3. May 10, Game 4, Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings. Down 2-1 in the series and having lost goalie Frederik Andersen to injury, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau stunned the hockey world by starting 20-year-old phenom John Gibson over veteran Jonas Hiller. It was gutsy, to say the least. But Gibson, called up from the AHL playoffs just two days prior, rewarded Boudreau with a veteran-like performance. At 20 years, 330 days old, he became the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his playoff debut and the youngest to win a playoff game since Habs star Carey Price in 2008. "He's got a little swagger to him," Ducks teammate Andrew Cogliano said. "He's going to be good." The series didn't end well for Gibson, with a Game 7 hook, but that's not going to change the bright future of this franchise goalie in the making, and his playoff entry won't soon be forgotten.
4. May 16, Game 7, Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks. It was over barely after it started. The playoff-savvy Kings came out and played the part, showing what it takes in a Game 7 and teaching their crosstown rivals, the Anaheim kids trying to supplant them in the West, a tough lesson. The final was 6-2, a crush job by a Kings team that had erased a 3-2 series deficit one round after erasing a 3-0 series deficit. "I look around and trust that everybody's going to do his job," said Kings veteran winger Justin Williams, who scored that night because, well, it was Game 7. "Nobody has to be great, but everybody has to be good. And we were all good tonight." What I'll remember just as much -- if not more -- from this night is how the Kings paid tribute after the game to Ducks legend Teemu Selanne, who had played the final game of his illustrious, 21-year NHL career. The Kings had plenty to say to him in the handshake line and gave him the stick tap as the crowd at Honda Center said goodbye to Selanne. "There are not many guys left in this league who have earned the respect and admiration of not only the fans but also the players they played against," Williams said. "We would have stood out there for 20 minutes if we could. If that is his last game ... he has nothing to be upset about. He was an awesome player." We'll miss you, Teemu.
5. May 29, Game 6, Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers. Thomas Vanek thought he had a sure goal, but somehow Henrik Lundqvist pulled off a Dominik Hasek-like, flying windmill blocker save that just took my breath away. It was the signature moment on a night King Henrik only had to make 18 saves overall but sent a message: You're not getting one on me tonight. "I've never been more determined to win a hockey game than tonight," Lundqvist said afterward. He had been pulled in Game 5 in Montreal and was indeed determined to make amends. I remember watching that morning as he put his equipment away in his stall, and his piercing eyes could've blasted a hole through a wall, there was so much focus there. I just knew right then what was in store for Montreal that night. People on the outside see the big saves and the stylish, model-like appearance that makes women melt, but Lundqvist is one of the most competitive NHLers I've ever been around. I couldn't help but be happy that he had booked a ticket to his first Cup finals.
More memories are sure to abound in the Stanley Cup finals. I cannot wait.