Even under the pressure of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL's biggest stars are still lighting up both lamps and highlight reels with a plethora of spectacular postseason goals.
The first two rounds of this spring's playoffs have produced amazing play after amazing play on a nightly basis. At the forefront of that list lies a dazzling array of beautiful goals—from blazing breakaways to perfect passes—that didn't only excite 18,000 in-house fans but also made a significant difference on the scoreboard, too.
We've examined every 2013 playoff tally and cut the list down to a 10-item group of the best goals so far, taking aesthetic beauty, required skill and game impact all into account.
Household names like Ryan Callahan and Ryan Getzlaf each earn a mention.
Young stars such as Jason Zucker and Chris Kreider each make an appearance.
And then there's Sidney Crosby.
Patrick Kane Dazzles, Feeds Sharp
Although the Chicago Blackhawks icon has had an unremarkable playoff campaign so far, Patrick Kane's incredible puck-handling in this play may have set up the easiest tap-in goal of Patrick Sharp's career.
Getzlaf Steals, Scores Instantaneously
Damien Brunner was already thinking about an offensive zone entry. Jimmy Howard was already thinking about the next penalty-kill sequence.
And then Ryan Getzlaf appeared.
Jason Zucker's OT Winner
Few would've expected the Minnesota Wild's only playoff win since 2008 to be won by, of all players, Jason Zucker. The 21-year-old winger's sharp-angle laser was anything but forgettable, though.
Young New York Rangers forwards Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan have taken some criticism over the course of the playoffs, but this patient and pretty give-and-go from Round 1 remains one of the postseason's best highlights so far.
Sidney Crosby's First of Several Beauties
No. 87 absolutely embarrassed Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey as he blew through the defense and rifled the puck home to put Pittsburgh up 3-0.
Crosby Flies Through
No Islanders-caliber defense, no problem for Crosby. An entire five-man shift of Senators watched the league's most prominent star rocket past gracefully before finding goaltender Craig Anderson's five-hole.
Ryan Callahan's Breakaway Deke
The Rangers captain leaves Brad Marchand cursing under his breath and Tuukka Rask stuck in spread-eagle shape as he shifts from the backhand to the forehand for this spectacular one-on-one tally.
Milan Michalek Takes the Highway
Ottawa Senators veteran Milan Michalek proves that Penguins stars Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin can be embarrassed too, as he flies down the middle-lane boulevard and scores on Tomas Vokoun.
Sidney Crosby. Through the legs. To the backhand. Top shelf.
Nash, Kreider Keep Rangers Alive
Rick Nash's calculated shot-pass is deflected smoothly up and over Tuukka Rask by Chris Kreider as the Blueshirts win in overtime and stay alive in their second-round series.
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