There is absolutely nothing better than overtime in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. No shootouts to follow, no points to be won or lost. Instead, you get pure passion, intensity, and life-or-death in overtime during the playoffs. Except if your goalie looks like Ryan Miller does to the left. That was Miller after an overtime loss in the gold medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and it's pretty evident that if you're on the losing end, overtime sucks. That's exactly why players give everything they have and more during the extra period or periods required to end a playoff game. The joy, the exuberance, and the unbridled happiness that players show after scoring an overtime goal might be the image of hockey that should be used when promoting the game.
With that, let's take a look at last year's overtime goals and late-game goals that show the emotions of players, both winners and losers, as the goals are scored.
This is why I love playoff hockey. Overtime goals mean so much more! We've already seen a few games go into extra time this year, and there's nothing like seeing the players pour onto the ice after that big goal is scored!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!