June 10 NHL History
1971: The Montreal Canadiens use the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft to select forward Guy Lafleur, who’s coming off a season when he scores 130 goals in 62 games for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Canadiens hit another home run in the second round by selecting defenseman Larry Robinson. The two become key members of Montreal’s dynasty in the late 1970s and are each later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1996: The Colorado Avalanche cap their first season in Denver by doing something they couldn’t do during their 16 seasons as the Quebec Nordiques: win the Stanley Cup. Patrick Roy makes 63 saves before defenseman Uwe Krupp scores 4:31 into the third overtime to give the Avalanche a 1-0 victory against the Florida Panthers at Miami Arena and complete a four-game sweep of the Final. Krupp’s slap shot from the right point beats Florida goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, ending a game that takes nearly five hours. Colorado captain Joe Sakic wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
1999: Defenseman Craig Ludwig scores his first playoff goal in 11 years to help the Stars defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Reunion Arena. Ludwig beats Dominik Hasek for his first playoff goal since 1988 and Brett Hull puts the Stars ahead 3-2 when he scores with 2:50 remaining in the third period. Dallas evens the best-of-7 series 1-1.
2000: The New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup for the second time in their history when Jason Arnott scores at 8:20 of the second overtime to give them a 2-1 against Dallas in Game 6 of the Final at Reunion Arena.
The teams score goals 69 seconds apart early in the second period, then play more than 60 minutes of scoreless hockey until Arnott finishes off a pass from Patrik Elias by beating Dallas goaltender Ed Belfour to give the Devils their first championship since 1995.
Defenseman Scott Stevens, New Jersey’s captain, wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Larry Robinson becomes the third coach in NHL history to guide his team to the Stanley Cup after taking over during the season; by replacing Robbie Ftorek with eight games remaining, he becomes the latest to take over a Cup-winner.
2002: Dominik Hasek makes 17 saves to become the first NHL goalie to have a shutout in each of the four rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the visiting Detroit Red Wings defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 in Game 4 of the Final. Hull becomes the fourth player to score 100 NHL playoff goals when he beats Arturs Irbe early in the second period to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman becomes the all-time leader with his 35th win in the Final.
2011: Roberto Luongo earns his second 1-0 shutout of the Final when the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Boston Bruins in Game 5 at Rogers Arena. Luongo becomes the second goaltender in NHL history to have multiple 1-0 victories in one Final series, matching Frank McCool of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1945. Vancouver’s Maxim Lapierre beats Boston goaltender Tim Thomas at 4:35 of the third period and Luongo makes 31 saves to give the Canucks a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
2016: The hockey world loses one of its greatest players and people when Gordie Howe dies at age 88. Howe joins the Detroit Red Wings in 1946 and spends the next 25 seasons in Hockeytown. He wins the Hart Trophy as League MVP six times, the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer six times and helps the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup four times. Howe finishes in the top five in scoring for 20 consecutive seasons. He retires after the 1970-71 season, but returns to the ice two years later with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association, playing alongside his sons Mark and Marty. Howe spends four seasons with Houston and two with the New England Whalers before returning to the NHL when the Whalers are one of four WHA teams that join the NHL. Though he turns 52 late in the season, he plays all 80 regular-season games for the renamed Hartford Whalers, finishing with 15 goals and 41 points, and has a goal and an assist in three playoff games. He retires as the NHL record-holder in games played (1,767), goals (801), assists (1,049) and points (1,850). In retirement, Howe becomes known as “Mr. Hockey,” helping to promote the sport and forge ties with generations of fans who never saw him play. One of the kids who idolize him, Wayne Gretzky, goes on to break many of Howe’s scoring records.