Sudden Death Hockey! First Night of Stanley Cup Playoffs Features Two Glorious OT Winners (Videos)

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A lot of people think the Stanley Cup Playoffs is the greatest postseason tournament in professional sports. If you ask these people why they feel this way, almost every one of them will give you the same answer:

Sudden. Death. Overtime.

Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long at all for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs to be awesome. The tournament kicked off with five games on Wednesday night, and two of them went to overtime.

In Edmonton, where fans were going absolutely bonkers over their first taste of the playoffs since 2006, the Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Sharks in the first period and took a 2-1 lead into the third. San Jose was just 1-22-1 this season when trailing after two periods. However, they tied the game at two goals a piece five minutes into the third period. Then, less than four minutes into OT, Joe Pavelski hit Melker Karlsson with a cross-ice pass, and Karlsson skated into the Oilers zone and fired a laser beam past Cam Talbot for the win.

It was a thing of beauty. Take a look:

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In Minnesota, the Wild were trailing the Blues 1-0 until Zach Parise scored a beauty with 30 seconds left in regulation:

However, the Blues had the last laugh. With two minutes left in the first overtime, Vladimir Tarasenko evaded his defender deep in the Wild zone, headed to the net, and inadvertently fed a perfect pass to a wide open Joel Edmundson who burried the game-winner:

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Judging from his reaction you’d think Edmundson had just scored an empty netter against the Arizona Coyotes in October. After the game he vowed to make improvements.

Edmundson wasn’t the real hero for the Blues, though. Goaltender Jake Allen was absolutely ridiculous between the pipes, stopping 51 of 52 shots on the night.

Man, you gotta love the playoffs.

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