NHL: 50 Most Clutch Players in History

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NHL: 50 Most Clutch Players in History
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It's time for playoff hockey, and time for a look through NHL history at the most clutch performers of all time.

There are single-occasion clutch performances that didn't quite make the list—like Bill Barilko's Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1951, after which he mysteriously disappeared in a plane crash. His story was immortalized in the Tragically hip song Fifty Mission Cap.

Bobby Baun is another player with a one-time clutch performance that doesn't quite make the list. In 1964, Baun broke his leg in Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals, but returned to score the overtime winner. His Toronto Maple Leafs won the following game to claim the Cup.

A third incredibly clutch moment is one that's familiar to every Canadian hockey fan: Paul Henderson's overtime goal to win the 1972 Summit Series. "Here's another shot, right in front. He scores! Henderson!"

So, who does make the top 50 most clutch players in NHL history?


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