Every season in the NHL playoffs, there is always a time where a team scores a clutch overtime goal that has their fans jumping around in happiness while the opposition sits in agony. Which end are you usually on?
Note: List in no particular order
Blackhawks vs Flyers 2010 SCF
With a game-tying goal in the 3rd period scored by Flyers forward Scott Hartnell, Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals was headed to overtime. Chicago needed only one goal to give them their first Stanley Cup win since 1961. Only 4 minutes into the first overtime period, Patrick Kane received a pass from Brian Campbell, got around defenseman Kimmo Timonen, and scored his initially confusing goal that made history.
Kings vs Rangers 2014 SCF
Like anyone expected, this SCF was filled with close scoring games with Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick backing up their respective team. After 60 minutes of play and another full period of overtime, this game headed to a second overtime. In an odd-man rush featuring Tyler Toffoli, Alec Martinez, and Kyle Clifford, Martinez put home a rebound off of Lundqvist’s pad to give the Kings their second Stanley Cup in two years.
Stars vs Sabres 1999 SCF
Arguably the most controversial goal in the history of the NHL, Brett Hull scored the game winner to give the Dallas Stars their first and only Stanley Cup victory. With just over 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd overtime period, some offensive zone pressure by the Stars set up Hull to shoot his own rebound while his foot was in the goal crease. Plays close to these were consistently called no-goal during the regular season. After a lengthy review, it was deemed a good goal that sent the Stars home with the cup and the Sabres infuriated.
Canucks vs Blackhawks 2011
After going up 3 games to 0, the Canucks found themselves in a tight spot heading into the final game of the Western Semifinals after losing games 4, 5, and 6 to the Blackhawks. The Canucks did not blow a 3-0 series lead due to a ripper from Alex Burrows off a failed clearing attempt from Chris Campoli. Vancouver would go on to the Stanley Cup Final, only to lose to Boston in 7 games.
Flyers vs Bruins 2010
The goal that started the Flyers historic 3-0 comeback in 2010 came off the stick of none other than Simon Gagne. A turnover by Zdeno Chara in the neutral zone caused a series of passes that allowed Gagne to tip the puck under Tuukka Rask. After recieving a pass from Mike Richards, Matt Carle quickly fed the puck to Gagne, who was in front of the net, waiting to score the goal that propelled the Flyers all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
Andrew Ostrosky is a writer and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reporter for Good Night, Good Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @HockeyGuyFromSL.