Hockey fans have been treated to 13 overtime games so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the last seven days all featuring contests that required extra time.
Overtime winners are of often of the greasy variety, but some pretty tallies this postseason have stood out above the rest, in some high-pressure situations, no less.
Here are the five best overtime goals from the playoffs so far:
5. Bruins play tic-tac-toe
Two Boston Bruins trade deadline pickups connected for a gorgeous game-winner to open the team’s second-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Finishing off a play started by a Danton Heinen backhand dish, Marcus Johansson found Charlie Coyle backdoor to complete the tic-tac-toe marker. Coyle took advantage of a flat-footed Zach Werenski, who was busy looking for an offside call that never came.
4. McGinn comes up clutch, twice
Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn played overtime hero twice in Game 7 versus the Washington Capitals. First, he saved a puck from trickling into his team’s net in the first overtime frame. Then, in double overtime, he batted Justin Williams’ centering pass out of midair and past Braden Holtby to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions. Talk about clutch.
3. Klingberg’s clincher
John Klingberg lifted his Dallas Stars past the Nashville Predators with an overtime tally in Game 6. Though the defenseman can take all the glory, it was Dallas’ top forwards who allowed the play to develop. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn drew several defenders to the front of the net as Alexander Radulov used patience and awareness to find the open Klingberg.
2. MacKinnon magic
Colorado Avalanche captain Nathan MacKinnon scored what was probably the nicest overtime goal of the playoffs thus far. Though it wasn’t a series clincher, his laser that beat Calgary Flames netminder Mike Smith did level the series and helped spark the Avs to win the next three games.
1. Sharks’ stunner
Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights will go down as one of the wildest NHL contests of all time. Unlikely hero Barclay Goodrow put a bow on this memorable game, streaking past four Golden Knights players after Erik Karlsson lulled them to sleep and tucking it past an outstretched Marc-Andre Fleury.
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