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Here Is Every Overtime Goal from the First Round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Video)
The best thing about the Stanley Cup Playoffs? That would be sudden death overtime. The only other league that has anything nearly as cool as this for the playoffs is the NFL. There you kind of have sudden death overtime…after both teams get a possession…unless the team with first possession scores on their first play, in which case the game is over. It’s so complicated that even the TV analysts aren’t sure how it works half the time.
For the NHL playoffs, however, it’s simple: whoever scores first wins. Period. And the result is that there is nothing more exhilarating or nerve-racking than overtime in the playoffs.
This year, in the first round, there was at least one overtime game in each of the eight series and 17 overtime games in all. The series least-influence by sudden-death? That would be the Senators-Canadiens series, which saw just one game decided by OT. At the other end of the spectrum was the Ducks-Red Wings series. That one went a full seven games, and four of them were decided by sudden-death goals.
Remarkably, not one of the 17 overtime games from the first round went beyond one overtime period. However, that doesn’t mean the goals were any less thrilling. And to prove it, today we have this amazing compilation of every singe one of them.
Take a look: