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Joe Sakic and His Overtime Magic

November 11th, 2012 at 11:10 PM
By Jake Green

In honor of Joe Sakic, who goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, here is the list lf his NHL record eight playoff overtime goals. All goals came after the team moved from Quebec.

1. 4/25/1996, Western Conference Quarterfinals versus Vancouver. After the teams had split the first four games, game five turned into crazy game. Both Sakic and Canucks' captain Trevor Linden had hat tricks, but Sakic got the last laugh. At 51 seconds, Sakic got the pass from Sandis Ozolinsh against the boards and fired a bad angle shot past Corey Hirsch, winning the game 5-4.

2. 5/8/1996 Western Conference Semifinals versus Chicago. A series may be more famous for banter between Patrick Roy and Jeremy Roenick, also featured four overtime games. The Blackhawks had won the first 2 overtime games. It took until 4:33 into the third overtime but Sakic found the back of the net on a redirection from a Alexei Gusarov shot-pass on the point. It was his second goal of the game.

3. 4/26/1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals versus Edmonton. In the last series that had Marc Crawford at the helm, the Avalanche built a 3-1 lead only to lose in game seven. Game three, however, was when Sakic struck again. He put the puck past Oilers goalie Curtis Joseph at 5:25 of the first extra period.

4. 5/21/01 Western Conference Finals versus St. Louis. This series had three straight overtime games. It was his goal in game five that sent Colorado to their second Stanley Cup final. He slid puck behind an out of position Brent Johnson only 24 seconds into extra time.

5 & 6. 4/28 and 5/1/2004 Western Conference Semifinals versus San Jose. Down three games to none, the Avs needed Burnaby Joe's overtime magic, not once but twice, to keep the series going. In a scoreless game four, Sakic took an advantage of a Sharks turnover and buried the puck behind goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Three days later, he took a no-look pass from Peter Forsberg, who was behind the net, and jammed home the puck to tie Maurice Richard's playoff overtime goal record.

7. 4/24/2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals versus Dallas. He broke the record against the Stars, one of Colorado's biggest playoff rivals. At 4:26 in the first overtime, John-Michael Liles took a shot from the point and Sakic tipped it in past Dallas goaltender Marty Turco. That was the year that all four lower seeds won their first round series in the West.

8. 4/9/2008 Western Conference Quarterfinals versus Minnesota. It only took one game for Sakic to get his last playoff overtime goal. On a shot from Ruslan Salei (RIP), he backhanded the rebound past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom at 11:11 of the first overtime.

Congratulations to Joe Sakic on getting inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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