2008 NHL Playoffs' Overtime Magic

Matt EichelSenior Writer IMay 19, 2008

Overtime magic...there's nothing like it.

So far, thirteen games have needed extra time to settle the score, sometimes even the series. 

Here's a look at the top 5 overtime games in the first three rounds this post-season.

#5: Game 4 Eastern Semi-Finals: Philadelphia 4, Washington 3 (2OT)

Mike Knuble notched the overtime winner 86:40 after the first puck-drop at the Wachovia Centre in Philadelphia to send the home fans home happy.  

The Flyers took a 3-1 series lead after that game, but were eventually pushed to the brink by Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, until Game 7.


#4: Game 5 Western Quarter-Finals: Detroit 2, Nashville 1

After making a series out of it, Dan Ellis and the Nashville Predators hoped to put the Wings on the brink.  

However, playoff hero Johan Franzen notched his second of the series only 1:48 into overtime on Detroit's 54th shot of the game. The momentum was too much as the Wings would bounce the Predators the very next game, winning in six.


#3: Game 5 Eastern Semi-Finals: Pittsburgh 3, New York Rangers 2

After putting up a fight at home in Game 4 and pushing Game 5 to overtime, the Rangers seemed to have some life in them, especially playing the Penguins in their home building.  

However, Marian Hossa ended the Rangers season as he beat Henrik Lundqvist for his second goal of the game a fifth of the playoffs 7:10 into overtime on Pittsburgh's 40th shot to send the Penguins to the Eastern Final.  


#2: Game 1 Eastern Semi-Finals: Montreal 4, Philadelphia 3

After tying the game with less than a minute left in regulation, Tom Kostopolous banged home his own rebound only 48 seconds into overtime as the Canadiens beat the Flyers in Game 1.  

The Flyers would go on to win the series in five games, winning the next four.


#1: Game 6 Western Semi-Finals: Dallas 2, San Jose 1 (4OT)

Game 6 entered the record books as the eighth longest game in NHL playoff history when Brendan Morrow tipped home Stephane Robidas pass at 9:03 of the fourth overtime period on the power play.  

Morrow's winner was his seventh of the post-season and it ended the Sharks season as the Stars won the series in six games.


Honourable Mention:

Game 2 - Eastern Quarter-Finals: Montreal 3, Boston 2

Game 2 - Western Quarter-Finals: Minnesota 3, Colorado 2

Game 5 - Western Semi-Finals: San Jose 3, Dallas 2

Game 3 - Eastern Quarter-Finals: Boston 2, Montreal 1