NHL Network analysts have selected their favorite games of the 2011-12 regular season, and now those contests will all be re-aired this Saturday as part of the NHL Network Fan Vote: Experts' Picks.
Beginning at 8 a.m. ET, Mike Johnson, E.J. Hradek, Craig Button and Dan Rosen will provide fans with their favorite games of last season, including the 2012 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic in Philadelphia and Sam Gagner's unforgettable eight-point night in Edmonton.
In what was likely the wildest game of the season, the Jets and Flyers combined to score 17 goals at Wells Fargo Center. Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd won it for his club when he broke an 8-8 tie with just 1:06 remaining in regulation.
The Stars' hot start to the 2011-12 regular season continued as Loui Eriksson's second goal of the night came at 3:55 of overtime to lift Dallas past the Avalanche in a back-and-forth affair at American Airlines Center. With the win, the Stars improved to 6-1-0 on home ice.
Sidney Crosby returned to action in dramatic fashion, as he ruined Isles goalie Anders Nilsson's NHL debut with two goals and two assists at Consol Energy Center. Crosby needed just 5:24 to score his first goal of the season.
The 2012 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park was a smashing success, and one that saw the Rangers rally from an early 2-0 deficit. Mike Rupp tied it for New York at 2:41 of the third period before Brad Richards tallied what proved to be the game-winner less than three minutes later.
In a rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks got some revenge as Cody Hodgson had a goal and an assist and Vancouver went 4-for-11 on the power play to beat Boston at TD Garden. Massachusetts native Cody Schneider picked up the win in his first NHL start in his home state.
This was a night Sam Gagner won't ever forget, as the Oilers center remarkably racked up eight points (four goals, four assists) to lead his club past the Blackhawks at Rexall Place. Gagner became the 11th player in League history to tally eight points in a game and the first in more than two decades.
The Red Wings extended their win streak at Joe Louis Arena to 22 games as Pavel Datsyuk broke a 1-1 tie with just 5.8 seconds remaining in regulation to beat the Predators. With the victory, Detroit matched the streak of 22 straight home wins by the Boston Bruins of 1929-30 and '30-31.
Mike Smith made history as he stopped all 54 shots he faced as the Coyotes blanked the Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena. It was the third straight shutout for Smith, who broke Craig Anderson's NHL record (53) for most saves in a shutout in the regular season.
Needing a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Sabres rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and saved their season when Derek Roy scored on the power play 3:29 into overtime at First Niagara Center. The win allowed Buffalo to pull even with Washington for eighth place in the Eastern Conference at 88 points apiece.