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#TBT: the Oilers First Cup, the Canucks are Born, Nicklas Lidstrom, and more

The playoff history is still alive and well in this week’s glance back at hockey history. Here’s what happened the week of May 18-24:


May 24, 1994: Despite trailing 3-0 going into the second period, the Canucks come back to beat the Leafs 4-3 in double OT to advance to the Cup Final for the second time in franchise history.

May 24, 2011: Exactly 17 years later, Kevin Bieksa nets one against San Jose in double OT to once again advance to the Finals.

May 22, 1970: The Canucks are granted an NHL franchise, along with Buffalo, increasing the NHL from 12 to 14 teams. The expansion fee in 1970 was $6 million, compared to Las Vegas’s $500 million fee last year.

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May 20, 1986: The Flames and Canadiens combine for four goals in a 1:34 span, setting a record for the fastest four goals scored by two teams in a Stanley Cup Finals game.

May 19, 2004: The Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 15 years.


May 20, 1979: Before moving to the NHL upon the WHA’s folding, the Winnipeg Jets are the final team to win the Avco Cup when they beat the Oilers 7-3.

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May 18, 1970: The Leafs acquired Jacques Plante from St. Louis for cash on this day. The Hall of Fame goaltender would post a 2.46 GAA in three seasons with the Leafs.


May 24, 1988: At 16:37 of the second period of Game 4 between the Bruins and Oilers at the Boston Garden, a power outage caused the game to end early. The scoring totals were still counted and it was announced that the game would be re-played in Boston at the end of the series, if necessary. Personally, I think the NHL missed out on a prime chance to introduce glow-in-the-dark hockey.

May 24, 1990: Ah, the end of the dynasty… The Oilers hoisted the Holy Grail for the fifth time in seven seasons on this day when they defeated the Bruins 4-1 in Game 5.

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May 19, 1984: The Oilers win their first ever Stanley Cup Championship when they defeat the Islanders 5-2. They would go onto win the Cup four times in five years.

May 19, 2000: Glen Sather steps down as Oilers GM and would be replaced by Kevin Lowe.


May 22, 2009: Nicklas Lidstrom sets an NHL record when he plays in his 228th consecutive playoff game. He would finish his career with 263 playoff games.

May 22, 2002: Dominik Hasek picks up an assist on an OT goal and becomes the first goaltender to ever do so in a playoff overtime game.

May 20, 2002: Chris Chelios appears in his 200th playoff game, becoming the first American-born player to do so.

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May 19, 1996: Paul Coffey scores twice in a 3-2 loss to the Avs, becoming the highest-scoring defenceman in playoff history with 57 goals.