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36 fun facts about the Stanley Cup playoffs

Denis Potvin became captain of the Islanders in

Denis Potvin became captain of the Islanders in 1979 and led them to four straight Stanley Cup victories. Credit: Newsday File/Ozier Muhammad

1. During a 1988 series against the Bruins, Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld ripped Don Koharski's officiating with the line: "You fat pig! Have another doughnut!"

2. Fifteen clubs have made the Finals after a sub-.500 regular season. The Rangers have done it twice (1937 and 1950).

3. Marc-Andre Bergeron scored what proved to be the deciding goal in the Islanders' last playoff win, 3-2, in Game 2 of the opening round against Buffalo on April 14, 2007.

4. Nine penalty shots have been awarded in the Finals. Mike Richter denied Vancouver's Pavel Bure in 1994's Game 4.

5. Larry Robinson holds record for most consecutive seasons (20) in the postseason, with the Canadiens and Kings.

6. Calgary's Martin Gelinas scored the quickest OT goal (1:25) that decided a Game 7, against Van- couver (April 19, 2004).

7. In 229 best-of-seven series, a team has rallied from a 3-1 deficit 20 times (8.7 percent).

8. Montreal's current drought (no Cups since 1993) is the longest in the team's history. The Habs have won 24.

9. Brett Hull is the only player in the top five career playoff goal scorers who did not play with the Oilers dynasty.

10. Glenn Hall was in goal for the Blues when Bobby Orr scored in OT to send Bruins soaring to their first Cup in 29 years.

11. Bob Baun scored OT goal on a broken leg in Game 6 of Finals to help send the Leafs to eventual Cup victory in 1964.

12. There was no Stanley Cup winner in 1919 because of a flu outbreak. The Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans were tied 2-2-1.

13. Scotty Bowman led the Canadiens, Penguins and Red Wings to Cup victories.

14. The Stanley Cup itself has logged more than 400,000 travel miles during the past five seasons, according to

15. Remember the Oakland Seals? They made the playoffs in 1969 and 1970, before merging into oblivion.

16. Dale Hunter (Nordiques, Capitals) holds the career record for penalty minutes (729) in the playoffs.

17. Philly's Ron Hextall scored against Washington (April 11, 1989), becoming the first goalie to do so in the playoffs.

18. Chicago's Ed Belfour, Pittsburgh's Tom Barrasso and Montreal's Patrick Roy share the single-season playoff record for most consecutive wins by a goalie (11).

19. Joe Sakic holds the career record with eight postseason overtime goals.

20. No one's name appears on the Stanley Cup more than Jean Beliveau (17 times, including 10 as a player).

21. The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893 to the Montreal Hockey Club, the top amateur team in Canada. The Cup did not belong exclusively to the NHL until 1926.

22. The Cup has been won on an overtime goal 15 times. Most recently, Patrick Kane scored at 4:06 of overtime to beat the Flyers in Game 6 of the 2010 finals.

23. Although the name of every Cup winner has been engraved onto it, you can't actually see them all. That's because every 13 years, an old ring is removed from the top of the Cup to make room for a new one on the bottom.

24. The original Cup had much smaller rings than the ones you see today. After a while it got so long and skinny people called it the "Stovepipe Cup." It was redesigned in 1958 to its current, broader shape.

25. When the Devils' Martin Brodeur won the Cup in 2003, he took it to a movie theater and ate popcorn out of it.

26. Only one name has ever been crossed off the Cup: Oilers owner Peter Pocklington put the name of his father, Basil, on the Cup in 1984. The name was later overwritten by a series of Xs.

27. There are three versions of the Stanley Cup: The original bowl given by Lord Stanley, which is on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto; the "Presentation Cup," which is given to the champions each year; and the "Replica Cup," which is used as a stand-in when the Presentation Cup is not available.

28. Only three teams have come back to win Stanley Cup playoff series after trailing 0-3: The 1941-42 Maple Leafs, the 1974-75 Islanders and the 2010 Flyers.

29. Think it's easy lifting the Cup? It's not. It weighs 34.5 pounds, which is heavier than some of those gigantic bags of dog food. Trying lugging one of those around on skates.

30. A Montreal woman, Louise St. Jacques, is currently responsible for engraving all the names onto the Stanley Cup. It takes her about 10 hours to add all the new names each year.

31. The first woman to have her name engraved on the Cup was Marguerite Norris, who was president of the 1954 and 1955 champion Detroit Red Wings. Since then, 11 other women have been added to the Cup.

32. Charlotte Grahame, a director of hockey administration for the Colorado Avalanche, had her name added to the Cup in 2001. Later, her son John Grahame won the Cup with the Lightning in 2004. They are the only mother-son combination on the Stanley Cup.

33. There are several mistakes on the Cup, including the spelling of the 1981-82 Islanders, which was misspelled "Ilanders." Only one name has been corrected: That of 1996 Colorado Avalanche forward Adam Deadmarsh, which was originally misspelled "Deadmarch."

34. Only three current NHL franchises have never won a playoff series: The Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators.

35. Each of the top four players on the NHL career postseason points list has played for the Rangers. Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and Glen Anderson all won multiple Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s.

36. The longest streak of consecutive playoff appearances belongs to Boston Bruins, who made the postseason every year from 1968 until 1996, a span of 26 years. The longest current streak belongs to Detroit, which has made the playoffs for 20 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1991.


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