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Play of the Week

Play of the week: Bergeron ends it in double OT

Friday, 06.07.2013 / 1:08 PM / Play of the Week

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was two years old when his linemate, Jaromir Jagr, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. But the two teammates came together in double overtime Wednesday to start a rush that ended with Patrice Bergeron's goal, which gave Boston a 3-0 series lead over Jagr's former team in the Eastern Conference Final.

With just under five minutes remaining in the second overtime period in Game 3, the 41-year-old Jagr pivoted with the puck near the Penguins bench before Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin stole possession and started skating the other way. But Jagr made a heads-up play to take the puck back before sending Marchand down the left wing into the Pittsburgh zone.

As Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland began to eliminate Marchand's space along the boards, the Bruins wing made a perfect centering pass to teammate Patrice Bergeron as he being hounded by Brooks Orpik, charging towards the Pittsburgh net. Reading the play perfectly, Bergeron managed to move around and box out Orpik, before placing his stick on the ice to redirect the puck past the outstretched glove of goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

Play of the week: Seabrook sends Hawks to West final

Friday, 05.31.2013 / 11:47 AM / Play of the Week

Brent Seabrook has never been known for scoring dazzling highlight-reel goals. But his overtime winner against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals provided Chicago Blackhawks fans with a highlight they'll be replaying for years.

It all started with space, probably more space than the defenseman is used to when he carries the puck into the opponent's territory. With only Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall between him and goaltender Jimmy Howard, Seabrook kept it simple, merely trying to get a shot on net. In wristing the puck towards Howard, Seabrook didn't just use Kronwall as a screen, but the puck actually hit Kronwall's skate, causing it to flutter past Howard. Game over: Hawks advance.

"I had a lot of room. I didn't know what to do with all that room. I just shot it," Seabrook said after Game 7. "Tried to get it past Kronwall. Anything can happen. I think it went off him and went in, luckily."

Play of the Week: Kreider extends Rangers' season

Friday, 05.24.2013 / 12:02 PM / Play of the Week

With a flick of his stick, Chris Kreider ensured the New York Rangers' season would continue beyond Thursday.

Kreider, who burst onto the scene during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs straight out of Boston College, rediscovered a little of that postseason magic by converting a Rick Nash feed just over seven minutes into overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

"I was lucky enough to play with Rick," the 22-year-old Kreider said in the New York Times. "I was just trying to go hard to the net. He's such a talented player. He was able to find my tape and I tried to put it on net."

On the goal, Nash came down the right side and found Kreider's stickblade with a hard pass toward the slot. Kreider had position on Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton and redirected the puck high to Tuukka Rask's blocker side to give the Rangers their first overtime win of the playoffs and hand Boston its first overtime loss in this postseason.

Play of the Week: Kopitar goal a memorable one

Friday, 06.01.2012 / 11:00 AM / Play of the Week

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Anze Kopitar
Center - LAK
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 16
SOG: 52 | +/-: 14
NEWARK, N.J. -- Hockey players have really, really good memories.

When told that New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur had said he thought Anze Kopitar would go with a backhand attempt on a breakaway in overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, the hero for Los Angeles had a simple response.

"I guess that goes back a few years when, you know, we were in the shootout in L.A., and I went backhand on him," Kopitar said. "Maybe he thought I was going to do it again. Tonight I just wanted to mix it up a little bit."

Play of the Week: Penner puts Kings in Final

Thursday, 05.24.2012 / 1:12 PM / Play of the Week

Dustin Penner
Left Wing - LAK
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 10
SOG: 27 | +/-: 5
It would be difficult to find a player who better embodies the Los Angeles Kings' rise from a Western Conference bubble team to the powerhouse they currently resemble than the guy who scored the goal that put them in their first Stanley Cup Final in 19 years, Dustin Penner.

For much of the 2011-12 season, the Kings were the NHL's lowest-scoring team, and Penner was one of their most-maligned players. A former 30-goal scorer and 60-point producer in Edmonton, he totaled just seven goals and 17 points in 65 games and gained more notoriety for an incident in which he injured himself eating pancakes than for the scoring prowess the Kings expected when they acquired him at the 2011 trade deadline.

Play of the Week: Carter among Kings' royalty

Thursday, 05.17.2012 / 12:23 PM / Play of the Week

Pete Jensen - Staff Writer

Jeff Carter
Center - LAK
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 7
SOG: 30 | +/-: 3
Jeff Carter was shipped to Hollywood in late February for a reason -- to vault one of the least productive goal-scoring teams in the NHL to greater heights.

But few imagined Carter would deliver a playoff performance the Los Angeles Kings haven't seen since the glory days of Wayne Gretzky.

Carter scored three goals to become the first Kings player since Gretzky in 1993 to score a hat trick in a playoff game as the Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

Kovalchuk puts exclamation point on series win

Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 9:00 AM / Play of the Week

Ilya Kovalchuk
Left Wing - NJD
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 12
SOG: 35 | +/-: -3

Ilya Kovalchuk made an impact on the New Jersey Devils' second-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers both when he was in and out of the lineup, so it's only fitting the final goal that sunk the Flyers' comeback hopes and advanced the Devils into the Eastern Conference Finals came off of the stick of the Russian superstar.

Game 5 at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night saw the Devils clinging to a 2-1 lead early in the third period when Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk was sent off for holding at the 4:56 mark. Off the ensuing faceoff, Adam Henrique collected the puck in the left circle and sent it back to the point for a drive by Kovalchuk that whistled past Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. It took all of four seconds for the Devils to strike, and the insurance tally took whatever life was remaining out of the home crowd.

Play of the Week: Gaborik finally ends OT marathon

Friday, 05.04.2012 / 9:00 AM / Play of the Week

David Kalan - Staff Writer

Every spring the Stanley Cup Playoffs feature numerous games in which 60 minutes simply aren't enough to determine a winner, but far rarer are the games that become marathons etched into the memories of fans not just of the two teams on the ice, but the sport as a whole.

As the late hours of Wednesday turned into Thursday morning, it became clear that Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals would be that first sprawling epic for the 2012 postseason.

By the time it ended, NBCSN announcer Mike Emrick noted that three playoff games were played Wednesday night -- and two of them were in Washington's Verizon Center. But as the game stretched on, there seemed to be a feeling that it might never end, not because the teams were slowing down or the hockey was getting sloppy, but because neither team would relent. From start to finish of the game's 114-plus minutes, this was a display of quality chances, hard, clean hitting, rubber meeting iron and superb goaltending.

Play of the Week: Knuble, Ward team for OT heroics

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 11:09 AM / Play of the Week

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Mike Knuble has played in many Stanley Cup Playoff games, but the 39-year-old forward wasn't in the lineup for the first three games of the Washington Capitals' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Boston Bruins.

He might only have earned a sweater for Game 4 because of a suspension to Nicklas Backstrom, but he made a key play in overtime to help the Caps eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champs Wednesday in Game 7 and advance to the second round.

Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg tried to send the puck into the Washington zone from near the right wall, but Knuble got in the way. He chased after the puck and went in almost a direct line to the Boston net.

Play of the Week: Boedker's first OT goal turns tide

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 2:12 PM / Play of the Week

Pete Jensen - Staff Writer

In the blink of an eye, Mikkel Boedker turned the tide of the series.

Boedker's sharp-angle goal 13:15 into overtime Tuesday lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a thrilling 3-2 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 at United Center. All five games of this wild Western Conference Quarterfinals series have been decided in the extra session, and Boedker has done the damage in Games 3 and 4 with overtime winners in each contest to put Phoenix in the driver's seat.

While both of Boedker's overtime goals were crucial moments in this eventful series, the Game 3 winner earned the first postseason Play of the Week honor because it set the tone for Phoenix in enemy territory. Boedker, nearly parallel with the goal line after fetching the puck, fired a wrister through the legs of Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford to give the Coyotes a 2-1 edge in what has been an unpredictable, back-and-forth series.



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