Memory Lane Monday: A Decade of Game Six

Stanley Cup boasts years of memorable history. Many of those record book goals, hits, and penalties took place in Game 6. As the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins prepare for the sixth contest Monday night, let’s look at ten years of game six Finals.

2010: Patrick Kane’s game winner on June 9, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers brought a Cup to Chicago and caused the Flyers to lose their sixth straight attempt in the Finals. The Blackhawks won the series 4-2 after their 4-3 overtime win in Game 6.

2009: I’m writing this next Cup memory with a grimace. The Pittsburgh Penguins not only defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6, but won the series 4-3 to snag Lord Stanley. The sixth showdown belonged in the mitts of Marc-Andre Fleury with a 0.962 save percentage. Hurricanes brother, Jordan Staal was second star of the night with his second period goal.

2008: The 2008 showdown between the Pens and Wings had a more desirable ending for me. Detroit won the series 4-2, a Game 6 clincher. Henrik Zetterberg had the 3rd period game winner after the Red Wings lost in triple overtime in Game 5.

2007: The year of the virgins. The Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators had never won the Stanley Cup prior to these Finals. The Ducks quickly changed their history by ending the series in five games on June 6th. Here’s a clip from their history making moment.

2006: {insert giddy giggles} Ah yeah, the year of the Storm. Our Carolina Hurricanes trump the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in this Cup series. Our beloved Cam Ward has named MVP and gifted with the Conn Smythe Trophy. I wouldn’t dare ruin those glorious memories with a video clip on the Game 6 shutout. So, we’ll move forward to Game 7…

2005: The year of no Game 6 or Stanley Cup at all. The NHL season was cancelled due to the lockout. No comment, moving on…

2004: Another first timer snags the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay beat the Calgary Flames in a 4-3 series. Game Six was an insane double overtime victory by the Bolts. Martin St. Louis scored the extra inning goal and also had a helper in the first period.

2003: The year of the impervious Paul Kariya. The man was still upon the ice for minutes after a crushing hit from Scott Stevens. Eleven minutes later, Kariya is not only back in the game but scores. Scores a flipping goal. Holy puck, this is hockey folks. This video made me cry with a smile.

2002: The Finals that make me feel shamefully guilty. I was not yet a Hurricanes fan living in northwestern Ohio. I cheered for the Red Wings. It was the Canes first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, they fell to Detroit in five games. The one shining moment was the game winning overtime goal of Ron Francis.

2001: Game 6 was a shutout for the Colorado Avalanche against the New Jersey Devils. Colorado went on to win the series 4-3. Cool Game 6 preview video…

2000: This year marks a decade of Game Sixes and boy, was it an unforgettable sixth contest. Jason Arnott scored 8:20 into the second overtime to win 2-1. The victory sealed the Stanley Cup for the New Jersey Devils as they defeated Dallas 4-2 in the series.

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