There have been an astounding eight overtime games in the early-going of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, providing some of the best first round theatre we have seen in a long time.
From Dan Boyle’s shocking own goal in Game 3 against Colorado to Mikael Samuelsson’s beauty off a pass from Henrik Sedin, there have been all kinds of overtime-winners that have had some leap to their feet and others dipping their heads in disappointment.
But of all the great games we’ve seen so far this year, none of them compare to the top overtime moments in hockey history. Since the extra frame is proving to be a central storyline of this post-season, we decided it was time to present you with the THN.com Top 10 overtime moments, a list that originally appeared in THN’s Ultimate Book of Hockey Lists.
10. Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2
April 24, 1996 (19:15 of the fourth overtime period)
Petr Nedved ends the fifth-longest contest in NHL history in Game 4 of the first round, spurring the Penguins on to a conference final appearance. Four years later, Pens players feel the sting of losing a marathon game when Keith Primeau scores for the Philadelphia Flyers to end the third-longest game in history at 12:01 of the fifth overtime.
9. Islanders 3, Washington 2
April 18, 1987 (8:47 of the fourth overtime period)
During the first round, Pat LaFontaine’s seeing-eye slapper from the top of the faceoff circle ends the longest Game 7 in NHL history. Islanders goalie Kelly Hrudey makes an incredible 73 saves in backstopping his team to the victory, while Caps netminder Bob Mason stops a mere 54 shots.
8. Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 3
June 2, 2008 (9:57 of the third overtime period)
After squandering a 2-0 first period lead in Game 5 of the Cup final, the Pens score with 35 seconds left in the third period to force overtime. Two-and-a-half scoreless periods later, Petr Sykora scores from the right faceoff circle to keep the series alive – after telling his teammates he’d notch the game-winner between the first and second overtimes.
7. Montreal 3, Calgary 2
May 18, 1986 (0:09 of the first overtime period)
Brian Skrudland wastes little time recording the fastest overtime goal in NHL playoff history during Game 2 of the final; the Canadiens go on to capture their 23rd Stanley Cup in five games. Calgary gets redemption three years later, beating Montreal for the Flames’ only Cup in 1989.
6. Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3
May 14, 1993 (5:16 of the first overtime period)
Pittsburgh finishes first overall and are the odds-on favorite to capture their third straight Cup. But with Glen Healy stoning the Pens during this second round Game 7 classic and the oft-scratched David Volek providing two goals (including the overtime-winner), the Islanders pull off a stunning upset.
5. Dallas 2, Buffalo 1
June 19, 1999 (14:51 of the third overtime period)
With a skate in the crease, Brett Hull scores the infamous ‘No Goal’ goal in Game 6, breaking the hearts of Buffalo fans and delivering Dallas its first and only Stanley Cup. The controversial “skate in the crease” rule is relaxed the next season, but Sabres fans are still reeling from what was clearly – according to the rules at the time – an illegal goal.
4. Islanders 5, Philadelphia 4
May 24, 1980 (7:11 of the first overtime period)
Bob Nystrom swats in the series-winner in Game 6 of the final for the Islanders, starting a run of four consecutive Cups for the first dynasty of the 1980s.
3. Detroit 4, Rangers 3
April 23, 1950 (8:31 of the second overtime period)
Pete Babando scores the winner in the first Stanley Cup final Game 7 to go to overtime. Four years later, another Red Wing – Tony Leswick – pots the game-winner in the last Cup final to go to overtime in Game 7.
2. Toronto 3, Montreal 2
April 21, 1951 (2:53 of the first overtime period)
Bill Barilko scores in Game 5 – the fifth game in a row that went to extra time – to win the Cup for the Leafs. Barilko disappears that summer when his plane goes down while returning from a fishing trip in Northern Quebec.
1. Boston 4, St. Louis 3
May 10, 1970 (0:40 of the first overtime period)
Bobby Orr scores the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 4 and then gets airborne, creating one of the most iconic photographs in sport. The goal gives the Bruins their first championship in 29 years and cements Orr’s legacy as one of the most beloved sports figures in Boston history.
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