It is an inadvertent tradition as old as the young millennium. In every Stanley Cup Final since 2001, at least one player on the winning team has scored multiple points in the clinching game. And in eight out of 11 cases in that span, one individual has supplied a pair of goals.
The most recent exception was 2010, when no Chicago Blackhawks tallied more than one goal, but overtime hero Patrick Kane preceded his winning strike with two go-ahead assists in regulation.
Kane is one of four individuals to have had a three-point Cup clincher within the last three years. Brad Marchand followed his act last season with the Boston Bruins, as did Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown this week.
On Monday night, Los Angeles cemented its first title in the franchise’s 45 years of existence through six goals and six multipoint performers. And the man credited with the cup-winning goal became the fourth in as many years and the ninth in 12 years to have a two-goal night before hoisting the trophy.
Here now is a quick chronological glance back at each of this century’s prolific producers who helped to put the stamp on their team’s banner campaign.