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The five most dramatic hockey goals of the last decade

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

GIF: Patrick Stefan misses empty net, Ales Hemsky ties it

5. Ales Hemsky "Can you, believe, what we, just saw!" (Video) 
In a regular season game against the Edmonton Oilers on January 4, 2007, Stars forward Patrick Stefan made an enormous blunder that will forever be in the all-time hockey blooper reel. In a desperation move to score a goal, the Oilers pulled their goalie.

With 15 seconds left, Stefan stripped Bergeron of the puck, and had a breakaway, with no goalie, and no defender in sight. Stefan missed the wide open shot and fell down. The Oilers came the other way and Ales Hemsky tied the game with a mere two seconds remaining in a spectacular turn of events. 

Stefan's contract expired the same year, and the Stars chose not to resign him, making this one of the last NHL games he ever played. 

Paul Kariya comes back and scores in Game Six of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals

4. Paul Kariya "Off the floor, on the board!" (Video) 
In Game Six of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, midway through the second period, forward Paul Kariya was knocked unconscious on a huge hit by Devils defenseman Scott Stevens: one of the most inconic hitters in the history of the game. 

The medical staff was ready to take Kariya to a local hospital, when he decided he would return to the game. With just two minutes left in the same period, Kariya came in and rifled a wrist shot past goaltender Martin Brodeur. 

Martin St. Louis forces a Game Seven after his overtime winner

3. Martin St. Louis "We are going back to Tampa Bay!" (Video) 
Overtime and facing elimination in Game Six of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, Martin St. Louis scored a clutch goal in front of the net to keep the Lightning alive for a seventh game, in which Tampa Bay won the franchises' first ever Stanley Cup. 

Dave Bolland's 2013 Stanley Cup winning goal

2. Dave Bolland "17 seconds!" (Video) 
With less than two minutes left in the third period, with the Boston Bruins up 2-1 and on the verge of forcing a Game Seven in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks came back and stunned the team, and went on to win the Stanley Cup. 

Bryan Bickell scored with 1:17 to tie the game. Then just 17 seconds later, forward Dave Bolland scored the game winner. 

Sidney Crosby's golden goal from  the 2010 Winter Olympics

1. Sidney Crosby "The Golden Goal!" (Video) 
Canada. USA. Overtime. Sidney Crosby. Gold Medal. Could it have been scripted any better? 

Awesome minimalist NHL hockey logos by S. Preston Chuhon

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