Rickard Rakell appeared on top of the world when he scored the game-winning goal 5:12 into overtime to give the Ducks a dramatic 5-4 victory in Game 3 in Winnipeg. In case you missed it (and even if you've already watched it again and again), here's that goal:
But few people outside of the city of Plymouth, Michigan know this isn't the first time Rakell has scored a big playoff overtime game-winner. Pete Krupsky, the Director of Communications and Community Relations for the former Plymouth Whalers (which recently became the Flint Firebirds) of the Ontario Hockey League, reminds us that Rakell had a mammoth one for them exactly two years ago yesterday.
On April 21, 2013, a then 19-year-old Rakell scored at 10:06 of double overtime to give the Whalers a 4-3 win over the London Knights (Corey Perry's former team) in Game 2 of the OHL Western Conference Finals. A few months later, the former first round pick (30th overall) made his debut with the Ducks, going without a goal in 18 regular season games, but scoring his first NHL goal in a Game 5 victory over Dallas in the First Round.
Here's a look back at Rakell in that game with Plymouth as well as during a more relaxed time: