June 1 NHL History
1992: The Pittsburgh Penguins win their second straight Stanley Cup championship and complete a sweep of the Final by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 6-5 victory in Game 4 at Chicago Stadium. It’s the 11th consecutive playoff win for the Penguins, tying the NHL postseason record.
Pittsburgh takes three one-goal leads in the first period, only to have the Blackhawks pull even each time on a goal by Dirk Graham. Rick Tocchet puts Pittsburgh ahead 4-3 early in the second period, but Chicago ties the game 4-4 on a goal by Jeremy Roenick.
Larry Murphy’s goal early in the third period puts Pittsburgh ahead 5-4, and this time the Penguins get the next goal. Ron Francis scores what proves to be the Cup-winner at 7:59, giving Pittsburgh a 6-4 lead. Roenick makes it 6-5 when he scores again midway through the period.
Mario Lemieux, who has two assists in Game 4, wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the second straight year with 34 points in 15 games.
1993: The Los Angeles Kings make their first Stanley Cup Final game a success by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Forum. Wayne Gretzky sets up the Kings’ first three goals before hitting the empty net with 1:58 remaining. Kelly Hrudey makes 31 saves for the Kings, who are the last of the remaining 1967 expansion teams to reach the Final.
1995: The Detroit Red Wings win a playoff game in overtime at home for the first time since 1960 when defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scores 1:01 into OT for a 2-1 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit’s Keith Primeau ties the game 1-1 early in the second period after Chicago’s Joe Murphy scores a power-play goal late in the first. It’s Detroit’s first home OT win in the playoffs since a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 29, 1960, ending a streak of 10 straight losses.
1996: The Florida Panthers reach the Final in their third season by defeating the Penguins 3-1 in Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. John Vanbiesbrouck makes 39 saves and forward Tom Fitzgerald puts Florida ahead to stay by beating Tom Barrasso 6:18 into the third period for a 2-1 lead.
2011: Roberto Luongo becomes the sixth goaltender to earn a shutout in his first appearance in the Final by making 36 saves in the Vancouver Canucks’ 1-0 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 at Rogers Arena. Raffi Torres beats Boston goaltender Tim Thomas with 18.5 seconds remaining in the third period. It’s the first time since 1927 that Game 1 of the Final remains scoreless for this long (59:41).
2014: Defenseman Alec Martinez scores 5:47 into overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. Los Angeles trails 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 before Marian Gaborik scores with 7:17 remaining in the third period to get the Kings even at 4-4. Martinez wins the game when his shot from the left point hits Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and knuckles its way past goaltender Corey Crawford. Kings forward Justin Williams scores the seventh Game 7 goal of his career, tying Glenn Anderson for the most in NHL history. His teams are 7-0 in Game 7.
2016: Conor Sheary’s goal 2:35 into overtime gives the Penguins a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center. Sidney Crosby wins an offensive-zone faceoff and gets the puck to defenseman Kris Letang. He feeds Sheary just inside the left circle for a shots that beats Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Sheary, an undrafted free agent, becomes the first rookie since Brian Skrudland of the Montreal Canadiens 30 years earlier to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Final.