Overtime, Golden Goal and Shootouts – Oh my…

In the 2010 NHL Playoffs, there have already been more than a few games that have gone into overtime.  Then last night, we were treated to a 6-period thriller between the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators, who were on the brink of elimination already down three games to one in the series.

Whether it is Overtime in Hockey, Basketball, American Football or Penalty Kicks and Extra Time in Football (Soccer), there is nothing more exciting than the thrill of overtime.

We all know that Mats Sundin and Joe Sakic love to find the back of the net in overtime, but inspired by Matt Carkner’s unlikely heroics, here are my

Top Five Unlikely Extra Time Heroes:

5. Leafs beat Sens in 2001 Playoffs – At the time Curtis Joseph had his eyes set on being the first goalie in 56 years to record 3 straight playoff shutouts. However, in game three it was Cory Cross who provided the game winning goal in the first overtime period past a stunned Patrick Lalime.

4. Kasparaitus Beats Buffalo – In the same 2001 playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres met up with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern  Conference semi-finals. The season was all about Mario Lemieux’s return from retirement, but it was Kasparaitis who beat Hasek with a bullet to take game seven in overtime.

3. England Crashes out of Euro 2004 – Although most remember David Beckham’s shot miss that went into the crowd, it was Portuguese keeper Ricardo that was the hero. After stopping Darius Vassell’s penalty shot he stepped up to the spot and scored moving Portugal into the Semi-Finals of the Euro 2004.

2. May Day – Most of us have heard to call, check it here, but back in the 1993 Adams Division Finals, the Buffalo Sabres were in overtime against the Boston Bruins and up three games to none. Enforcer Brad May dashed in and past the defender, scoring an unlikely goal and making him a hero to the Sabre Nation.

1. Avs First Stanley Cup – After moving from Quebec and in its first season, the newly created Colorado Avalanche were looking for its first Stanley Cup. Up three games and looking for a sweep, Game 4 was a goalie duel between Patrick Roy and Florida Panthers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck. Uwe Krupp let loose a shot from the point that snuck past Vanbiesbrouck and clinched a Championship winning sweep of the Panthers. Did I mention it was in the THIRD overtime period?

Henry Whitfield is an avid sports fan who covers everything and anything in the sports world, while focusing on hockey and football. Follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield.


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