THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 3
1982: Center Dave Keon announces his retirement after 18 seasons in the NHL, the first 15 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Keon, one of the best two-way players in League history, ends his career with 396 goals and 986 points in 1,296 NHL games. He is a key member of the Toronto teams that win the Stanley Cup in 1962, ’63 and ’64, and again in 1967 when he’s awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs.
1993: Eric Desjardins of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first NHL defenseman to score three goals in the Stanley Cup Final … with a little help from Los Angeles Kings defenseman Marty McSorley’s illegal stick.
The Kings led the Canadiens 2-1 entering the final 2:00 of Game 2 at the Forum. But Montreal coach Jacques Demers, reportedly on the advice of captain Guy Carbonneau, asks that the curve on McSorley’s stick be measured. After it’s found to be in excess of the legal limit, referee Kerry Fraser sends the defenseman to the penalty box for using an illegal stick.
The Canadiens take advantage of the late power play when Desjardins scores his second goal of the game at 18:47, sending the game into overtime tied 2-2. Desjardins then beats Kelly Hrudey 51 seconds into OT to give the Canadiens an improbable 3-2 win that sends the best-of-7 series to Los Angeles even at 1-1. It’s the eighth consecutive overtime win for Montreal.
“Did I have an illegal stick? Yes, I did,” McSorley says in 2012. “Did I stand up after the fact and say, ‘Listen, I had an illegal stick?’ Yes, I did.”
2000: Jason Arnott has a goal and an assist, rookie defenseman Brian Rafalski has two assists and the New Jersey Devils defeat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in Game 3 of the Cup Final at Reunion Arena. Arnott ties the game 1-1 late in the first period and has an assist on Petr Sykora’s power-play goal early in the second. Martin Brodeur makes 22 saves for the Devils, who take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
2004: The Calgary Flames tie an NHL single-season playoff record with their 10th road victory by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime in Game 5 of the Final. Oleg Saprykin beats Nikolai Khabibulin at 14:40 for the win after the Lightning overcome 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. Miikka Kiprusoff makes 26 saves for the Flames.
2013: The Boston Bruins outscore the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in the first period and win 6-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center. It’s the first time in 30 years that a visiting team scores four or more goals in the first period of a conference final or Stanley Cup Final game. The victory gives the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
2015: The Chicago Blackhawks get goals by Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette less than two minutes into the third period to defeat the Lightning 2-1 in Game 1 of the Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Teravainen ties the game at 13:28, ending a shutout streak of 113:28 by Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. He sets up Vermette’s game-winner, a shot that deflects off the stick of Lightning forward J.T. Brown and past Bishop at 15:26.