Long beards, non-stop action and overtime thrillers — thy name is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Rangers’ Stephane Matteau, Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and Devils’ Jason Arnott all used the exciting extended time to become legends.
As we get set to drop the puck on the 2017 postseason, here’s a look at some of the best overtime goals from teams chasing the chalice.
Hell on ice, part two.
The Devils spoiled the Stars from winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup thanks to solid defense and clutch goals throughout the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals. New Jersey would clinch their second Stanley Cup in franchise history thanks to an incredible play by Patrick Elias leading to Jason Arnott tapping in the game-winner.
In the second overtime of Game 6 in Dallas, the Devils were looking to score the goal that would make them champions. Captain Scott Steven would dump the puck into the Stars’ zone, where Elias skated to retrieve the puck. Without looking, Elias fired a pass in front of the net that surprised the Stars and goalie Ed Belfour. Arnott took the centering pass and buried the puck in the back of the net to give the Devils a 2-1 win and a series victory.
Patrick Kane rips invisible clincher
Where’s the puck? The Stanley Cup-winning goal that almost no one saw go in. When the Blackhawks and Flyers faced off in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Chicago had built up a 3-2 series lead with the opportunity to clinch their first Stanley Cup since 1961.
When regulation came to an end in Game 6, both teams were tied 3-3 heading into overtime in Philadelphia. Just 4:06 into the first overtime, Patrick Kane fired a shot on net that snuck in the net behind Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. Only Kane and Patrick Sharp knew the puck had gone in the net, in a moment that confused both teams, the referees, the announcers and the viewers. Video review confirmed the goal and the new Blackhawks dynasty had begun.
“Matteau, Matteau, Matteau”
The Rangers were in the midst of a 54-year Stanley Cup drought during the 1993-1994 season, but Stephane Matteau was one of the key players that got them to where they wanted to be.
After trailing the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals 3-2, the Rangers won Game 6 in New Jersey to force a decisive Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. The two teams battled into overtime and in the second period of extra time, Matteau scored a goal Rangers fans would never forget.
As the forward scored on Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, radio announcer Howie rose shouted ""Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!" in one of the most memorable calls in franchise history. The Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with the goal, where they’d go on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games against the Vancouver Canucks.
Keith Primeau ends a marathon
Keith Primeau may have the only playoff overtime goal that was scored in front of a crowd where people were sleeping. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2000 between the Penguins and Flyers went on for what seemed like days.
With the game tied 1-1, the teams were headed for overtime and what would almost become two more games. After 152 minutes of hockey, Flyers forward Keith Primeau put an end to the third-longest game in NHL history.
In the fifth overtime, Primeau fired a shot over the shoulder on Penguins goalie Ron Tugnutt to get a key win for the Flyers, who tied the series at 2-2. The goal came seven hours after puck was originally dropped to start the game. The Flyers were able to carry the momentum and eventually won the series in six games. Pittsburgh never recovered from the loss and failed to win another game in the series.
Henrique beat Henrik
For nearly 20 years, the Devils and their fan base got to enjoy winning season after winning season with three Stanley Cup victories mixed in. However, the one thing that still haunted the team was losing to the Rangers in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils got their revenge in 2012.
The bitter rivals squared off once again in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 in back-and-forth series. New Jersey came home for Game 6 win an opportunity to clinch, the same scenario as 1994. However, this time the Devils finished the Rangers off. With the game tied 2-2 in overtime, Adam Henrique found a loose puck behind Henrik Lundqvist and slammed the puck into net. The goal sent the Prudential Center into a frenzy and the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Despite the Rangers redemption, the Devils would go on to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Kings.
Brett Hull’s "No Goal" counts
Brett Hull still haunts Sabres fans.
Buffalo is a city full of hard-working people and a ton of professional sports heartbreak. The Bills lost four straight Super Bowls in the 1990’s and the Sabres lost the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals on a "no goal."
The Dallas Stars led the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals 3-2 heading into a Game 6 in Buffalo. Both teams battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation and the Sabres were hoping to score in overtime to force a Game 7. However, after three overtimes it was Brett Hull who scored and won the Stanley Cup for the Stars.
Hull’s goal came on a rebound, which he buried with his foot in the crease. Many believed Hull’s goal was a crease violation and should have been ruled no goal, but the referees ruling stood and the Stanley Cup was awarded to the Stars.
Kings topple The King
Ranger fans were hoping to see their first Stanley Cup victory since 1994 when they went to the finals in 2014, but instead found heartache. Each game in their series against the Kings was close and it took overtime for Los Angeles to win it all.
In Game 5, the Rangers were looking to get the game back to Madison Square Garden for a Game 6, but the Kings tied the game in the third period to force overtime. The game went into a second overtime where Kings defenseman Alec Martinez scored the cup-clinching goal with five minutes left in the period. The Kings had a 3-on-2 breakaway and Martinez was able to bury a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist after he stopped a Tyler Toffoli shot. The game ended 3-2 and the Rangers have been trying to get back to the finals ever since.
Avalanche bring Stanley Cup to new home
Canada probably still isn’t happy about this, but the first season the Quebec Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche, the team won the Stanley Cup.
Behind the solid play of forward Joe Sakic and goalie Patrick Roy, the Avalanche went on a run in the 1996 playoffs all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers gave it their best effort in the series, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from being swept.
The Panthers focused on defense in the decisive Game 4, where goalie John Vanbiesbrouck and Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy were the starts of the show. Neither allowed a goal in regulation and the game moved into overtime with no score. Eventually, Uwe Krupp found a way to get the puck past Vanbiesbrouck to clinch the first Stanley Cup in franchise history for the Avalanche, despite 55 saves from the Panthers goalie.
Bobby Orr’s Flight
Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup clinching goal in 1970 quickly became one of the most iconic photographs and moments in NHL history.
The Bruins completely dominated the St. Louis Blues in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals, especially in the first three games of the series. Boston had a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup at home in Game 4 as the Blues and Bruins battled into overtime. Hall of Famer Bobby Orr buried a centering pass in the back of the net and went airborne following the cup-clinching goal. The goal has since gone on to become known as "The Flight."
Bobby Nystrom starts Islanders dynasty
The Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups in the 1980’s and their dynasty was launched thanks to a Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal by Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom.
The Islanders and Flyers, who are now division rivals, were in the midst of an exciting Stanley Cup Final in 1980 when the Islanders went back to Long Island for Game 6 and a chance to win it all. Both teams battled to a 4-4 tie at the end of regulation sending the game to sudden-death overtime.
Nystrom sealed the series for the Islanders when he redirected a John Tonelli cross ice pass over Flyers’ goalie Pete Peeters in the first overtime. The Islanders got to raise the first of four Stanley Cups in front of their fans at Nassau Coliseum.