Lord Stanley's Top Game 7s

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 5:49 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Penguins fans attend a pep rally today ahead of the team's Game 7 meeting with Detroit.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins to decide the Stanley Cup finals tonight, David Schoenfield takes a look at the best Game 7s in NHL championship history for ESPN. Some highlights:

  • 1950: Red Wings 4, Rangers 3 (2 OT). Pete Babando’s goal 8½ minutes into the second overtime capped a series that saw the last four games decided by one goal, three of them OT.
  • 1994: Rangers 3, Canucks 2. New York hangs on in front of a delirious crowd to end the franchise’s 54-year Cup drought.

  • 1971: Canadiens 3, Blackhawks 2: Chicago coughed up an early 2-0 lead, with one of Montreal’s goals coming on Jacques Lemaire’s slap shot from center ice.
  • 2004: Lightning 2, Flames 1: After OT in Game 5 and double-OT in Game 6, Tampa Bay took an early lead and goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stood on his head late to make it stand up.
For the full list, and other Game 7 superlatives, click the link below.
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