List of Stanley Cup Final overtime series winners

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Pete Babando
Pete Babando scored the Cup winning goal in double overtime of game 7 in 1950

In ice hockey, the Stanley Cup Final (also known as the Stanley Cup Finals among various media[nb 1]) is the championship series of the National Hockey League (NHL) to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup. The series is played in a best of seven format, meaning that a team must win four games in order to win the series and the Cup. Games that are tied at the end of regulation time go to overtime. In the history of the NHL, there have been 17 series which have ended on a game-winning goal in overtime.

The first overtime Cup winning goal was scored by Bill Cook of the New York Rangers in game four of the 1933 final against goaltender Lorne Chabot and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mush March of the Chicago Black Hawks repeated the feat in 1934 against Wilf Cude and the Detroit Red Wings, also in game four. The 1933 and 1934 series were played in a best of five format; the current best of seven format was adopted beginning in 1939.

Pete Babando in 1950 and Tony Leswick in 1954, both with the Red Wings, scored the only game seven Cup winning goals. Babando scored against Chuck Rayner and the Rangers while Leswick scored against Gerry McNeil and the Montreal Canadiens. The goal in 1954 was the second overtime Cup winner allowed by McNeil, the only goaltender to have allowed more than one, the first having been scored in 1951 by Bill Barilko of the Maple Leafs.

Twice in Stanley Cup history has a team won the Cup on an overtime series winner one season, and then lost the same way the next season. The Canadiens won the 1953 series in overtime, only to lose it the following year to Detroit. The Dallas Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup vs the Buffalo Sabres, only to lose it the following year to the New Jersey Devils.

Overtime Series Winners[edit]

Stanley Cup winning goals scored in overtime
Name Team Year Game No. Time Opposing goalie Opposing team
Cook, BillBill Cook New York Rangers 1933 4 07:33 Chabot, LorneLorne Chabot Toronto Maple Leafs
March, MushMush March Chicago Black Hawks 1934 4 30:05 Cude, WilfWilf Cude Detroit Red Wings
Hextall, BryanBryan Hextall New York Rangers 1940 6 02:07 Broda, TurkTurk Broda Toronto Maple Leafs
Blake, ToeToe Blake Montreal Canadiens 1944 4 09:12 Karakas, MikeMike Karakas Chicago Black Hawks
Babando, PetePete Babando Detroit Red Wings 1950 7 28:31 Rayner, ChuckChuck Rayner New York Rangers
Barilko, BillBill Barilko Toronto Maple Leafs 1951 5 02:53 McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil Montreal Canadiens
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach Montreal Canadiens 1953 5 01:22 Henry, GordGord Henry Boston Bruins
Leswick, TonyTony Leswick Detroit Red Wings 1954 7 04:29 McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil Montreal Canadiens
Richard, HenriHenri Richard Montreal Canadiens 1966 6 02:20 Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier Detroit Red Wings
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 1970 4 00:40 Hall, GlennGlenn Hall St. Louis Blues
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens 1977 4 04:32 Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers Boston Bruins
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom New York Islanders 1980 6 07:11 Peeters, PetePete Peeters Philadelphia Flyers
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp Colorado Avalanche 1996 4 44:31 Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck Florida Panthers
Hull, BrettBrett Hull Dallas Stars 1999 6 54:51 Hašek, DominikDominik Hašek Buffalo Sabres
Arnott, JasonJason Arnott New Jersey Devils 2000 6 28:20 Belfour, EdEd Belfour Dallas Stars
Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks 2010 6 04:06 Leighton, MichaelMichael Leighton Philadelphia Flyers
Martinez, AlecAlec Martinez Los Angeles Kings 2014 5 34:43 Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers



  1. ^ The NHL officially began referring to the championship series as a singular "Final" circa 2006. However, various North American media still continue to refer to it as plural "Finals", similar to the NBA Finals.

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