Best and Worst Postseason Moments for Each 2013 NHL Playoff Team
The Stanley Cup playoffs are a great time of year, and each playoff team such as the Anaheim Ducks, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins has had their share of good and bad moments.
The second round is almost over, and here are the best and worst postseason moments for each playoff team.
Best: Third Period Rally In Game 2
The Anaheim Ducks lost Game 2 at home, but they had a miraculous comeback in the third period. The Ducks scored three unanswered goals, and they forced overtime. They went on to lose the game, but it was the team's best moment from the first round.
Worst: Game 7 Loss at Home
The Ducks were eliminated on home ice with a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Although the team put on a valiant effort in the third period, they failed to tie the game to force overtime. It was a disappointing end to the season, and losing on home ice made things even worse.
Best: Game 7 Comeback
The Boston Bruins appeared to be down and out after Nazem Kadri gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-1 lead during the third period of Game 7. What happened next was totally unexpected, and it has changed the complete complexion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
After scoring three goals in regulation to tie, Patrice Bergeron completed the comeback by scoring in overtime.
Worst: Losing Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Thus far the Bruins' worst loss was Game 2. It wasn't a terrible loss, but it was a game in which the Toronto Maple Leafs outplayed them. When you look at all the Bruins' losses to date, Game 2 during the first round is definitely their worst.
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Best: Game 5 Victory vs. Minnesota Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Minnesota Wild with a victory during Game 5 of the first round. The Blackhawks' offense came alive during the second period by scoring three goals, and it gave them the momentum they needed to finish off the Wild.
Worst: Game 2 Loss vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings currently have a 3-1 lead on the Blackhawks, and it all started with a dominant effort in Game 2. The Blackhawks scored a goal in the first period against the Red Wings, but for the rest of the game the Red Wings dominated.
If the Blackhawks don't bounce back, fans and critics may look at Game 2 as a turning point in the series.
Detroit Red Wings
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Best: Game 7 win vs. Anaheim Ducks
The Detroit Red Wings pulled off an upset in the first round, and they could pull off an upset in the second round against the Chicago Blackhawks. In a must-win Game 7 in Anaheim, the Red Wings stepped up to the plate.
The Red Wings took an early lead and took care of business during the third period to ensure victory.
Worst: Third Period of Game 1 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Detroit Red Wings were playing well against the Blackhawks in Game 1, but they fell apart in the third period. The Blackhawks outplayed the Red Wings, and they scored three goals to secure a 4-1 victory.
Los Angeles Kings
Best: Game 2 Comeback vs. San Jose Sharks
The Los Angeles Kings' power play came to life during the third period, and it was the reason why the team took a 2-0 series lead. The Kings tied the game with a 5-on-3 advantage, and Dustin Brown scored the game-winning goal moments later while the team had a 5-on-4 advantage.
Worst: Jonathan Quick's Gaffe With the Puck
The Kings are currently leading 3-2 in their series with the San Jose Sharks, but the team's worst moment came during the first round. Jonathan Quick went to play the puck behind the net, and his gaffe with the puck led to an Alex Steen overtime game-winning goal.
Best: Jason Zucker Scores Game-Winning Goal in Overtime
Jason Zucker helped the Minnesota Wild win their only game of the series after scoring a beautiful goal in overtime. The tenacious forward worked hard during his entire shift, and he took advantage of the puck coming to his stick on the side of the net.
The Wild enjoyed this moment at home, and it was great for the fans in attendance.
Worst: Niklas Backstrom Gets Injured In Warm-ups
Before Game 1 started against the Chicago Blackhawks, starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom was injured in warm-ups. This injury knocked Backstrom out of the series, and it was a huge blow for the Wild.
Best: Game 2 Victory
The Montreal Canadiens only won one game during their playoff run, and it came during Game 2 of the first round. The Canadiens had an amazing second period against the Ottawa Senators, and that is all they would need to secure a victory.
Worst: Game 3 Loss
The Canadiens were embarrassed in Game 3's loss against the Senators, and they lost their discipline. The game featured some brawls and dirty hits that completely took the team out of the game. The Canadiens never recovered, and this game really was a turning point during the series.
New York Islanders
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Best: Game 4 Victory vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The New York Islanders had an offensive outburst against the Penguins in Game 4. They scored six goals, and they came from behind by scoring three unanswered goals. It was an impressive performance on home ice, and it allowed the Islanders to tie the series.
John Tavares had a terrific game, and he gave fans a reason to believe that the Islanders could pull off an upset.
Worst: Elimination in Game 6
The Islanders' playoff run ended with a loss in Game 6. The Islanders took a tie to overtime, but the Penguins ultimately capitalized on the power play in overtime.
New York Rangers
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Best: Shutout Victory in Game 7
The New York Rangers made history during the first round of the playoffs. The Broadway Blueshirts won their first road Game 7 in franchise history in a 5-0 victory. Henrik Lundqvist recorded his second consecutive shutout, and the Blueshirts advanced to the second round.
Worst: Game 2 Loss vs. Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins completely decimated the New York Rangers in Game 2 at TD Garden. After the Rangers only trailed by a score of 3-2, Brad Marchand scored seconds into the third period to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead.
Milan Lucic would later score, and the Rangers lost by a score of 5-2.
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Best: Game 5 Victory vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Ottawa Senators won in decisive fashion by outscoring the Canadiens 6-1 in Game 5. The Senators played their best game of the series during the blowout, and they were able to defeat the Canadiens on the road.
The Sens received contributions from multiple players, and the game had six different goal scorers.
Worst: Game 4 Loss vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins completely dominated the Senators during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Penguins scored four goals in the third period and steamrolled the Senators in a 7-3 victory. This was the worst game the Senators played in during the playoffs, and they will be on the verge of elimination in Game 5.
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Best: Game 4 Blowout of Ottawa Senators
The Pittsburgh Penguins looked to be in trouble when they were trailing the Ottawa Senators 2-1 after the first period. The team played better in the second period, and they kicked things into a higher gear in the third period.
Once the third period started, the Penguins came to life when they scored four goals in the third period. The Penguins were able to take a 3-1 series lead because of their explosive third period, and they will have a chance to close things out at home.
Worst: Game 4 Loss vs. New York Islanders
The Pittsburgh Penguins played their worst game of the entire playoffs when they allowed six goals against the Islanders. The Penguins were winning Game 4, but they surrendered three unanswered goals in the third period, and the Islanders won the game 6-4.
San Jose Sharks
Best: Overtime win vs. Vancouver Canucks in Game 4
The San Jose Sharks swept the Canucks in the first round of the playoffs, and the way they won Game 4 gave the team some momentum. A power-play goal by Patrick Marleau allowed the Sharks to pull off the upset, and it sent the Sharks to the second round.
Worst: Game 2 Loss vs. Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings completed a comeback in Game 2 after the San Jose Sharks took back-to-back penalties in the third period. By surrendering two consecutive power-play goals, the Kings took a 2-0 series lead.
St. Louis Blues
Best: Game 2 Win vs. Los Angeles Kings
The St. Louis Blues shocked the defending Stanley Cup champions by taking a 2-0 series lead. The Blues were able to score two goals in the third period, and they gave the Los Angeles Kings a real shock.
Worst: Game 6 Loss
The Blues' shock of the Kings was short lived, and the defending Cup champs exacted revenge during the rest of the series.
The worst moment of the St. Louis Blues' playoff run was their elimination in Game 6. The Blues played a hard-fought game, but they still lost 2-1. The worst part for the Blues was the fact that it was their fourth straight loss during the series.
Toronto Maple Leafs
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Best: Game 6 Victory
The Toronto Maple Leafs won their second game in a row to force a Game 7 when they defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1. The Maple Leafs almost pulled off a stunning upset, but things ultimately didn't go their way.
Worst: Collapse in Game 7
The worst moment of the playoffs for the Toronto Maple Leafs was their collapse in Game 7. It was an unexpected and total collapse that shocked the world. The Leafs gave up three goals in the final 11 minutes of the game, and Patrice Bergeron scored a game-winning goal in overtime.
There isn't a moment from the Vancouver Canucks' playoff run that can be considered a positive. The Canucks lost every game during their series, and it is hard to say they did anything positive during the playoffs.
Worst: Elimination in Game 4
The Canucks lost Game 4 to the San Jose Sharks in overtime, and the way they lost added insult to injury. A controversial penalty sent the Sharks to the power play, and Patrick Marleau capitalized on a rebound.
This loss knocked the Canucks out of the playoffs, and it cost Alain Vigneault his job.
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Best Moment: Game 1 Win vs. New York Rangers
During Game 1 the Washington Capitals dominated the Rangers offensively. They scored three goals in the second period, and it was all the scoring they needed to take care of the Rangers. The Capitals were the top team during the beginning of this series, and their play in Game 1 carried over into Game 2.
Worst Moment: Game 7 Loss
The Rangers embarrassed the Capitals in Game 7 at the Verizon Center. It was the first time in franchise history that the Rangers won a Game 7 on the road, and they made a statement. During the majority of the series, the Rangers' offense was lifeless, but they found a way to score five goals in Game 7.