Kevin Bieksa's OT Goal and 10 of the Craziest OT Goals in NHL Playoff History
The Vancouver Canucks advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in dramatic fashion on the strength of a surprise goal by Canuck defender Kevin Bieksa.
The NHL has provided some incredible playoff overtime games over the years. There have been countless heroic performances in the playoffs and in overtime situations: funny goals, crazy goals and and just straight "sick" ones.
In honor of Kevin Bieksa's incredible double-overtime winner to send the Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994, let's have a look at 10 of the craziest overtime playoff winners in the history of the NHL.
*This is not a ranking.
If you ask anyone what one of the highlights of the 2010 Stanly Cup Playoffs was, chances are this goal will come to mind rather quickly.
Though it would only have been fitting that Colarado won the game based on goalie Craig Anderson's 51-save performance alone, no one could have imagined it ending with Dan Boyle scoring into his own net in overtime.
The Sharks, despite losing this game, would go on to defeat the Avalanche in the series four games to two.
Watching this video will sure bring you back. Steve Yzerman, arguably the best NHL player to ever wear a "C" on his jersey scores a surprise goal from the blue line to defeat Wayne Gretzky and the St. Louis Blues in the second round.
The Red Wings would eventually fall to the Colorado Avalanche in the conference finals. The Red Wings would go on to win three Stanley Cups over the next five seasons and one Presidents' Trophy.
In the 2006 Eastern Conference semifinals, the Carolina Hurricanes would call on seldom-used secret weapon Niclas Wallin to defeat the New Jersey Devils.
The 'Canes would go on to defeat the Devils 4-1 in the series and be the eventual 2005-2006 Stanley Cup Champions.
Doug Gilmour of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored a fantastic backhand wrap-around goal during the second overtime against the St. Louis Blues in 1993.
The goal was scored in the second overtime of Game 1 of the Norris Division playoffs and the Leafs would go on to defeat St. Louis in seven games. After defeating the Detroit Red Wings in seven games, they would go on to face Wayne Gretzky and the LA Kings in the conference finals.
The Toronto Maple Leafs had not appeared in a conference final since the last time they won a Stanley Cup in 1967.
A great many Leafs fan to this day blame both Wayne Gretzky and referee Carrie Frasier for the fact that the Leafs still haven't won a cup. Pointing to the infamous non-call on the Gretzky high-stick that cut Doug Gilmour.
Gretzky would shortly thereafter score the overtime winner and send the series to a seventh and deciding game; the Leafs would not recover and lost the series.
Jason Arnott has always been a dependable playoff performer; with 31 goals and 41 assists for 72 points in 115 playoff games, he is among the league's best when it counts.
None were bigger than this one to win the Stanley Cup in 2000.
Keith Primeau scores the overtime winner past the Pittsburgh Penguins Ron Tugnutt in the fifth overtime period. This is still the second-longest playoff game since 1936.
The Flyers would go on to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the next round, who would become the eventual Stanley Cup champions that year, defeating the Dallas Stars in six games.
Uwe Krupp, who is not known for his goal scoring in the playoffs or in the regular season, sends an absolute rocket from the blue line to help the Colorado Avalanche win their second Stanley Cup in a 1-0 triple-overtime win to complete 4-0 sweep of the Florida Panthers.
Hendrik Sedin scores on a pass from brother Daniel in the seventh period vs. the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the 2007 playoffs, helping goaltender Roberto Luongo win his first-ever playoff game.
Patrick Kane scores the overtime winner past Flyers goalie Micheal Leighton to give the Chicago Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup since 1961.
Aside from the angle of the shot, what made the goal remarkable is the fact that only two people seemed to have realized it was in: Patrick Kane and Nick Boynton.
It was reviewed and after the pileup had broken up, there was another one once the goal was made official.
This is one of the flukiest goals I've ever seen, let alone amongst series-clinching goals. Absolutely no one had any idea where the puck was until Kevin Bieksa fired it at the net.
The Canucks will play the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup starting this Wednesday, June 1st. While the Canucks have not been to the big show since 1994, the Bruins haven't been to the Cup Finals since the 1989-90 season when they lost in the final for the second time in three seasons to the Edmonton Oilers.
Honorable Mention No. 1: Bobby Orr
A timeless classic, this Stanley Cup-winning goal has long been a fan favorite, not because the goal itself was spectacular in nature but because of the acrobatic celebration!
Honorable Mention No. 2: Pavel Bure
Pavel "The Russian Rocket" Bure scores a beauty to give the Vancouver Canucks a Game 7 victory over the New York Rangers in 1994.
Honorable Mention No. 3: Gary Roberts
The Toronto Maple Leafs Gary Roberts had not had a shot on goal all night through more than five periods and finds the puck after the faceoff to beat Lalime and tie the series at one game apiece.