Top 10 Goals From the First Round of the NHL Playoffs
10. Mikkel Boedker vs. Chicago, Game 3
Boedker’s overtime game-winner vs Chicago in the third tilt of the series. How does he find the tiniest of openings to put the puck in the net?
9. Tyler Seguin vs. Washington, Game 6
Great move by Seguin to keep Washington goaltender Braden Holtby on the move until Holtby bites on a fake, leaving Seguin with an opportunity to send the series to a seventh game.
8. Claude Giroux/Jaromir Jagr vs. Pittsburgh, Game 3
This one’s not so much about the goal as it is about the play to set it up. Jagr makes a brilliant one-handed play to feed Giroux the puck.
7. Alexander Ovechkin vs. Boston, Game 4
Watch as Ovechkin chases down a bouncing, rolling puck, off a feed that teammate Brooks Laich made from behind his own blueline, to swat it in and give the Capitals a 2-1 lead.
6. Patrick Elias vs. Florida, Game 3
Wait for it….wait for it…then put it away. Elias has been in the league 16 years, he knows a thing or two about patience, and it shows on this incredible goal.
5. Sean Couturier vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2
This is Couturier’s first NHL season, and his second NHL playoff game. Yet he makes a play befitting a seasoned veteran, stealing the puck and then putting a brilliant move on Marc-Andre Fleury for the goal.
4. Pavel Datsyuk vs. Nashville, Game 3
This one might need a few viewings in order to take in what really happens. A seemingly innocent play…gets destroyed by the master thief himself, Pavel Datsyuk.
3. Dustin Brown vs. Vancouver, Game 2
Short-handed? No problem. Just speed past two Canucks defenders, take the puck all the way from your own end of the ice, then put a move on Roberto Luongo to put the Kings up 2-1. Apparently, that’s all in a day’s work for Kings captain Dustin Brown.
2. Kevin Klein vs. Detroit, Game 3
Streaks through two defenders, makes a move to fool Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard to score…what makes this even more impressive is that Nashville’s Kevin Klein is a defenseman, and should probably have no business knowing how to make this kind of a play.
1. James Neal vs. Philadelphia, Game 3
The Penguins might have lost the series, but that doesn’t mean James Neal’s incredible goal can’t win the top spot on this list. Watch as Neal takes it from center ice, jumps through two defenders, then rips it past Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for the score: