There's little better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins win Wednesday night may not have been a classic, but there have been several great ones over the years. Here's a look at the best of them.
April 14, 1955: Red Wings 3, Canadiens 1
Gordie Howe scored the eventual game-winner late in the second period, giving Mr. Hockey his fourth and final Stanley Cup. The talent-laded Habs were no match for the Howe-led Wings, who set a record at the time with 20 postseason points in just 11 games.
June 9, 2003: Devils 3, Mighty Ducks 0
Mike Rupp was the offensive hero in the game, notching a goal and two assists, but it was the 24-save effort from Martin Brodeur and the stifling Devils defense that really shined in this clincher. Brodeur, who lost out to Anaheim goalie J.S. Giguere for the Conn Smythe, recorded his third shutout of the Finals in Game 7.
June 7, 2004: Lightning 2, Flames 1
This series was known for the one-on-one battle between Tampa Bay's Vinny Lecavalier and Calgary's Jarome Iginla. But Game 7 will be best remembered for the feeling that it would be the last NHL game we'd see for quite some time, with the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season looming on the horizon. Ruslan Fedotenko scored both goals for the Lightning in the finale.
June 9, 2001: Avalanche 3, Devils 1
Everyone wanted to see Ray Bourque finally lift the Cup. One of the greatest defensemen in NHL history, Bourque was acquired by the Avalanche from the Bruins, not only to help the team win it all, but also, in part, to give him a chance to get the elusive ring. After falling behind 2-0, the Devils scored to make it close, but couldn't put another one past Patrick Roy in the Colorado net.
April 18, 1942: Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 1
For years, the only team to rally from a 3-0 deficit in the NHL playoffs were these Leafs, and they did it to win the Stanley Cup. After those three games, the Leafs outscored Detroit 16-6 over the next four games to seal the victory. Sweeney Schriner scored two of the three second-period goals for Toronto in the win.
May 31, 1987: Oilers 3, Flyers 1
Despite the fact that Flyers goalie Ron Hextall won the Conn Smythe in a losing effort, the Oilers found a way to beat him and his teammates on this night. The Flyers, who'd rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force Game 7, took an early lead on a 5-on-3 power-play goal. But goals by Mark Messier and Jari Kurri (assisted by Wayne Gretzky) gave Edmonton the lead en route to the 3-1 win.
May 18, 1971: Canadiens 3, Blackhawks 2
Ken Dryden was one of the best to ever don the pads, and this is one game (and series) that helped cement his legacy. Dryden, a 23-year-old rookie at the time, won the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP that year. After his team fell behind the Blackhawks 2-0, Dryden refused to yield another score, giving his team a chance to rally for the win. A fluke goal by Jacques Lemaire began the comeback, and Henri Richard scored two more to give the Habs the Cup.
April 23, 1950: Red Wings 4, Rangers 3
The Rangers had two two-goal leads in this game, but the Red Wings were undeterred, becoming the first team to win the Stanley Cup in overtime of a Game 7 — and they needed double overtime to do it. It was a strange series that saw the Wings host five games, including Game 7, and the two Rangers "home" games moved to Toronto to accomodate the circus at Madison Square Garden. Pete Babando scored the game-winner in the clincher at 8:31 of the second OT.
June 12, 2009: Penguins 2, Red Wings 1
Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury got the Pens into Game 7, but Max Talbot played hero in the deciding game with a pair of goals against the always-dangerous Red Wings. A year after falling just short, Crosby's Penguins gave "Sid The Kid" his first Cup. Could another be on the way?
June 14, 1994: Rangers 3, Canucks 2
The New York Rangers ended years of opposing fans chanting "1940!" by ending a 54-year Stanley Cup drought after rebounding from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Canucks. Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Adam Graves led the way offensively, and Mike Richter was stellar in net. The Rangers entered the postseason that year with a sense of destiny surrounding them, and they delivered in fine style.