David Backes | Blues vs Bruins (2009)
On January 19th, 2009, the Boston Bruins hosted the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden. At the time, the Bruins were atop the Eastern Conference standings, while the Blues were floundered near the bottom of their division. After Zdeno Chara put the Bruins up 4-2 late in the third period, it looked like the Blues were finished for the night. But, with just over a minute left, David Perron scored a powerplay goal to cut the deficit to one. That set up a frenetic end of the game, culminating in David Backes burying the tying goal with less than a second remaining in regulation. The Blues had completed the miraculous comeback and capped it off with a victory in the shootout.
Ales Hemsky | Oilers vs Stars (2007)
Easily one of the most shocking ends of regulation in hockey history. In January 2007, the Edmonton Oilers hosted a good Dallas Stars. The game itself was a high-scoring affair - at one point the Oilers led 4-1, before the Stars scored four unanswered to take a 5-4 lead with 12 minutes to go. Entering the final minute, Patrik Stefan, a former 1st overall draft pick for the stars, stole the puck and carried to towards the empty Oilers’ net for what would surely be the finishing blow. Instead, the next few moments would cement Stefan in hockey history. As he tried to put the game away, the puck jumped his sick out of nowhere. Trying to recover, Stefan actually fell down, gifting the Oilers a shocking breakaway in the other direction. The scene climaxed when Ales Hemsky buried the tying goal for the Oilers with just over 2 seconds left in regulation. Luckily for Stefan, the Stars would go on to win in OT.
Patrick Kane | Predators vs Blackhawks WCQF (2010)
On April 24th, 2010, the 2nd seeded Chicago Blackhawks hosted the 7th seeded Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarter-Finals match-up. The series was tied at two games apiece, making Game 5 crucial. Despite falling behind 3-1 early, the Preds stormed back to take a 4-3 lead late in the third period. After Marian Hossa picked up a late 5-minute major penalty, it looked like the Hawks were done. Miraculously, the Blackhawks managed to grab an errant turnover from the Predators late, setting up a shocking finish that culminated in Patrick Kane tapping home the tying goal on a rebound with only 14 seconds remaining. In OT, Hossa made amends for his earlier penalty, scoring the winning goal. The Hawks would of course go on to win the Stanley Cup that year, spurred in part by this miraculous comeback.
Matt Cooke | Flames vs Canucks WCQF (2004)
After an insane triple OT in Game 6, the 2004 WCQF between the Canucks and the Flames came down to the final moments in Game 7. After Jarome Iginla had given the Flames the lead late in the third period, the Canucks looked prime to tie the game when a late power play gifted them a big man advantage. All of that hope looked misguided however, when a high-sticking penalty negated the powerplay with less than a minute remaining. With the goalie pulled, a missed opportunity on the empty net by Iginla led to an odd-man rush for Canucks’ captain Markus Naslund. While he was unable to capitalize on the backhand shot, it fell perfectly to Matt Cooke to buy the rebound, tying the game with under six seconds to play. Unfortunately for the Canucks, despite the epic comeback, they would go on to lose in OT.
Patrice Bergeron | Maple Leafs vs Bruins ECQF (2013)
Another Game 7. Another back-and-forth affair. In this one, despite jumping out to an early lead, the Bruins found themselves trailing 4-2 late in the third period to the Maple Leafs. Fortunately for the Bruins, a period of sustained pressure allowed them to score a third goal with just over a minute of game time remaining, giving them a glimmer of hope to send the game to overtime. Luckily for the Bruins, the combination of an amazing point shot from Patrice Bergeron and an incredible screen by Zdeno Chara gave the Bruins the miracle comeback they needed. The magic continued in OT as Bergeron scored again, sending the Bruins in the 2nd round.
Eric Staal | Hurricanes vs Devils ECQF (2009)
Down one goal with less than two minutes remaining and facing Martin Brodeur is not typically a recipe for success. But somehow, in Game 7 of the 2009 ECSF, the Hurricanes managed to beat the famous netminder not once but twice in the span of minute. First, Jussi Jokinen puried a one-timer to tie the game at three with just over a minute remaining. Instead of settling for OT, though, the Hurricanes’ Eric Staal went for the win, ripping a shot under Brodeur’s arm to complete the shocking comeback and sending the Hurricanes into the Conference Finals.
Chris Drury | Rangers vs Sabres ECSF (2007)
While there were many competitors, the top spot goes to Chris Drury’s famous goal in the final seconds of the Sabre’s ECSF game vs. the Rangers. Despite the two teams combining for 13 power plays, the game was still scoreless late in the third period. Martin Straka of the Rangers finally broke the tie with three minutes left to play. As time bled down to the final minute, it looked like the Sabres would go home empty-handed. With just 8 seconds left in the 3rd period, Chris Drury fired the puck from the face-off dot through a sea of bodies that somehow found the back of the net, causing the crowd to erupt. The Sabres would go on to win in OT on a goal off the stick of Maxim Afinogenov.