NHL Playoffs 2012: Top 10 Overtime Goals from the First Round

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IApril 27, 2012

NHL Playoffs 2012: Top 10 Overtime Goals from the First Round

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    There is nothing in sports quite like overtime in the NHL playoffs.

    It can end in seconds or it can take hours to determine a winner.

    The first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs featured a record-setting 16 overtime games. Thirteen ended in the first overtime period, while three went to a second overtime period.

    Future Hall of Famer Joe Sakic holds the NHL record for playoff overtime goals with eight, although sometimes overtime goals are scored by the most unlikely players.

    Keep in mind that this list takes into consideration not only how pretty the goal was, but its significance in the series as well.

    With that being said, here are the top 10 overtime goals from the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

10. Jakub Voracek Wins Game 1 for the Flyers

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    With the Penguins up by three goals in Game 1, the Flyers stormed back to tie the game and force overtime.

    Jakub Voracek completed the comeback, notching the winner at the 2:23 mark of overtime.

    Voracek’s goal was huge for the Flyers, as they would go on to take a three-game lead in the series before winning it in Game 6.

9. Jonathan Toews Wins Game 5 for the Blackhawks

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    The Chicago Blackhawks came back from being down three games to none to force a Game 7 against the Canucks last year.

    This year, they found themselves down three games to one in their series with the Coyotes. 

    It was the fifth straight game to go to overtime. With the Blackhawks facing elimination, captain Jonathan Toews scored a beautiful goal to force a sixth game in Chicago.

8. Boedker Wins It Again for the Coyotes

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    Game 4 between the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks was the fourth straight in the series to go to overtime.

    In Game 3, Mikkel Boedker scored the winner on a play that was similar to Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2010.

    Boedker would be the hero again in Game 4, driving to the net and slipping the puck through Corey Crawford. The goal was key for the Coyotes, who took a three-games-to-one series lead heading into Game 5 at home. 

7. Backstrom Scores in Double Overtime for the Capitals

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    Nicklas Backstrom’s goal came at the 2:56 mark of the second overtime period.

    This Game 2 winner tied the series with the Bruins and gave the Capitals home ice advantage heading back to Washington for Game 3. 

6. Kyle Turris Wins Game 4 for the Senators

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    Turris’ Game 4 winner came on a beautiful shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist and found the top right corner of the net.

    It was a vital goal for the Senators as it sent the series back to New York tied at two games apiece. 

5. Tyler Seguin Forces Game 7 for the Bruins

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    Tyler Seguin showed great patience with his Game 6 winner in Washington. The goal forced a seventh and deciding game in Boston.

    Fitting for a series that through six games was the closest in NHL history. 

4. Travis Zajac Forces Game 7 for the Devils

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    Facing elimination down three games to two in their series with the Panthers, the Devils needed a goal in overtime to force a seventh game in Florida.

    Travis Zajac took a pass from Ilya Kovalchuk and shot the puck through the legs of Scott Clemmensen, ending the game at 5:39 of the first overtime period. 

3. Jarret Stoll Eliminates the Vancouver Canucks

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    Jarret Stoll’s Game 5 overtime winner in Vancouver ended the Canucks season and propelled the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings into the second round to face the St. Louis Blues.

    The goal ended a series in which the Kings outplayed the Canucks in all aspects of the game, including goaltending.

    Stoll’s goal may have marked the end of the Roberto Luongo era in Vancouver. 

2. Joel Ward Wins Game 7 for the Capitals

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    In all of sports, there are few moments that compare to scoring a Game 7 overtime winner in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Joel Ward did just that, banging home a rebound at 2:57 of overtime to send the Washington Capitals into the second round and eliminate the Boston Bruins.

    It marked the second straight year that the Stanley Cup champion has been knocked out in the first round the following season.

1. Adam Henrique Wins Game 7 for the Devils

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    What could possibly top a Game 7 overtime winner? How about a Game 7 double-overtime winner?

    Calder trophy finalist Adam Henrique scored at 3:47 of the second overtime to eliminate the Florida Panthers and send the New Jersey Devils to the second round for the first time since 2007.

    It was Adam Henrique’s second goal of the game, and it gave Martin Brodeur his sixth career Game 7 victory.