THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 12
1981: Bryan Trottier and Anders Kallur score shorthanded goals 47 seconds apart to spark the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Nassau Coliseum. Trottier beats Gilles Meloche at 14:38, then sets up Kallur’s goal at 15:25 to give New York a 3-0 lead.
1986: The St. Louis Blues pull off the “Monday Night Miracle” with one of the great comebacks in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
The Blues are 20 minutes from elimination when they enter the third period in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference Final trailing the Calgary Flames 4-1. They’re down 5-2 with less than 10 minutes remaining, and it’s 5-3 with time running out when Greg Paslawski steps into the role of hero. He scores with 4:11 remaining to cut the deficit to 5-4, then ties the game 5-5 with 1:08 to play.
Soon after the Flames forward Joe Mullen hits the post in overtime, Blues center Doug Wickenheiser jumps on a blocked shot and beats goaltender Mike Vernon at 7:30 for a 6-5 victory, one of the biggest wins in Blues history. The cheering and celebration by the 17,801 fans at the St. Louis Arena continues well after both teams have left the ice.
1987: Larry Robinson ties a Montreal Canadiens playoff record for defensemen with four points (one goal, three assists) in a 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum in Game 5 of the Wales Conference Final. Robinson’s first-period power-play goal puts Montreal ahead to stay.
1993: Steve Thomas scores two goals and has two assists to lead the Islanders to a 7-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum in Game 6 of the Patrick Division Final. Thomas’ second goal of the game, midway through the third period, stands as the game-winner after Kevin Stevens scores his second of the game with less than three minutes remaining.
2003: Jean-Sebastien Giguere makes 24 saves for his second consecutive shutout in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks’ 2-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. Kurt Sauer and Rob Niedermayer provide the offense by scoring shorthanded goals.
2013: The Detroit Red Wings become the first NHL team to win 14 Game 7s by defeating the Ducks 3-2 at Honda Center in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Henrik Zetterberg scores a goal and sets up another for the seventh-seeded Red Wings, and Jimmy Howard makes 31 saves. It is the Red Wings’ 14th win in 23 Game 7s. For the Ducks, it’s the first of four consecutive years when their season ends with a Game 7 loss at home.