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NHL Goals: Each NHL Teams' Most Exciting Goal Ever Scored

Eddie TheisenContributor IIIAugust 10, 2011

NHL Goals: Each NHL Teams' Most Exciting Goal Ever Scored

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    The NHL is filled with so much excitement it pushes any other sport to match it, especially come playoff time. The intensity is unmatched by any other sport in my opinion. With all the hard hits, double overtimes and fights.

    And of course goals. The NHL is unique when it comes to goals, because a game winning goal reaction from the crowd is about as exciting as it gets. Sometimes decibel readings getting to ear shattering levels. Edmonton Oilers know about that one.

    Here are the most exciting goals by each NHL team in their history.

Anaheim Ducks: Paul Kariya

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    Paul Kariya and the Ducks were facing the New Jersey Devils in the 2003 finals. The Ducks were a long shot, only being a seven seed. But with an upset against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion, Detroit Red Wings, it gave them the boost they needed.

    Kariya got rocked by Scott Stevens, which is considered by some to be a dirty hit. He came back from the locker room and roofed one over Brodeur. It was game six of the finals and the Ducks needed to force a game seven to stay alive. Kariya's goal helped them get to a game seven, but the Devils would end up winning the cup.

Boston Bruins: Bobby Orr

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    This is considered by many, to be the greatest goal in NHL history. With it being an overtime game winner for the Stanley Cup, none of them could be too wrong. 

    The Bruins captured the cup against the St. Louis Blues in four games. The Bruins were not really the better team on paper, but with Bobby Orr on your side, you're almost the better team every time. 

    Bobby Orr flies for this goal and will forever be linked to this goal when people look back on his career.

Buffalo Sabres: Brad May

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    The Buffalo Sabres are the most intense, dedicated and loyal franchise to not have a Stanley Cup. No Vancouver not you. The Sabres and Bruins were going at it in the first round of the playoffs. The Sabres got out to a 3-0 series lead against Boston.

    Game four would go into overtime and Brad May would end up scoring the goal that is known by many as the "May Day" goal.  

Calgary Flames: Martin Gelinas

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    The Calgary Flames were facing the heavily favored Red Wings in the second round of the 2004 playoffs. This was Calgary's magical finals run season. As only a six seed the team came together and proved they were worthy to play for Lord Stanley's prize.

    The Flames had a 3-2 series lead and needed a win on home ice to get to the Western Conference Finals. The game would go into overtime and going back to Detroit for game seven is what nobody wants to do. Gelinas though, would net the game winner in overtime and send the Flames on their way.

Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Williams

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    Not to many empty net goals are that exciting. Unless it's to seal a Stanley Cup for an "unmarketable" franchise. The Hurricanes have shown that they are a serious franchise and can be a hockey city. 

    In 2006 the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in seven games against the Edmonton Oilers. Carolina was trying to just fend off the pushing Oilers, but when Williams got loose it was all over. He stared down an empty net and put in the game finisher. 

    The Hurricanes have maybe the loudest crowd in the NHL. They showed it with this empty netter and really all playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane

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    No not the cup winner. Because him and Patrick Sharp were the only two who knew the puck was actually in. Also, this is the most overlooked play in the Hawks cup run in 2010. If he wouldn't have tied the game here they would have been down 2-3 in the series.

    They were also short handed with a five minute penalty kill. If this doesn't happen their Stanley Cup never happens.

Colorado Avalanche: Uwe Krupp

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    The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in their first year in Denver. Coming from Quebec as the former known Nordiques. Colorado had to play the Florida Panthers for the title and now days, I think anyone would play the Panthers for the cup.

    Uwe Krupp just was trying to put a routine puck on net in the third overtime. It happened to go in and the Av's won their Stanley Cup. 

Columbus Blue Jackets: Rick Nash

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    The Blue Jackets are a franchise that haven't had much success in their short tenure. They do however, have one of the best players in the league on their team. Rick Nash. He has been the only dominate force the Jackets have to brag about.

    In this game against Phoenix he scored, undoubtedly the best goal of that year. It was even up for an ESPY for best play by ESPN. Hockey on ESPN? Must have been good. 

Dallas Stars: Brendan Morrow

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    The Stars were facing the strongly favored Sharks in the 2008 playoffs. The Stars were up in the series 3-0 and looking to sweep. Then they lost two straight and had a game six back in Dallas. To the lower seed, this situation is always played like a game seven. You don't want to risk it all in a game seven.

    They were in a battle in this game, as it would take four overtimes to decide the winner. Stephan Robidas slid one back door to Brendan Morrow and the crowd went crazy as Dallas would go onto the Western Conference Finals.

Detroit Red Wings: Steve Yzerman

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    The Red Wings were probably the favorite to win the Stanley Cup in the 1996 playoffs. They faced the St. Louis Blues in the Semi-Finals. The game was tied 0-0 after regulation and would need overtime for this shutout classic.

    One overtime wasn't enough and would take two to decide the winner of this contest. Gretzky had one of the worst turnovers of his career and gave the puck to Steve Yzerman. Yzerman crossed the blue line and just absolutely rips it. The puck hit the back bar, but was so fast you can barely see it. Sent the game seven crowd home happy.

Edmonton Oilers: Ales Hemsky

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    The Oilers barely snuck into the playoffs in 2006. As an eight seed you expect them to not go far at all. Especially when they are facing the President Trophy winning Detroit Red Wings. Edmonton was up in the series 3-2 with a chance to put away the Red Wings.

    They were down 2-0 going into the third period and it looked like this series was headed back to Detroit. With a big comeback, they were able to tie the game and it looked like it was headed for overtime. That is until Ales Hemsky netted a goal with just over a minute left to send Oil Country into a frenzy.

Florida Panthers: Bill Lindsey

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    The Panthers made the playoffs in only their third year as an expansion team. They even made the Finals that year. Quickest expansion team to make the Stanley Cup Final in the history of the NHL. 

    Although that has been the Panthers only success. They have had a couple other playoff births, but not gotten anywhere with them. This goal by Bill Lindsey sent the Panthers to the second round of the 1996 playoffs, beating the Bruins in overtime.

Los Angeles Kings: Adam Deadmarsh

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    The Kings eliminated Detroit in the first round of the 2001 playoffs. Like usual the Red Wings were the favor to win, but couldn't get the job done. 

    Adam Deadmarsh put in a rebound off Chris Osgood and sent the Staple Center crowd into a frenzy. This was the last time the Kings really shook up the playoffs in the NHL.

Minnesota Wild: Andrew Brunette

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    Andrew Brunette and the Wild were facing the Colorado Avalanche in the 2003 playoffs. As underdogs, they were expected to lose to the dominate Av's.

    Not only did Minnesota win game seven in overtime to take the series, but they won game six in Minnesota to force this game seven. They were just trying to stay alive in the series and ended up winning it. They would reach the Western Conference Finals that year and that's the furthest they have ever been. 

Montreal Canadiens: Dominic Moore

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    Dominic Moore sent the Montreal Canadien faithful into a mob when he scored a goal to put them up by two with three minutes left. The Capitals scored shortly after so it would prove to be the game winner. You know Montreal loved nothing more to knock out the Russian, Alex Ovechkin. 

    They were also down 1-3 in the series and came all the way back to win the first round of the playoffs. Making Washington choke in another post-season.

Nashville Predators: Matt Halischuk

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    The Nashville Predators seem to be on the rise in the NHL, coming off their best playoff season ever. They made the second round of the playoffs for the first time in NHL history last season. They faced the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. Down 0-1 in the series, a 0-2 hole would be deadly to the powerful Canucks.

    Pekka Rinne held them in the game with an amazing save on Kevin Bieksa in the overtime period. Then Halischuk sniped Luongo to get the split in the series.

New Jersey Devils: Jason Arnott

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    The Devils were on the verge of their second Stanley Cup in franchise history in game six of the 2000 finals. They were facing the previous overtime cup champs Dallas Stars. This game would go into overtime as well.

    Jason Arnott received a pass from Patrik Elias and put the one-timer in the net. Probably the most memorable goal for Devil fans.

New York Islanders: Bob Nystrom

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    The Islanders had one of the best dynasties of all time in the 1980's. They would win four Stanley Cups from 1980-1983. 

    Bob Nystrom netted the overtime winner for the Isles' and it was their first of four straight cups. The Islanders now days need to get back to this form if they want to stay in New York.

New York Rangers: Stephane Matteau

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    The New York Rangers had one of the best sports stories ever when they won the cup in 1994. The last time they had won it was 1940. A lot say the curse happened because the 1940 Rangers burnt the cup and had to have it repaired. 

    Messier in game six against the Devils had claimed "We Will Win Tonight" in the headlines. He put his money where his mouth was and put up a hat trick on the road in New Jersey. Then game seven would go into overtime and and the winner would go on to face the Canucks in the finals. 

    Stephane Matteau would score the most memorable goal in Rangers history.

Ottawa Senators: Daniel Alfredsson

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    The Ottawa Senators became the third straight Canadian team to make the finals in 2007. They were also the third straight Canadian team to lose the Stanley Cup. In 2007 the Senators had a descent team that could make a run in the playoffs.

    The did and made it all the way there. Daniel Alfredsson scored in game five in overtime, against the Buffalo Sabres. It would send them to the finals against the Anaheim Ducks.

Philadelphia Flyers: Simon Gagne

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    The Flyers fell into a 0-3 hole against the Boston Bruins in 2010. It seemed like Boston would definitely go on to play in the Eastern Conference Finals. Then the Flyers made a comeback for the ages, winning four straight games. 

    Boston was even up 3-0 in the game seven and ended up blowing to 3-0 leads. Simon Gagne would get the game winner for the Flyers and become one of the few teams in professional sports to make a 0-3 comeback in the playoffs. 

Phoenix Coyotes: Shane Doan

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    Shane Doan has been the face of Phoenix for about ten years. He has been with the team since they were the old Winnipeg Jets. Just like the franchise, he hasn't had much success in Phoenix. Even though he puts up good stats and numbers, he isn't playing with talent that flourishes his career.

    This goal though sent Phoenix into a mad house when he tied up game two at four a piece. It was a nice two on one goal and a great pass from Vernon Fiddler.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Mario Lemieux

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    There is nothing like watching the home crowd give a standing to a team in the final minute of a game. Also when they are giving one to a legend and the ultimate face of the franchise and yelling their brains out for his final shift.

    Then when he scores on his final shift? That's the definition of epic. Lemieux will always be the fan favorite in Pittsburgh and this goal will be remembered in greatest Pittsburgh sports moments of all time. 

San Jose Sharks: Jamie Baker

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    The Sharks were in the playoffs for the first time in their history. They were up against the Detroit Red Wings, who were the best team in the Western Conference. The Sharks had no chance.

    Unless Jamie Baker is playing. They had a game seven in Detroit and the Sharks shocked Hockeytown with a win. With a crucial turnover by Chris Osgood, the Sharks would put in the eventual game winner and go on to the second round.

St. Louis Blues: Doug Wickenheiser

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    In game six of the Campbell Conference Finals, the Blues faced a three goal deficit. Twice. They overcame it twice and were able to get the overtime winner to force a game seven.

    This ranks among one of the best comebacks in the NHL ever. Doug Wickenheiser just slides it past the goal tender and the rest is Blues history.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Martin St. Louis

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the couple, recent expansion teams to have a Stanley Cup. They won their first and only cup in franchise history in 2004. They played a great game seven and won in front of their home crowd.

    However, it would never have happened if Martin St. Louis would not have scored in game six. He scored in double overtime and spoiled the party for everyone in Calgary. 

Toronto Maple Leafs: Mats Sundin

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs were trying to be the first team in Toronto to make the finals since 1967. They had to go through the Carolina Hurricanes. In game six it seemed like the Hurricanes would be going to their first finals ever. That is until Mats Sundin tied the game with 28 seconds left.

    Sundin scored on a scramble in the net mouth and sent the game into overtime. Though, the Hurricanes would score and go to the finals anyway. 

Vancouver Canucks: Raffi Torres

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    This is one of those game where the goalies are so good you are actually rooting for the saves. You didn't want anyone to score because you didn't want the game to end. Unless you were a Boston or Vancouver fan of course. 

    Raffi Torres got hit back door and scored a goal with just 18 seconds left. It sent all of Vancouver into a frenzy and gave them hope. But...

Washington Capitals: David Steckel

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    The Penguins and Capitals had a classic series in 2009. The Penguins held a 3-2 series lead and were trying to close it out. The game six would eventually go in to overtime.

    The Capitals were hanging on for dear life and then a innocent wrister on net got tipped in by David Steckel. The memory was short lived as the Caps got trounced in game seven. 

Winnipeg Jets: Norm Maclver

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    The Winnipeg Jets had their last ever game in the 1996 playoffs. They were on the brink of elimination and the elimination of their franchise. The Jets faithful wanted to go out with a bang and win a cup obviously. That story was a little too dramatic to happen. 

    The Jets fans have no reason to be sad anymore when watching this clip. Your team is back! Congratulations Winnipeg. 

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