May 30 NHL History
1985: The Edmonton Oilers roll to their second Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 8-3 in Game 5 of the Final at Northlands Coliseum.
Jari Kurri matches the single-season Stanley Cup Playoff record by scoring his 19th goal 4:54 into the first period; he ties the mark set by Reggie Leach of the Flyers in 1976. The primary assist goes to Wayne Gretzky, who finishes with a goal and three assists. Gretzky wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after setting single-season playoff records with 30 assists and 47 points. He ends up plus-28 in Edmonton’s 18 playoff games.
Paul Coffey and Mark Messier score two goals each for the Oilers, who lead 4-1 after one period and 7-1 after two.
The win is the fourth in a row for the Oilers after they lose the series opener in Philadelphia.
1998: Forward Craig Berube scores the first playoff goal of his 12-year NHL career when he breaks a scoreless tie at 2:34 of the third period, and the visiting Washington Capitals defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. Berube’s unassisted goal against Dominik Hasek comes in his 59th playoff game. Joe Juneau puts the game away at 13:38 when his 70-footer gets past Hasek during a Buffalo power play. Olaf Kolzig outplays Hasek, making 30 saves for his fourth shutout of the ’98 playoffs.
1999: Chris Drury ties a rookie record with his fourth game-winning goal and the Colorado Avalanche defeat the Dallas Stars 7-5 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Reunion Arena in Dallas. Drury’s second goal of the game, at 13:16 of the third period, breaks a 5-5 tie. He equals the rookie mark for game-winners set by Claude Lemieux of the Montreal Canadiens in 1986. Patrick Roy makes 25 saves and becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to win 40 or more playoff games with two teams.
2000: Defenseman Ken Daneyko, the only member of the New Jersey Devils to play in each of their 126 playoff games, scores his first postseason goal since 1995 in a 7-3 victory against Dallas in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Daneyko breaks a 1-1 tie early in the second period, triggering a run of six consecutive goals by the Devils.
2012: Anze Kopitar scores a breakaway goal 8:13 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory against the Devils in Game 1 of the Final at Prudential Center. Kopitar beats Martin Brodeur to give the Kings their playoff-record ninth consecutive road win. Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick makes 16 saves, allowing only a second-period goal to defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
2016: Center Nick Bonino scores with 2:33 remaining in the third period to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Final at Consol Energy Center. Bonino takes a pass from defenseman Kris Letang and beats goaltender Martin Jones with a shot that hits his blocker and deflects into the net. It’s the first Cup Final game in the 25-year history of the Sharks.
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