The 5 Most Dramatic Hockey Goals of the Last Decade

Paul Kariya knocked out by Scott Stevens in the 2003 NHL Playoffs

Hockey is a sport rich with dramatic moments and heart-stopping plays. Here are five of the most dramatic goals from the past ten years that have left an indelible mark on fans.

These five goals are celebrated not just for their athletic brilliance but for their dramatic timing and lasting legacy in the world of sports. Each goal tells a story of triumph, resilience, and sometimes, heartbreak, embodying the spirit of hockey at its finest.

“Can You Believe What We Just Saw?” – Patrick Stefan Empty Net Miss Leads to Hemsky Goal

During a regular season game on January 4, 2007, against the Edmonton Oilers, Stars forward Patrik Stefan was poised for an easy goal.

Patrik Stefan misses an empty net and Ales Hemsky ties it

With the Oilers’ net empty, Stefan had a clear shot but stumbled and missed the open net. Consequently, the Oilers counterattacked, and Ales Hemsky tied the game at 5-5 with just two seconds left, creating one of the most unforgettable bloopers in hockey history.

“Off the Floor, On the Board!” – Paul Kariya Returns After Hit by Scott Stevens and Scores

In the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, Mighty Ducks’ Paul Kariya was knocked unconscious by a brutal Scott Stevens hit. Surprisingly, Kariya returned to the ice within minutes and, fueled by sheer adrenaline, scored a critical goal past Martin Brodeur.

Paul Kariya scores iconic “off the floor, on the board” goal for Anaheim

His comeback and goal left an iconic stamp on the series.

“We Are Going Back to Tampa Bay!” – Martin St. Louis Scores a Clutch Goal Facing Elimination

In the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, facing elimination in Game Six, Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored during overtime.

Martin St. Louis scores in overtime for Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals

Consequently, his goal not only extended the series but also paved the way for Tampa Bay’s first Stanley Cup victory, completing an astonishing comeback against the Calgary Flames.

“17 Seconds!” – Dave Bolland Scores the Stanley Cup Winning Goal in 2013

The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals saw the Chicago Blackhawks staging one of the most dramatic comebacks in NHL history. Trailing 2-1 against the Boston Bruins with less than two minutes remaining, the Blackhawks scored twice in 17 seconds.

Dave Bolland scores the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Blackhawks in 2013

First, Bryan Bickell tied the game. Then Dave Bolland quickly followed with the winner, clinching the Stanley Cup in breathtaking fashion.

“The Golden Goal!” – Sidney Crosby Scores in Overtime and Team Canada Wins Olympic Gold

Perhaps the most iconic goal in Canadian hockey history, Sidney Crosby’s overtime winner against the USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics captured the gold medal for Team Canada.

GIF: Sidney Crosby "Golden Goal" in 2010 Winter Olympics

Known as “The Golden Goal,” this international hockey highlight is cherished by Canadians and remembered as a defining point in Olympic Sports.

Photo Source: Robert Laberge/Getty Images.

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