From Petr Nedved's 4OT winner for Pittsburgh in 1993 to Bobby Orr's famous Cup-clinching goal for Boston in '70, here are the best extra-frame moments the game has known, based on The Hockey News' rundown from the Ultimate Book of Hockey Lists.
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1996 Eastern Conference finals, Game 4
With the power play ticking down in the fourth overtime, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Petr Nedved snapped a shot past Washington Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig with 44 seconds left in the period before celebrating the 3-2 win with a slide on his knees through center ice.
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1987 Patrick Division semifinals, Game 7
After three overtime periods proved unsuccessful in determining a winner between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals, 22-year-old Isles forward Pat Lafontaine let a spin-o-rama slapper rip from just inside the blue line. As THN points out, the shot ended the longest Game 7 ever played in Stanley Cup playoffs, with New York taking the 3-2 win.
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2008 Stanley Cup Final, Game 5
Despite a Pittsburgh Penguins lineup highlighted by stars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, it's the veteran winger Petr Sykora who ended the contest midway through the third bonus period. Amazingly, he'd said he would win the game, and his wrister over Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood's glove gave the Pens the 4-3 win -- and forced Detroit to wait one more game before winning its 11th Cup.
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1986 Stanley Cup Final, Game 2
What a waste of a zamboni run! Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Skrudland converted a slap pass just inside the left post at :09 of the first OT to draw Montreal even with the Calgary Flames. The Habs won 3-2 and took the next three games to grab their 23rd Cup.
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1993 Patrick Division finals, Game 7
Islanders forward David Volek recorded eight goals during the 1992-93 regular season, but he came up big in Game 7 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins when Ray Ferraro led a 2-on-1 rush and put a puck on a tee for him. Volek crushed the one-timer past Pens goalie Tom Barrasso for his second of the game, derailing Mario Lemieux and Co.'s shot at a third consecutive title with a 4-3 decision.
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1999 Stanley Cup final, Game 6
Whether Brett Hull’s goal in triple overtime should have counted – because his foot was in the crease – will be debated between Dallas and Buffalo fans until the end of time. With a sprawling Dominic Hasek down on his stomach, the veteran Hull tucked a rebound into the net to clinch the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 win. "I don't know if we'll ever be able to put this behind us for the rest of our lives," Buffalo’s Jay McKee said after the loss.
1980 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6
A helmetless Bob Nystrom redirected a pass from New York Islanders teammate John Tonelli in the first OT to give the Islanders the 5-4 victory and their first of four straight Cups.
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1950 Stanley Cup Final, Game 7
A little shy of the midway point of double overtime, Detroit Red Wing Pete Babando drove a backhander past New York Rangers goaltender Chuck Rayner. The 4-3 Detroit win represented the first game extra time was needed to crown a champion.
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1951 Stanley Cup Final, Game 5
Bill Barilko tallied in the first OT of Game 5 to give Toronto the 3-2 win, its seventh Stanley Cup and fifth in seven years to end a series in which each game went to extra time. Sadly, Barilko died in a plane crash that summer and his body was not found for 11 years.
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1970 Stanley Cup Final, Game 4
With perhaps the most famous goal in hockey history, Bobby Orr completed a sweep of the St. Louis Blues, scoring on a perfectly orchestrated give-and-go and flying through the air in celebration of Boston's 4-3 win.