The Pittsburgh Penguins have another chance to win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, and first since 2009, when they face the San Jose Sharks on the road in Game 6.
Trying to win a championship on the road late in a series doesn’t sound like the easiest of feats, but recent history may suggest otherwise.
Here’s how the last five teams trying to win the Stanley Cup on the road in Game 6 have fared:
2013 – Chicago wins in Boston
A Game 7 looked to be in the offing in the dying minutes. Trailing 2-1, the Blackhawks sent goaltender Corey Crawford to the bench for an extra attacker. Left winger Bryan Bickell tied the game at 18:44 of the third period and center Dave Bolland potted a rebound off a point shot 17 seconds later to put Chicago up 3-2. It was quite the turn of events. It was also the last goal Bolland scored as a Blackhawk. The Toronto native was traded to his hometown Maple Leafs days later.
2011 – Vancouver loses in Boston
The Canucks had a chance to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history when they visited Boston. However, as was the case when they’d travelled to Beantown earlier in the series and lost 8-1 and 4-0, a chance for a victory quickly dwindled. Canucks left winger Mason Raymond suffered a fractured vertebra 20 seconds into the game after being checked by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. The Bruins then built up a 4-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old and won 5-2. The Canucks eventually lost Game 7 on home ice 4-0.
2010 – Chicago wins in Philadelphia
This one featured one of the most bizarre winning-goal celebrations. Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane picked up the puck along the boards and cut towards the Flyers net. With Flyers defenseman – and future Cup-winning teammate – Kimmo Timonen in pursuit, Kane directed a shot on goal from a sharp angle. The puck slid through the legs of goaltender Michael Leighton and in. Kane and linemate Patrick Sharp were the only players that instantly knew the puck crossed the line. They celebrated while everyone else was confused. The goal gave Chicago a 4-3 win and its first Cup in 49 years.
2008 – Detroit wins in Pittsburgh
It was billed as a matchup of the old guard against the new, the wily vets of the Red Wings against the fresh faces of the Penguins. The Wings led by two goals late in the third before Marian Hossa pulled the Pens within one with a power-play marker at 18:33. The Penguins pushed for the tying goal, but couldn’t get it and Detroit won 3-2. The loss by the Penguins was the genesis of a great NHL commercial with Sidney Crosby and his teammates dejectedly sitting by the boards. It ends with Crosby saying, “I never want to be in this photograph again.” Of course, Crosby and the Penguins beat Hossa and the Red Wings in a Cup rematch in 2009.
2006 – Carolina loses in Edmonton
Like the Penguins this year, the Hurricanes were leading their series 3-1 against the Oilers and had an opportunity to claim the Stanley Cup on home ice in Game 5. Instead, Edmonton’s own Fernando Pisani scored on a short-handed breakaway in overtime. Game 6 was no contest. Despite the return of injured left winger Erik Cole, the Hurricanes were trounced 4-0. The Canes did win the Stanley Cup two days later, however, after earning a 3-1 victory on home ice.