Kevin Bieksa’s OT Series-Clinching Goal Was As Ugly As OT Series-Clinching Goals Come (Video)
Last night was a rather interesting/entertaining night in the world of sports as each of the two Conference Finals match-ups – one NBA and one NHL – needed overtime to decide a winner. In one of those games, the Miami Heat would outscore the Chicago Bulls 16-8 in the extra, en route to the 101-93 victory and a 3-1 series lead.
And then there was the NHL’s Western Conference Finals match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks, which needed two overtime periods to find a winner after Ryan Kesler deflected home a Henrik Sedin shot with 14 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 2-2.
As for the overtime winner, that would come off the stick of Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa after an Alex Edler dump-in took a strange bounce off a glass stanchion, which left everyone in the arena, including Bieksa, wondering what the heck had just happened. What did end up happening was the puck ricocheted straight to Bieksa, who slapped the puck past an unsuspecting Antti Neimi for the series-clinching goal.
Here is a look at Bieksa’s overtime winner, which helped send the Canucks to their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994, and also brought back memories of Patrick Kane’s Cup-winning goal from last season.