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NHL 2017: Photos of the Year

Frozen in time: take a look at our selection of the NHL’s best photos in 2017.

Goal celebrations. Crease scrambles. Crazy collisions. Emotional outbursts. The NHL had all of that and a lot more in 2017. Here’s a look at some of the best images from the hockey year that was.

That first-goal feeling

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Nikita Scherbak of the Montreal Canadiens jumps for joy in celebration of his first career NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during at the Air Canada Centre on January 7, 2017, in Toronto.

Stopper in the spotlight

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Veteran goalie Roberto Luongo remains a beacon of light for the Florida Panthers.

Hold on to your hat

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Anaheim Ducks’ Jared Boll takes on St. Louis Blues’ Ryan Reaves.

Ecstasy and agony

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Sergey Kalinin of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his goal against Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center on January 2, 2017, in Newark, N.J.

Connor McDavid coming through

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Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers skates into Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and Marcus Johansson at Verizon Center on February 24, 2017, in Washington.

Over the boards and into the bench

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Andrew Copp of the Winnipeg Jets dumps Daniel Carr of the Montreal Canadiens into the Jets’ bench on January 11, 2017, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Overtime elation

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Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his winning goal in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets at Air Canada Centre on February 21, 2017, in Toronto.

Scrum scrap

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets exchange unpleasantries at Wells Fargo Center on March 13, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Up, up and away

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Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks flips through the air after colliding with Josh Morrissey of the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on January 26, 2017, in Chicago.

Bliss by the glass

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New Jersey Devils players celebrate at the glass after Joseph Blandisi scored in overtime to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on March 21, 2017.

He shot, he scored

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Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his goal in front of Ben Bishop and Derek Forbort of the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on March 23, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Playoff euphoria

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Bobby Ryan (middle) of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his game-winning overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final during the 2017 NHL playoffs at the PPG Paints Arena on May 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

When Ducks jump

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Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates with teammates after scoring in overtime to defeat the Nashville Predators 3-2 in Game 4 of the Western Conference final during the 2017 playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 18, 2017, in Nashville.

Nice way to start the season

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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets set to bring the Stanley Cup to the ice before the team raised its 2017 championship banner prior to the 2017-18 NHL season opener at PPG Paints Arena on October 4, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

This is a stick-up

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Danny DeKeyser of the Detroit Red Wings checks Martin Hanzal of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on October 10, 2017, in Dallas.

Happy Habs

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Phillip Danault (left) of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his goal with Andrew Shaw against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on October 28, 2017, in Montreal.

D.C. united

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Lars Eller (right) of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Brooks Orpik after scoring against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena on November 2, 2017, in Washington.

Net cam

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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson looks up from inside his net during the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series series between the Senators and Colorado Avalanche at Ericsson Globe on November 10, 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Good goal

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ James van Riemsdyk scores against Anton Khudobin of the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre on November 10, 2017, in Toronto.

Speed demon

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Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers controls the puck against Dmitry Orlov of the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on November 12, 2017, in Washington.

Wild celebration

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Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators on November 16, 2017, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Johnny Hockey strikes again

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Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames scores against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Ovechkin in shadows

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Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals looks on during a game against the Calgary Flames at Capital One Arena on November 20, 2017, in Washington.

Gotta love the Predators

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P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators hugs goalie Pekka Rinne after a 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2017, in Nashville.

Family man

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Derek Stepan of the Arizona Coyotes smiles through the glass at his family prior to a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Gila River Arena on November 25, 2017, in Glendale, Arizona.

Missed by a hair

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The St. Louis Blues’ Chris Thorburn fights with the Minnesota Wild’s Chris Stewart on Nov. 25, 2017, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Snow job

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Jordan Nolan of the Buffalo Sabres battles with Matt Hunwick of the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 1, 2017, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

Face time

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (gets into the face of Columbus Blue Jackets right winger Cam Atkinson on December 1, 2017, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Almost empty net

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Jacob De La Rose of the Montreal Canadiens scores on goaltender Petr Mrazek the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre on December 2, 2017, in Montreal.

Yak attack

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Fans react to Nail Yakupov of the Colorado Avalanche during warmups prior to a game against the Dallas Stars at the Pepsi Center on December 3, 2017, in Denver.

Logo in front

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Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom gets set to leave the team’s dressing room prior to a game.

What happens in Vegas

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The Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout at T-Mobile Arena on December 5, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Official knockdown

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NHL linesman David Brisebois goes down during a scrum in front of the Calgary bench in a game between the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs on December 6, 2017, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Viking sighting

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Alexander Edler of the Vancouver Canucks stands in front of fans during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Arena on December 7, 2017, in Vancouver.

It’s a game of inches

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Goaltender James Reimer of the Florida Panthers defends the net with the help of teammate Keith Yandle against the Winnipeg Jets at the BB&T Center on December 7, 2017, in Sunrise, Florida.

Hard hit

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Colton Sissons of the Nashville Predators dumps Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena on December 8, 2017, in Nashville.

Blues man

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Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his overtime goal against the Buffalo Sabres at Scottrade Center on December 10, 2017, in St. Louis.

Stop right there

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Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Florida Panthers at the United Center on December 12, 2017, in Chicago.

Count it?

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David Perron of the Vegas Golden Knights misses a shot against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes during a shootout in their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 12, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Rangers angst

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Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers reacts after the Rangers give up a goal to the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden on December 15, 2017, in New York City.

Island of happiness

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Jordan Eberle (left) of the New York Islanders is congratulated by teammate Mathew Barzal after Eberle scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017, at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.