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Top overtime moments of 2017-18 season discussed by NHL.com writers

NHL Network to unveil own list on 'Top Shelf' countdown

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The 2017-18 NHL season had its share of incredible overtime moments during the regular season and in Stanley Cup Playoffs. From the eventual Stanley Cup champions saving their season with an overtime goal in the first round to a pair of NHL legends combining for their last career goal in overtime, there were countless memories made this season.

NHL Network will take a look at many of them on "Top Shelf: 2017-18 Overtime Moments," which premieres Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Before NHL Network unveils its list, NHL.com staff writers offer their picks for the top overtime moments of this season.

 

Amalie Benjamin, staff writer

Sure, all the overtime moments in the Stanley Cup Playoffs meant more to their teams and more to the season than the one that happened at TD Garden in Boston on Jan. 15. But I'm a sucker for a good revenge story, and Tyler Seguin and the Boston Bruins is one of the best. The latest installment in the Bruins' tale of regret came when Seguin provided the game-winner for the Dallas Stars against the team that traded him in 2013 -- and did it in brilliant fashion, making his way from the left wall, working his way around three defenders and waiting just long enough to beat goaltender Anton Khudobin for the win. The Bruins, of course, fell one point and one overtime win short of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division at the end of the season. I'd call that sweet revenge.

Video: DAL@BOS: Seguin makes nifty deke, nets OT winner

 

Nick Cotsonika, columnist

You had to blink, squint and look twice. Did that really happen? In the final home game for Vancouver Canucks legends Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, was that Henrik who sent a saucer pass from the right-wing corner to the point? Was that Daniel who settled the puck on his blade, took a slap shot and scored on the power play 2:33 into overtime, lifting the Canucks to a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes? No one could have scripted a better farewell at Rogers Arena on April 5. The twins were mobbed by their teammates as the fans roared. The Coyotes stayed on the ice to shake hands as if this were the end of a playoff series. The Sedins took a victory lap, raising their sticks, clapping their gloves. Instead of the Three Stars, the Sedins shared one.

Video: ARI@VAN: D. Sedin nets OT winner in last home game

 

Tom Gulitti, staff writer

The Washington Capitals' run to winning the Stanley Cup began with Lars Eller's goal 9:00 into the second overtime of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. After the Capitals lost the first two games at home in overtime, another OT loss in Game 3 probably would have ended any realistic hope they had of winning the best-of-7 series. The Capitals didn't think they got many breaks during the first two games, but they got one on Eller's goal, which he called "a real ugly OT winner goal." Although Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Brett Connolly's initial shot from the left circle with his glove, he dropped the puck in the crease. Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski tried to clear it away, but it went off Eller's left leg, then off Werenski's right leg and Eller's right skate before carrying over the goal line.

Video: WSH@CBJ, Gm3: Eller wins it in double overtime

 

Dan Rosen, senior writer

I can't and won't argue with Tom's assessment of Eller's goal. Without it, who knows what happens to Washington? I will add to it by saying I don't know what would have happened to the Capitals without Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-clinching overtime goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on May 7. That was the goal that got them over the hump against their biggest nemesis. Kuznetsov stopped the Penguins' rush by knocking the puck off Sidney Crosby's stick on the backcheck. Alex Ovechkin picked it up and started the rush the other way with Kuznetsov ahead of him. Ovechkin shoveled the puck up to Kuznetsov, who broke in alone, deked to his forehand, avoided Kris Letang's flying stick scored five-hole on Matt Murray and celebrated as if he were a bird. The Capitals joined him in a celebration that was as much about happiness as it was relief. They had knocked down the giant. They were finally halfway to the Stanley Cup.

Video: WSH@PIT, Gm6: Kuznetsov ends series with OT winner

 

Tracey Myers, staff writer

There's nothing like playoff overtime, especially if it goes more than one extra period. So I'm going with Vegas forward Erik Haula's goal 15:23 into the second overtime for a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round. Forward Alex Tuch made a sweet pass to Haula, who held off Kings forward Kyle Clifford and slipped the puck between the legs of goaltender Jonathan Quick to give Vegas a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. The Golden Knights dazzled us all season and in the playoffs. Haula's goal was just one more memorable moment.

Video: LAK@VGK, Gm2: Neal sets up Haula for double OT winner

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