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Some fine quality silent footage of Game 6 of the 1966 Stanley Cup Final from up in the rafters of the Olympia. Cool perspective of the crowd reaction after the Wings goal shortly after the 40 second mark. Henri Richard's OT Cup-winner comes just after the 1 minute mark, with a couple of players sliding towards the net along with the puck.

Because of the 42-year Cup drought between 1955 and 1997, not all people realize that the Wings actually made the Stanley Cup Final 4 times in 6 years between 1961-1966. And in the 24 seasons between 1943-1966, the Habs or Wings came 1st in the regular season 22 times: Habs 12x, Wings 10x, Leafs 2x.

All-time, the Habs though today have finished 1st overall in the regular season a league-high 21 times, although not since 1978. The Wings are 2nd far above anyone else, with 18. The Leafs have only finished 1st overall twice.

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Times have changed. Here's a bench clearing brawl at the Joe in 1985 between the Wings and the North Stars. Look at Danny Gare of the Wings and Dino Ciccarelli then of Minnesota going at 30 seconds into the clip on the players' bench! On Valentine's Day, no less

Here's a description of what transpired:

NHL Fights from Feb 14, 1985 Minnesota-Detroit

The Detroit-Minnesota game turned ugly. There was some bad blood built up from earlier in the first period. Harold Snepsts got into a fight with Danny Gare. Willi Plett had a brief altercation with Greg Smith. Snepsts got into another scrap. This time it was an uneventful wrestling match with Gerard Gallant.

Tempers got out of hand at the end of the first period. Players from both teams refused to go to their dressing rooms. Players started to mill around the ice. The situation got completely out of control when Danny Gare and Dino Ciccarelli had a fight on the Detroit bench.

Ciccarelli landed two decent right hands to start the bout. Gare missed with a right hand of his own. Then, he grabbed Dino and tugged his head down. Danny landed a partial connect and got Ciccarelli in a headlock. Gare appeared to slip and Dino missed with a left and a right. Danny landed a partial connect with a right hand. Then, he slipped again and Dino got on top of him and started to wrestle.

There was interference as the two started to wrestle. Ron Duguay was along the boards and was the first to grab at the players. Gilles Meloche came over and got hold of Duguay. Harold Snepsts came out of the dressing room to participate in the brawl. He came over to the bench area and did some pushing and shoving. Willi Plett and Greg Smith were wrestling on the actual playing surface.

There was more excitement as Glen Sonmor went over to the Red Wings bench. Sonmor was a master of goon squad hockey with his prior involvement with the Minnesota Fighting Saints and the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA. Detroit coach Nick Polano got into a confrontation with him, although there is no visual evidence that they swapped blows.

The brawl was less than stellar in terms of actual punches landed, but it was quite an entertaining spectacle. The Ciccarelli-Gare bout made for great theater, although neither guy really landed a telling blow. The bout was pretty even as neither man was able to get much leverage on his punches. Gare in particular had a hard time keeping his footing.

The involvement of the coaches added a little excitement to the brawl. There was no punches captured in the video footage, but it added to the chaos on the ice. Harold Snepsts was on a mission to play aggressive hockey in this game. He came off the bench which could have led to fireworks. It was disappointing that Plett and Smith were engaged in mostly wrestling. Overall, it was an exciting sequence of events. This was a reminder of a by-gone era where fights took place on the bench, players didn't always go to the dressing room as directed, and coaches sometimes got involved in the action.

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Pete Babando's Game 7 2OT Cup-winning goal in 1950 over the Rangers at the Olympia. I wonder who is that guy (likely a team executive?) coming up from behind to hug Sid Abel as he is being presented with the Stanley Cup. The Wings were in the midst of 7 straight years finishing 1st in the NHL regular season.

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1980 All Star Game at the Joe. Sounds like boos for Marcel Dionne at the 1:00 mark? Gordie introduced at the 1:30 mark - announcer simply announces him as "Number 9". 3 minute standing ovation follow.

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Wings chase Patrick Roy from Montreal. Wonder what would have happened if Tremblay had pulled Roy earlier? Maybe never would been traded to Colorado? Maybe the Wings win the Cup in '96 instead of having to wait to '97?

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Exciting finish to a game from the last season the Wings missed the playoffs: 1989-90. Yzerman ties it with just over a minute to go, Gallant wins it seconds later. Mickey gets into it. The Wings needed the win - they had only won 1 of their previious 14 games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uazH5bXarvg

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Probert vs Domi II. Probert pounds him. Not only is it a memorable fight as a standalone, but the context is that several months earlier upstart Domi had bloodied Probert in a fight and then showboated to the MSG crowd by 'putting the belt on" with hand motions. The December fight was Probert re-asserting his fighting dominance. The best part is the Wings' bench, led by the Captain, mocking Domi after that fight by making their own belt motions (see the 1:35 mark of the poorer-quality 2nd clip).

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Yzerman's 2OT goal vs the Blues:

Dave Strader's call with Mickey Redmond here

Ken Kal's call here

Bob Cole's call here

Gary Thorne's call here

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Shanny scores on Patrick Roy in Game 6 of the WCF in '02 on the Statue of Liberty play. "The goal counts! The goal counts!"

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Dan Cleary(!!) scoring the winner from on his butt with a few minutes to go in Game 7 vs the Ducks in the '09 conference semis. Still one of the most intense games I can recall watching:

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Sheahan's pop-up goal with a minute and a half to go ties the game against Pittsburgh and gives the Wings the point they need to extend their playoff streak to 23 seasons:

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Wings score 3 goals in final 10 minutes to beat San Jose in Game 6 of the conference semis in 2011 to tie the series 3-3 after having trailed 3-0 in games:

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For years I've considered Goslin's hit to win the '35 Series and Lochead's deke goal to oust Atlanta with a minute to go as the two components of the Holy Grail of lost Detroit highlights. I've since found and posted Goslin's hit. Still searching for Lochead's goal. Someone must have it, it was on Channel 20. I'd even settle for Bruce Martyn's memorable call of it - the audio of the Nedomansky goal on YouTube is from that same game.

Wow. As discussed in posts #47-#50. Here it finally is. Slow motion and without audio - but it's a great start. I literally had not seen this since that night in '78. Up until Kozlov's goal sent the Wings to the SCF in '95, I considered Lochead's goal to be the top Wings highlight of my lifetime. Rarely talked about anymore. To be fair, all it did was win a best of 3 opening round series. But it was exciting at the time to cap a season in which Ted Lindsay's and Bobby Kromm's "Aggressive Hockey Is Back In Town" took the league and the city by storm. The last Red Wings playoff win on Olympia ice.

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