messier tells reporters that the rangers, down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, will force a game 7. his words are on the front pages of newspapers all over the new york area.
with the rangers trailing 2-0 late in the second period, messier sets up alex kovalev before intermission to cut the devils’ lead to 2-1. He ties the game early in the third period, puts New York ahead 3-2 with 7:48 remaining, and caps off his performance by lobbing the puck across the ice into an empty net.
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“I felt like [guaranteeing a win] would be a great way to let my players know that I believed we could go in and win game 6, because we had beaten them six times during the regular season, three times in their building,” says messier.
1978: the montreal canadiens win the stanley cup for the third consecutive season by defeating the boston bruins 4-1 in game 6 of the final. After defenseman Brad Park scores a power-play goal 4:05 into the game to give hope to the full house at Boston Garden, Steve Shutt and Mario Tremblay score within 2:19 to give Montreal a lead from 2-1. tremblay and rejean houle score late in the second half to make it 4-1. Ken Dryden finishes with 15 saves. Montreal defenseman Larry Robinson wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
1985: wayne gretzky scores three goals in the first period as the edmonton oilers hold on to a 4-3 win over the philadelphia flyers in game 3 of the finals at the northlands coliseum. Defenseman Paul Coffey assists on all three of Gretzky’s goals, as well as a second-period power play goal from Mike Krushelnyski that proves to be the game winner when the wingers bounce back in the third period. Mark Howe and Brian Propp score to make it a one-goal game with 5:34 remaining, but give up more finishes with 27 saves to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
video: wayne gretzky all-time leader in goals, points
1989: lanny mcdonald ends his career as stanley cup champion when the calgary flames defeat the canadiens 4-2 in game 6 of the forum finals. mcdonald scores at 4:24 of the second period to put the flames up 2-1, and doug gilmour scores twice in the third to seal the first championship in flames history. it’s the only time the Canadians have lost the last game of the final in their own building.
video: 1989 cup final, gm6: mcdonald leads the flames to cup victory
1991: the pittsburgh penguins put an exclamation point on their first ever championship by defeating the minnesota north stars 8-0 in game 6 of the finals at met center . Mario Lemieux scores a goal and has three assists, and Tom Barraso makes 39 saves for the first playoff shutout of his NHL career. Lemieux receives the Conn Smythe Trophy after scoring 16 goals and finishing with 44 points in 23 playoff games.
1998: bill clinton becomes the first American president to sit down. president to attend an nhl game. he is at the mci center to watch the washington capitals defeat the buffalo sabers 3-2 in overtime in game 2 of the eastern conference finals. Buffalo forces overtime when Matthew Barnaby scores a power-play goal with 57 seconds remaining in the third period to make it 2-2. but todd krygier scores 3:01 in ot to even the best-of-7 series with a win apiece.
2002:patrick roy sets an nhl record for most career postseason games. He makes 31 saves in his 237th postseason appearance to help the Colorado Avalanche defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at the Pepsi Center. Roy breaks Messier’s record of 236 postseason games.
video: patrick roy won the stanley cup four times, three times
2015:matt beleskey scores 45 seconds after overtime, giving the anaheim ducks a 5-4 victory against the chicago blackhawks at the honda center in game 5 of the western conference finals. The Ducks lead 3-0 after one period and 4-2 with less than two minutes remaining in the third, but Chicago’s Jonathan Toews scores twice with goaltender Corey Crawford on the bench for an extra attacker, forcing overtime. Beleskey’s goal gives Anaheim a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
2016: the san jose sharks advance to the stanley cup final for the first time since entering the nhl in 1991 by defeating the st. louis blues 5-2 at sap center in game 6 of the western conference finals. Joel Ward scores two goals and Martin Jones made 23 saves for the Sharks. It’s the first trip to the Finals for veteran Sharks forwards Patrick Marleau (1,411 games) and Joe Thornton (1,347); His combined 2,478 nhl regular season games played is the most by two teammates to reach the cup final for the first time.
2017: The defending champion pittsburgh penguins defeat the ottawa senators 3-2 in double overtime to win game 7 of the eastern conference final and advance to the cup final. Striker Chris Kunitz, who hasn’t scored a goal in the playoffs, opens the scoring midway through the second half and scores the game-winner at 5:09 of second overtime.