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Four infamous infractions changed the course of NHL history

1979 STANLEY CUP SEMIFINALS

GAME 7: BOSTON AT MONTREAL

Three little words—too many men—changed the course of the playoffs. The Bruins took a 4--3 lead with four minutes left. A triple-shifting Guy Lafleur caused a confused Boston bench to send a sixth skater onto the ice. On the ensuing power play, The Flower scored, and the Canadiens went on to win their fourth straight Cup.

1993 CAMPBELL CONFERENCE FINALS

GAME 6: TORONTO AT LOS ANGELES

While killing a penalty in overtime of a 4--4 game, Maple Leafs center Doug Gilmour fell to the ice after taking an apparent stick to the face from Wayne Gretzky. But none of the officials had seen the play. Gilmour was bleeding, and the Great One should have been handed a five-minute major and sent to the locker room. Instead the Kings stayed a man up, and Gretzky scored the game-winner. Two days later, L.A. won Game 7, 5--4.

1993 STANLEY CUP FINALS

GAME 2: LOS ANGELES AT MONTREAL

With his team down 2--1 with 105 seconds to go, Canadiens coach Jacques Demers called for officials to review Kings defenseman Marty McSorley's stick. The refs assessed a penalty after finding his blade curved more than the legal half-inch. Montreal scored on the power play, won in overtime and took the series in five.

2012 STANLEY CUP FINALS

GAME 6: LOS ANGELES AT NEW JERSEY

Devils winger Steve Bernier undoubtedly deserved a game misconduct for boarding Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi in the first period. But L.A. center Jarret Stoll probably deserved a similar call for checking forward Stephen Gionta from behind seconds earlier. Only Bernier was penalized, however, and on the ensuing five-minute power play, the Kings scored three times en route to a series-clinching 6--1 win.