First, though, another anniversary, and there sure are a lot of them around this time of year, almost all of them from 16 years ago.
On June 7, 1994, a certain Rangers goalie made a particularly dramatic save on a certain Vancouver sniper during a critical series-turning penalty shot. Remember that?
The Cup is always in the house for Game 6, so it will be Wednesday.
That means that the inaugural Boneheads Stanley Cup Finals Extravaganza (and picnic) Contest No. 1 and No. 2 could be ending. Anybody who had Blackhawks in four or five, or Flyers in four, five or six, is out of Contest No. 1
But everybody who entered BSCFE Contest No. 2 and picked a Blackhawk has a shot to win the prize Wednesday. So pay attention as that game goes along. And if you had a Flyer, then root hard for a Game 7.
Here are some post-Game 5 notes from the NHL:
2010 STANLEY CUP FINAL POST-GAME NOTES – GAME 5
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 4 at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 7 – JUNE 6, 2010
TEAMS WINNING GAME 5 OF THE STANLEY CUP FINAL WITH SERIES TIED 2-2
In the 20 previous Stanley Cup Final series tied 2-2, the club winning Game 5 has won the Stanley Cup 14 times (70%). The six clubs that successfully overcame a Game 5 loss: the 1950 Detroit Red Wings, 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2001 Colorado Avalanche, 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins.
Year Stanley Cup Champions After Losing Game 5 (tied 2-2)
1950 Detroit Red Wings * (vs. NY Rangers)
1964 Toronto Maple Leafs * (vs. Detroit)
1971 Montreal Canadiens (vs. Chicago)
2001 Colorado Avalanche * (vs. New Jersey)
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning * (vs. Calgary)
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins (vs. Detroit)
- lost Game 5 at home
HOME CLUBS 5-0 IN STANLEY CUP FINAL
Home clubs are 5-0 in the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive season. In 2009, the home teams won the first six games before the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7. In the 20 years prior to 2009, the home team won the first five games just once, in 2003 (New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks).
Since the best-of-seven format was implemented in 1939, home clubs have won all seven games in the Stanley Cup Final on three occasions, in 1955, 1965 and 2003.
Most Home Victories, Both Teams, Stanley Cup Final
7 Detroit Red Wings (four), Montreal Canadiens (three), in 1955.
Montreal Canadiens (four), Chicago Blackhawks (three), in 1965.
New Jersey Devils (four), Anaheim Ducks (three), in 2003.
6 Montreal Canadiens (three), Chicago Blackhawks (three), in 1971.
Pittsburgh Penguins (three), Detroit Red Wings (three), in 2009.
HIGHEST SCORING STANLEY CUP FINAL SERIES SINCE 1981
There have been 40 goals scored in this series (Chicago 21, Philadelphia 19), the most through the first five games of the Stanley Cup Final since 1981 when the New York Islanders and Minnesota North Stars combined for 42 in a five-game series win for the Islanders. The five-game total this year is more than the total of any Final, of any length, since the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks scored 40 times in the Rangers’ seven-game victory in 1994.
FROM CONFERENCE FINALS ON, ‘HOME SWEET HOME’
Road clubs posted a winning record through the Conference Semifinals of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs but home clubs have reversed the trend since the start of the Conference Finals.
Home Team Statistics W-L Pct GF GA
Through Conference Semifinals: 35-39 .473 207 234
Conference Finals and SC Final: 11-3 .786 52 32