The Top 13 Goals from the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs have been over for about two months now and it's one of the worst times to be a hockey fan—the dreaded offseason that seems to take an eternity. It will come soon though. Patience.
The 2011 playoffs was one of the best playoffs, if not the best, I have seen in a while—especially with the first round being all-out intense and exciting.
There were plenty of great saves, hits and moments including some great goals. Here are some of the best goals of the playoffs.
Nathan Horton's Game 7 Winner
The Stanley Cup champion Bruins did not have the easiest road to the Cup. They fell down 0-2 against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round. They climbed out of that hole by winning the next three in a row.
Montreal forced a Game 7 and it went to overtime. Nathan Horton blasted one that tipped off a defender in front of Price and found the back of the net. The rest is history for the Bruins.
Alex Burrow's Game 7 Winner
I think it's incredible that both of the finalists in the Stanley Cup Finals had to win in Game 7 in overtime of the first round. The Canucks were on the verge of blowing a 3-0 series lead against the hated Chicago Blackhawks.
Burrows intercepted a clearing attempted and put one past Corey Crawford for the series win.
Pavel Datsyuk's Sick Backhand
This is the most underrated goal of the playoffs in my opinion. We all know Datsyuk is a magician with the puck and has the best dangles in the league. He can also pick a corner pretty well too.
Datsyuk was forced to the outside, but somehow still finds a hole to beat Niemi. The Sharks would go on to win Game 7 however.
Marchand Beats Luuuuuuuuuuu
Brad Marchand had a tremendous rookie playoff, being one of the best players for Boston in their Cup run. He had some terrific goals for them and this one was one of his best.
In Game 6 against the Canucks, Marchand was streaking down the side and flung a backhander top shelf on Luongo. This angle shows how little room he actually had.
Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall were on the debate last summer of who would go No. 1 in the draft. Luckily for Boston, the Oilers picked Taylor Hall so Seguin could shine like this. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but it looks like Seguin should fit in fine.
Seguin makes a fool of Lundin and then sniped Roloson for the goal. Top three goals of the playoffs.
Darren Helm from Datsyuk
Back to Datsyuk and showing again how well he can make things happen when he has the puck. He gets in and doesn't have a great angle to score so he puts the puck in between his legs and gets a shot on net.
Helm is there to hit in the rebound and give the Red Wings a three-goal lead. As Darren Pang says, it's not a hot dog move; he is generating a better chance.
Teddy Purcell Gets Two in One Shift
Teddy Purcell is one of the many players who broke out in the playoffs this year. It shows from his contract upgrade this offseason. Purcell and the Lightning were down by three goals in Game 4 and in danger of falling down 3-1 in the series.
He leads the way of the comeback and puts in two in 63 seconds. My favorite part is both goals are highlight-reel goals too—the sick move to the backhand and the absolute snipe on Tim Thomas.
Pavelski's Overtime Snipe
The Sharks and Kings met each other in the first round of the playoffs last year. The first game would go to overtime between the two evenly matched teams.
Pavelski would get a drop pass and rip it by Quick. The Sharks would go on to win all the overtime games in this series.
Ryan Kesler Feels Like Dancing
Ryan Kesler was arguably the best player for the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs. This goal shows why he was thought of as the best player on the ice—maybe the world.
He dances between two Predators and ends it with a sick shot by Rinne. One of the many highlights Kesler had this postseason.
Sedin Five Hole Pass
This one falls under the Helm, Datsyuk category: The player who got the assist was actually the one making the better play. The Sedins have always been known for their playmaking abilities, but this pass is just sick.
Henrik slides the puck through Niemi's five hole to a wide open Burrows and there was nothing he could do. Dan Boyle does pretty much play it perfect, but Sedin wouldn't be denied.
Semin's Absolute Rocket
Alex Semin, like most of the Capitals, is known as an underachiever in the playoffs. Semin actually did have a good playoffs this year, even though it ended short once again for Washington.
This goal has got to help your confidence. Rocketing it past one of the best goalies in the league in Lundqvist.
Jonathan Towes Ties It
I'm assuming this moment made every Canuck fan puke or come close to it. You're thinking your Canucks only have to burn another minute after your power play. Or even score to get a two-goal lead. It doesn't help when you might blow a 3-0 series lead too.
Toews wills this goal past Vancouver and sends the game into overtime. Even though Burrows scored to give Vancouver the win, it still should be a good memory for Hawks fans.
Bobby Ryan's Ridiculousness
Considered the best goal of the playoffs by many, Bobby Ryan dangles, dangles and snipes. Even though David Legwand doesn't have a stick, it doesn't mean it's any less special. Legwand tried to line up Ryan; he just missed.
Also, Shea Weber was trailing and you know he wanted a piece of him as well. But Ryan put on a show and netted one of the best goals I'll ever see in my life.
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