defenseman. The trophy was named after James E. Norris, the Red Wings owner from 1932-52. The Norris trophy has been awarded 63 times, by 24 different players. Bobby Orr won it eight times, Niklas Lidstrom seven times and Ray Bourque five times. Those three players have won it a combined 20 of a possible 63 opportunities.
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This day in New York Rangers history, May 11th 1997, Adam Graves scores 14:08 into overtime to eliminate the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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This day in hockey history, May 11th 1971, Jean Beliveau scored his final playoff goal in Montreal's 5-2 win over Chicago in game four of the Stanley Cup finals. It was his 79th career playoff goal, second all time behind Maurice Richard’s 82. Wayne Gretzky holds the current record with 122 career playoff goals.
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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, May 11th 1968, it was Toe Blake's final game as coaching Les Habitants and the Canadiens defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 at the Montreal Forum to sweep the best fo seven final series and win their 15th Stanley Cup championship.
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This day in hockey history, May 11th 1972, the Boston Bruins shutout the New York Rangers 3-0 in game six of the finals to win the Stanley Cup. Bobby Orr scored the first goal of the game, making him the fourth player to score two Stanley Cup winning goals in his career. Orr was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He was the first player to be voted MVP of the playoffs twice.
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This day in playoff history, May 11th 1992, Jaromír Jágr scored the first ever penalty shot goal in Pittsburgh Penguins playoff history in their 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in game five of the Patrick Division finals.
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Despite scoring 105 points for the Toronto Marlboros in the 1983-84 season, including 51 goals (10th best in the OHL), Steve Thomas went undrafted. The Maple Leafs were quite familiar with Thomas since the Marlboros played their home games at Maple Leaf Gardens and signed him as a free agent on this day in hockey history May 12th 1984. He found immediate success as a pro with Toronto's AHL farm the St. Catharines Saints in 1984-85 posting 42-48-90 totals in 64 games. Thomas made his debut as a full time Maple Leaf in 1986-87 with 20 goals and 37 assists in 65 games, then adding 14 points in 10 playoff games (6-8-14).
The Leafs traded Thomas to Chicago on September 3rd 1987 along with Rick Vaive and Bob McGill for Ed Olczyk and Al Secord. Thomas was an effective scorer for Chicago with 82 goals in 201 games including 40 goals in 1989-90. But the Hawks shipped him to the Islanders on October 25th 1991 along with Adam Creighton for Brent Sutter and Brad Lauer. With the Isles Thomas scored 118 goals in 275 games including 37 in 1992-93 and 42 in 1993-94.
All together Thomas played 1,235 games with seven different teams and scored 421 goals and 933 points with 1,306 PIMs. In the playoffs he played 174 games scoring 54 goals and 53 assists. Four of those points exactly nine years later when he scored twice and added two helpers for a big 7-5 win for the Islanders over the Penguins to force a game 7.
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This day in hockey history, May 12th, 1995, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 in overtime in game four of the eastern conference quarterfinals, this was the third shutout in a row for Martin Brodeur. The Bruins had won game three 3-2 and lost game five 3-2 losing the series in five games, scoring only five goals while the Devils had 14 in the five games. The Devils outscored the Penguins 17-8 in five games in the next round. Against the Flyers in the conference finals the Devils gave up q comparatively exorbitant 14 goals but recovered in the finals with only seven goals against in a four game sweep of the Red Wings. With 34 goals against in 20 games that was a GAA of 1.7 per game.
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This day in hockey history, May 12th 1996, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game five of the western conference semifinals. Brett Hull scored a goal and an assist to reach 100 playoff points, the second player in Blues history to hit the milestone, in their 3-2 win at Detroit in Game 5 of the conference semis.
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On this day in hockey history, May 12th 1973, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed free agents Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom." It could be argued that every European player collecting a salary in the NHL today owes a share to Börje Salming. Way back in 1973, he opened the doors to North American professional hockey for his fellow countrymen. At that time, after the first Summit Series, Canadians and Americans had come to respect the disciples of the Soviet hockey school, but the Scandinavian players were nicknamed ‘Swedish chickens.’ The joke was based on Sweden’s national colors, but no doubt it had a double meaning. Börje Salming helped eradicate that stereotype. (From the HHOF website)
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On this date in NHL history, May 13th 1933, The NHL Board of Governors voted to lower the salary cap from $70,000 to 65,000 per team. Of course that wouldn't even cover the stick budget for a team today.
On this date in hockey history, May 13th 1939, Art Ross submitted to the NHL Board of Governors a new type of hockey stick made of metal with a replaceable blade made from wood. Ross had always been an innovator. As a player he became one of the first to carry the puck up ice rather than pass to a team mate. He designed the modern hockey puck with beveled edges to increase control while stick handling. Ross improved the goal net with a design that kept the puck from ricocheting out that the NHL used for nearly 50 years. He also donated the Art Ross Trophy to be awarded each season to the NHL's leading scorer. Over 40 years after he introduced his metal stick, Brad Park became the first NHL player to use an aluminum stick in 1980.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 13th 1987, Kent Nilsson scored a pair of goals and two assists, with Glenn Anderson picking up five helpers as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 at Edmonton's Northlands Coliseum in Game 5 of the Campbell Conference Finals. With this victory, the Oilers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals vs the Philadelphia Flyers.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 13th, 1980, Denis Potvin scored a power play goal with one second remaining in the penalty at 4:07 of overtime. This goal gave the New York Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals. It was the first OT power play goal in Stanley Cup Finals' history.
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This day in hockey history, May 13th 2006, Jason Pominville scored at 2:26 of OT to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win and a 4-1 series win against the Ottawa Senators in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Pominville was the first player in playoff history to score a series ending shorthanded goal in overtime. He attacked and exploited Senators star forward Daniel Alfredsson who was playing point on the power play, wheeling around him on the off wings to score his spectacular game winner. Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret delivered one of his Hall Of Fame calls intoning "Now do you believe. These guys are good scary good."
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This day in New York Rangers history, May 13th 1979, the Blueshirts defeated the Canadiens 4-1 at the Montreal Forum in game one of the 1979 Stanley Cup finals. Montreal came back with four straight wins to win the Stanley Cup for the fourth straight season.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 14th 1995, the Quebec Nordiques defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 at Le Colisee in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals. This was the final NHL game played in Quebec City.
In the 1994–95 shortened 48 game season, the Nordiques played well and finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The team faltered in the postseason and was eliminated in the first round by the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers.
The playoff loss proved to be Quebec's swan song in the NHL as the team's financial troubles increasingly took center stage, even in the face of renewed fan support over the previous three years. Quebec City was by far the smallest market in the NHL, and the second-smallest market in North America to host a big-league team (behind only Green Bay, Wisconsin). The league's Canadian teams (with the exception of Montreal, Toronto, and to a lesser extent, Vancouver) found it difficult to compete in a new age of rising player salaries. This made many of the players concerned about their marketability, especially since the Nords always played in the long shadow of the Canadiens. In addition, most players were skittish about playing in what was virtually a unilingual Francophone city. Then as now, there were no privately owned English-language radio stations in the city, and only one privately owned English-language television station. The only English-language newspaper is a weekly. Unlike in Montreal, public address announcements were given only in French.
Aubut asked for a bailout from Quebec's provincial government. It didn't go through, and in May 1995, shortly after the Nordiques were eliminated from the playoffs, Aubut was forced to sell the team to a group of investors in Denver, Colorado. The franchise was moved to Denver where it was renamed the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche would win the Stanley Cup in their first season after the move, and add another in 2001.
The Nordiques had planned to change their logo, colours, and uniforms for the 1995–96 season, and the new design had already appeared in the Canadian press.
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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, May 14th 1977, Jacques Lemaire scored twice, including the winning goal at 4:32 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 win at Boston in game four of the finals. Montreal swept the Bruins in four straight games to clinch the 1977 Stanley Cup, their 20th Stanley Cup championship.
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On this date in hockey history, May 18th, 1973, Bobby Orr became the first player in NHL history to win an individual award for six consecutive seasons when he was named the winner of the James Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, May 18th, the Leafs bought Jacques Plante from the St Louis Blues. The legendary Plante brought his hall of fame career to Toronto with six Stanley Cup championships, seven Vezina trophies and one Hart trophy with the Montreal Canadiens. Plante posted a 48-38-15 record with a 2.46 GAA in 3 seasons with the Leafs. Plante played 40 games with a carer best 0.942 save % in his first season with Toronto. He served as a mentor for young Bernie Parent who also became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 19th 1974, Rick MacLeish scored the only goal as the Phiiladelphia Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 in game six of the playoff final to become the first post 1967 expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. Bernie Parent earned was named the Conn Smythe Tropht winner as playoff MVP having gone 12-5 with a 2.02 GAA and two shutouts..


On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 19th 1984, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the NY Islanders 5-2 in Game five of the playoff finals, with Wayne Gretzky scoring a pair of goals and one assist, to win the 1984 Stanley Cup Championship. This was the Oilers first Cup win and they became the first former WHA team to win the Stanley Cup.
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On this date in Stanley Cup history, May 19th 1989, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 4-3 at the Montreal Forum in game three of the playoff finals. In that game, Larry Robinson became the first player to play in 200 NHL playoff games.
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This day in New York Rangers history, May 19th 1994, in an epic playoff series the New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Meadowlands in New Jersey with Stephane Matteau scoring the game winner at 26:13 of overtime.
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This day in WHA history, May 20th 1979, the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 7-3 in the last game of the final WHA playoff championship series for the Avco Cup. Dave Semenko of the Oilers scored the final goal in the history of the WHA.
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This day in WHA history, May 22nd 1978, Bobby Hull scored the winning goal as the Winnipeg Jets beat the New England Whalers 5-3 in game four of the playoff finals, to win the 1978 Avco Cup, as the WHA Champions.
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