NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: 16 Best Goals of the Postseason
The NHL playoffs are a very exciting time in the hockey community. The playoffs separate the contenders from the pretenders, and showcase an abundance of amazing goals.
In this year's second season, we have seen overtime winners, brilliant blasts from the point and breakaway beauties.
With the second round of the NHL playoffs progressing, let's take a look at some of the best goals from the playoffs thus far.
Jarret Stoll Eliminates the Vancouver Canucks
This goal was as simple as recovering a turnover, but the call by Jim Hughson hearkens back to the childhood days of EA Sports' NHL series. Hughson used to be the radio play-by-play man for the Vancouver Canucks, but the enthusiasm on this call reminds me of whenever I scored a big goal back in my glory days.
Stoll's clutch goal sent the Los Angeles Kings to the semifinals, and they have since advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
David Backes Rockets One Against the Sharks
David Backes' offensive numbers dipped during the 2011-12 regular season, but that didn't stop him from being in the right place at the right time for this beauty against the San Jose Sharks.
Backes is a captain who leads by example but, unfortunately, he was unable to lead the Blues to victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Kyle Turris Wounds the Rangers Fan Base with a Sniper Shot
Kyle Turris is a talented player with the accuracy of a sniper rifle from long range.
On this beauty, Turris bolts one through the legs of Anton Stralman and right past Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist and the Rangers, however, would have the last laugh, as they defeated the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
Marian Gaborik Scores in a Triple Overtime Thriller
Marian Gaborik broke an eight-game goal-less streak when he scored off a sweet feed from top playmaker Brad Richards. This goal came during the third overtime period in a game that felt like it would never end.
Gaborik has since scored another postseason goal and is starting to play better for the Rangers. The Blueshirts are currently trailing 2-2 in their series with the Washington Capitals.
Pavel Datsyuk: Wanted Felon for Grand Larceny
Pavel Datsyuk is wanted in all 50 states for this count of grand larceny.
He is armed and dangerous with a nifty stick, so be on alert when he is on the prowl.
Mikkel Bøedker Is Locked and Loaded
This goal was absolutely sweet.
Bøedker drives down the lane, slows up and picks apart Pekka Rinne with this blast from the right side. Rinne attempted to break his stick after the goal in frustration after being Bøedker'd.
Sean Couturier Showing Guile Beyond His Years
This goal may look simple and ordinary—because it is. However, Sean Couturier is a rookie in his first playoffs and played a key role for the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round.
This heads up play earned Couturier a goal and a pat on the back from the rest of his teammates when he got back to the bench.
Chris Kreider Is a Star in the Making
Chris Kreider is a star in the making and has shown plenty of potential in his first experience as a professional hockey player.
With another year of training camp and offseason workouts, Kreider should be the early favorite in the 2012-13 Calder Trophy race.
Brooks Laich Breaks in and Ties Game for Washington
Brooks Laich is a talented hockey player known for his physicality grinding along the boards, but in this clip, he shows a side not many people know about.
Laich was able to break through the zone and, with some nifty stick work, beat Tim Thomas for a clutch, game-tying goal.
Kevin Klein Emerges as an Unlikely Hero for Nashville Predators
When watching this series, Kevin Klein was a player who emerged as an unlikely hero, scoring some timely goals for the Predators.
It was moments like this that helped the Predators defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the first round.
Dustin Brown Snipes One Past Brian Elliot
Dustin Brown has been a monster in the playoffs for the Los Angeles Kings.
He has scored six goals and has assisted on five others for 11 points in nine games. This snap shot was a pure beauty as he drove down the wing at Brian Elliot.
The Kings went on to defeat and eliminate the Blues, and their captain is a huge reason why it only took four games.
Alex Ovechkin Blast Beats Lundqvist
This shot was a nice blast from Alex Ovechkin, who had been very quiet for the New York Rangers up to this point.
Ovechkin capitalized on a Rangers' giveaway and blasted one by 2012 Vezina Trophy favorite Henrik Lundqvist.
Dainius Zubrus Scores Game Winner Against Flyers
Adam Henrique has been a top player for New Jersey so far in the playoffs, and most of the time it has been because of his goals. In this instance, it was Henrique who was playing the role of dish master, and Dainius Zubrus reaped the benefits after driving to the net.
The New Jersey Devils now lead the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in their semifinals series.
The Wizard Delivers
This goal was ugly, gritty and a game-winner.
Off the face-off, Ray Whitney drove to the net and scored to end the game. The underdog Phoenix Coyote are on the verge of advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
Nicklas Backstrom Gets His Hands Dirty Along the Boards and Capitalizes
Nicklas Backstrom got his hands dirty going after a puck along the boards and proceeded to get into prime scoring position. Backstrom then rocketed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 lead.
Patrik Elias Dekes, Dangles and Outsmarts Jose Theodore
There are not enough words to do this goal justice.
Patrik Elias is an elite playoff performer, and this nasty goal set the tone for the New Jersey Devils early on. Elias may be getting older, but he is still very deadly when the puck is on his stick.