Why it's the winner: It was two days before Christmas when two of of the NHL's better teams got together in San Jose, and they did not disappoint. The Sharks were 1:51 away from a 3-2 victory, but the Avalanche received two goals in 12 seconds from Erik Johnson and Jamie McGinn to take a 4-3 lead.
Things looked gloomy for the Sharks, but Joe Pavelski knotted the score with less than 20 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. The Sharks would win in a shootout on goals from Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau.
Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 5, SO (Nov. 27): The Leafs took a 5-3 lead into the third period in Pittsburgh and looked to be on their way to a big road victory. But James Neal and Evgeni Malkin sent the wild game to overtime with third-period goals. Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout, capping a crazy game with 72 combined shots on goal.
Canadiens 4, Devils 3, SO (Dec. 4): It was looking like your routine game through two periods. The Canadiens led 1-0 in the tightly played game, but things unraveled over the final 20 minutes.
Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder scored early to put the Devils ahead 2-1, but it wasn't enough. Lars Eller pulled the Habs into a 2-2 tie with 3:50 remaining. But a P.K. Subban stumble led to a Patrik Elias goal with 1:06 left, seemingly sealing the Canadiens' fate.
But David Desharnais scored with goalie Peter Budaj on the bench for an extra attacker to tie the score at 3-3 with 37 seconds left. Desharnais went on to score the deciding goal in the shootout.
Also worthy of consideration: Blackhawks 6, Senators 5 (Oct. 29); Flyers 5, Blue Jackets 4 (Dec. 19); Maple Leafs 6, Oilers 5, OT (Oct. 12)