The Ten Saddest GIFs of the 2014 NHL Playoffs

Joe Thornton and the saddest GIFs of the 2014 NHL Playoffs

The 2014 NHL season concluded with dramatic flair as Alec Martinez’s overtime goal secured the Stanley Cup for the Los Angeles Kings, their second championship in three years. However, with every winner comes twenty-nine losers. Let’s look at the ten saddest GIFs from the 2014 NHL Playoffs, a mix of heartbreak and disappointment (in chronological order). Enjoy, or shed a tear if your team is featured in this top ten.

10. Deja Vu for Jumbo Joe

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton’s reaction following his team’s elimination is heartbreaking. For those who love hockey trivia, did you know that his team became only the fourth in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead? The Sharks have been eliminated by nearly every Western Conference team in their last ten playoff appearances.

Sad Joe Thornton reacts to being eliminated

9. A Reilly Bad Day

Ryan O’Reilly experienced a rough ending when his team was eliminated in overtime of Game Seven. To add insult to injury, he took a stick to the face during the opposing team’s celebration.

Ryan O'Reilly takes a high-stick in the face

8. An Avalanche of Tears

A Colorado Avalanche fan couldn’t hold back tears after Nino Niederreiter’s OT goal sent the Avs home. This emotional moment highlights the intense highs and lows of the NHL playoffs.

Avalanche fan cries after 2014 NHL Playoff loss

7. Speechless

Another Avalanche fan was left in shock, staring blankly after the loss. Despite the disappointment, it was a season filled with Colorado Avalanche highlights. The team went from third-last to second in the league.

A speechless Colorado Avalanche fan

6. Frustrated Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers players Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, and Jakub Voracek react in frustration after falling short by two goals of advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, and Jakob Voracek react to Flyers elimination

5. Lonely Hawks Fan

A solitary Chicago Blackhawks fan is surrounded by celebrating Minnesota Wild supporters after a Minnesota goal.

Sad Blackhawks fan in 2014 NHL Playoffs

4. Sad Sid

Sidney Crosby, who led the league with 104 points in the regular season, managed only three points in the Penguins’ seven-game series against the Rangers. New York’s 2-1 victory in the deciding game sent Pittsburgh home, much to the disappointment of their fans.

Sidney Crosby following Penguins elimination to Rangers

3. Penguins Can’t Fly

Pittsburgh Penguins fans were visibly disappointed after their team was eliminated by the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The defeat was a tough pill to swallow for the Penguins faithful.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans react to elimination

2. Hanging Heads

In Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks hung their heads after an overtime loss to the Kings, ending their bid to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The GIF features Jonathan Toews, Corey Crawford, and Stan Bowman in a moment of shared despair.

Jonathan Toews, Corey Crawford, and Stan Bowman hang their heads after Chicago's loss

1. Heartbroken Henrik

Henrik Lundqvist faced back-to-back heartbreaks in 2014. After losing in the Olympic finals to Team Canada, he suffered another defeat in double overtime of the Stanley Cup Finals. Lundqvist, the backbone of the Rangers, finished second on the two biggest stages in professional hockey within four months.

Henrik Lundqvist reacts to Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup winner

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