Entering game 6 with the opportunity to end the series, the Red Wings came out flying, scoring two goals, one by Tomas Holmstrom and Igor Larionov, in the first 4:23 of play.
But thanks to a power-play goal by Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski and a Henrik Sedin goal 44 seconds later, the score was tied 2-2 entering the second period.
And when Wings defenseman Steve Duchesne took a cross-checking penalty 5:45 into the second, the Canucks home crowd that it was their team’s chance to take the lead and push for a game 7. But then the Wings scored not one, but two, shorthanded goals.
Then Brett Hull tallied his first of the game, 30 seconds later, in a true goal-scorers fashion thanks to a quick heads-up pass by Chris Chelios to send him on a breakaway.
It was Hull’s second of the game, a power-play snipe to the top nearside corner 10 minutes and 29 seconds later that tied Mike Bossy’s playoff power-play goal record… and proved to be the game-winner!
But it was Hull’s hat trick goal, his second power-play bury 13:42 into the third period that rewrote the NHL’s history books, sitting him atop the list of all-time NHL career playoff power-play goals.