Throughout the summer, www.PittsburghPenguins.com will periodically present a PNC Wealth Management "Legendary Moment" from the PNC Legends Level Suites at CONSOL Energy Center. Each display features an incredible moment from Penguins history, complete with a description, photos and actual keepsakes from the event.
GOING OVERTIME IN GAME 7 May 10, 2001
It doesn't get much more dramatic than winning Game 7 of a playoff series in overtime.
The only time it’s happened in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins was Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals against Buffalo – and the Penguins, as underdogs, were on the road.
Anyone trying to predict an OT goal-scorer that night would have gone for one of the spectacular talents on the roster – Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Kovalev, Martin Straka. Almost no one would have selected a hard-nosed, bone-crunching, stay-at-home defenseman from Lithuania named Darius Kasparaitis.
But the hockey gods have a sense of humor. So naturally it was Kasparaitis – three goals in the regular season, one goal before this in his playoff career – who fired the decisive shot that ended the series and sent the Penguins to the Eastern Conference Finals.
His wrist shot from the left circle past Dominik Hasek at 13:01 of overtime set off a wild celebreation that saw Kasparaitis belly-flop to the ice – kicking his feet in the air – as his teammates mobbed him. Penguins 3, Sabres 2.
Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center: