Kyle Turris had no choice but to end Game 5 on Saturday with a game-winning goal. He had a prior engagement to attend.
The Ottawa Senators forward scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat the New York Rangers and take a 3-2 series in the Eastern Conference Second Round, then, just hours later, Turris was at the end-of-season banquet for the Capital City Condors.
The Condors are a youth hockey program that enables developmentally disabled kids in Ontario to play hockey. Turris has served as the Condors honorary captain since taking over for former Senators defenseman Matt Carkner in 2012.
The Senators forced overtime in Game 5 on Derick Brassard's goal with 1:26 in the third period, making Turris late for the banquet. But at least his young fans knew what he was up to -- specifically giving Ottawa a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Turris is scheduled to host the sixth-annual Kyle Turris & Capital City Condors Golf Classic at Marshes Golf Club in Kanata on June 5. But if he keeps scoring big goals, Turris and the Senators could be in the Stanley Cup Final that day, which might create an unavoidable conflict.