Brock McGinn's double-overtime goal sent both the Carolina Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference Second Round and social media into delirium.
NHL players went crazy for the Hurricanes' stunning 4-3, double-overtime win that eliminated the defending Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round.
McGinn's brother Jamie, a forward in the Florida Panthers organization, was pretty excited for the biggest goal of his sibling's career.
Justin Williams, known as Mr. Game 7 for his 8-1 record in win-or-go-home games, picked up the primary assist on McGinn's game winner. New Jersey Devils goalie Eddie Lack each predicted that Williams would score the game-winning goal, while Philadelphia Flyers forward Justin Bailey, Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, and ex-teammates Alec Martinez and Tanner Pearson tweeted their amazement at his continued Game 7 success.
Aaron Ward, who won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006, apparently picked the Capitals to win the series but had no problem being wrong to watch his former club advance.
Carolina will play the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Second Round, and Islanders goalie Robin Lehner posted shortly after McGinn's game winner.
The Hurricanes became the fourth wild-card team to stun the hockey world and advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their win specifically satisfied the Dallas Stars, who upset the Nashville Predators in the first round.