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Let's relive 8 infamous Stanley Cup Final moments

The New York Rangers lost Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on a brutal turnover by Dan Girardi. But as bad as it was, it's far from the worst thing that has happened in a Stanley Cup Final game.

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Everybody remembers the great moments in Stanley Cup Final history, like Bobby Orr flying through the air, Mario Lemieux's goal against Minnesota, or Ray Bourque finally getting a chance to lift the Stanley Cup.

But sometimes the games take a turn for the absurd, where they're decided by a bad bounce, a bad call or even disrupted by fog and power failures.

So let's take some time and remember some of the more infamous moments in Stanley Cup Final history.

The players mess up

2006: Ty Conklin gets lost behind the net, loses Game 1

Veteran backup goalie Ty Conklin had a pretty strange run in the mid-to-late 2000s, bouncing around to five different teams, almost always ending up in the Stanley Cup Final for the losing team. Between 2006 and 2009, he was the backup goalie for three of the four teams that ended up losing the Cup.

He only appeared in one Stanley Cup Final game during that stretch, facing just three shots in six minutes of playing time. That was still enough time for this to happen in the final minute of Game 1 of the 2006 Final.

Rod Brind'Amour was there to pounce on the loose puck and put it into an empty net for the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation.

Conklin took the bulk of the blame for that play (and probably still does), but defenseman Jason Smith seemed to be just as responsible for the turnover, as well as it being a little bit of bad luck.

Edmonton went on to lose the series to Carolina in seven games.

2001: Patrick Roy helps give away Game 4

No matter who was to blame in Edmonton, it's the type of thing that can happen to anybody -- including one of the best goalies ever. Patrick Roy experienced a similar mistake in Game 4 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils.

With the Avalanche clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third period (and a 2-1 lead in the series), Roy fumbled a routine dump-in behind the net and watched helplessly as Scott Gomez scored the game-tying goal.

Seven minutes later, Petr Sykora scored the game-winner to even the series at 2-2. Roy followed that up by giving up four goals on 26 shots in a 4-1 Game 5 loss, before slamming the door shut in Games 6 and 7 by stopping 49 of the 50 shots he faced to lead Colorado to its second Stanley Cup.

1993: Marty McSorley's illegal stick

For most of his career, Marty McSorley was nothing more than hired muscle, skating around next to Wayne Gretzky in the name of "protection." He did some pretty stupid, disgusting things during his 17 years in the NHL, and he was also at the center of one of the more infamous Stanley Cup Final moments.

Late in the third period of Game 2 of the 1993 Final in Montreal, the Los Angeles Kings were minutes away from taking a 2-0 lead in the series when Canadiens coach Jacques Demers decided to challenge the curve on McSorley's stick. After measuring it, officials determined that McSorley was using an illegal stick and gave Montreal a late power play. With just 1:13 to play in regulation, defenseman Eric Desjardins scored on the ensuing power play for his second goal of the game to force overtime, and then completed a hat trick just 51 seconds into OT.

Montreal never lost again in the series, winning Games 3 and 4 in overtime as well, and then cruising to a 4-1 win in the series-clinching Game 5.

Blunders by the officials

2004: Martin Gelinas and the Cup-winning goal that wasn't

The Calgary Flames were this close to winning the 2004 Stanley Cup.

That is Martin Gelinas redirecting the puck with his skate (no kicking motion) toward the net late in the third period of Game 6 of the 2004 Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In real time, it appears as if Nikolai Khabibulin managed to get his pad over to make the save. The replays appear to show the puck completely crossing the goal line for what could have been a Cup-clinching goal for the Flames. The play wasn't even reviewed. Tampa Bay went on to win Game 6 in overtime, then won Game 7 thanks to a pair of goals from Ruslan Fedotenko.

The NHL's current replay system seems to be the model that every other professional sports league wants to follow, so who knows how hockey history would have changed had that technology and system been in place 10 years ago.

1999: No goal?

There are infamous Stanley Cup Final moments, and then there is Brett Hull's game-winning goal.

Buffalo still hates it, and as recently as two years ago Hull was trolling Sabres fans about it with a pumpkin carving.

1980: Leon Stickle's missed offsides call

The New York Islanders dynasty started with their 1980 win over the Philadelphia Flyers thanks to Bob Nystrom's overtime goal in Game 6. But earlier in that game, this happened.


That is a Clark Gillies drop pass to Butch Goring that was clearly offsides. It directly led to an Islanders goal, giving them a 2-1 lead in the first period. After the game, linesman Leon Stickle conceded that he missed the call.

Fog! Bats! Power failure!

1988: Power failure in Boston

The 1988 Edmonton Oilers steamrolled over every team in their path on their way to the Stanley Cup, winning 16 of their 18 playoff games. That included a four-game sweep of the Boston Bruins in the Final. The fourth win proved to be a challenge, not necessarily because the Bruins put up that much of a fight, but because the power went out at the Boston Garden after fog had taken over the arena earlier in the night.

The game was tied, 3-3, in the second period when the power went out, forcing it to be replayed in its entirety in Edmonton two nights later. Edmonton easily won, 6-3, to capture its fourth Stanley Cup of the decade.

1975: Bat attack!

Before the Oilers and Bruins had to deal with fog and a power failure, the 1975 Flyers and Sabres had to deal with their own fog problem as well as a bat that was buzzing around the players before meeting its untimely demise at the hands of Jim Lorentz and his hockey stick.