Tag: Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments

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Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments: Horton beats the Habs


From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.

Here’s No. 7 — Nathan Horton scoring an overtime game-winner in Game 7 of the Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins series.

The beauty and agony of the playoffs is that the margin between victory and defeat can be paper-thin. The Bruins’ Stanley Cup run is a great testament to that as they needed three Game 7 victories (and one sweep) to win it all, but one could argue that Montreal had them on the ropes the most. So ponder all the “What ifs?” while watching Horton’s OT-winner in Game 7 of the tight first round series:

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“Just getting to the playoffs is all I was really thinking about. This has been a dream come true,” Horton said. “I’m really enjoying it. I’m enjoying it more every day.”

Horton spent the first six seasons of his career with the Florida Panthers, which obviously means that this was the first playoff series of his NHL days. Up until that point, Horton hadn’t been very effective in that series – aside from another OT goal – but he would go on to score another Game 7-winner to launch the Bruins into the Stanley Cup finals. That made this Claude Julien quote quite the prediction:

“He’s been saving it for seven years, right?” Julien said. “So he had a lot of game-winning goals in him.”

Sadly, all indications are that Horton won’t have a chance to conjure more magic in this year’s playoffs because of concussion issues that began in that same magical run.


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Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments: Philly stays alive

Philadelphia Flyers' Leino scores the game winning goal in overtime of Game 6 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey game in Buffalo, New York
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From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.

Here’s No. 10 — the Philadelphia Flyers staying alive in their opening playoff series against Buffalo with a comeback victory in OT.

Heading into Game 6 of their series with Buffalo down three games to two, the Flyers knew they couldn’t fall behind early.

But that’s exactly what they did.

The seventh-seeded Sabres scored twice in the first nine minutes and carried a 4-3 lead into the third period, and it looked as though No. 2 seed Philly was done — until Scott Hartnell broke out of his slump to score his first goal of the series:

Hartnell’s goal forced overtime, and one of the most unforgettable finishes of the 2011 postseason:

Ville Leino scored at 4:43 of the first overtime period to keep the Flyers alive and push the series to Game 7 — which Philly would win, 5-2.

“I’ve been through some pretty wild and crazy games through my career,” Daniel Briere said following the epic Game 6. “And today was one of them, the roller-coaster ride that it was.

“My heart definitely skipped a few beats today.”

Check back daily for the latest installment of PHT’s Top 10 moments of the 2011 playoffs.