Welcome to “My Favorite Goal,” a regular feature from NBC Sports where our writers, personalities and NHL players remember the goals that have meant the most to them. These goals have left a lasting impression and there’s a story behind each one.
In today’s edition, Tomas Hertl beams about Barclay Goodrow scoring the Game 7 overtime-winner for the Sharks against the Golden Knights, capping a wild end to that first-round series from the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
As with all of the goals from this feature, there are a ton of remarkable details. Goodrow had mostly been planted to the Sharks’ bench during this Game 7. After the Sharks made a stunning, controversial, and rule-changing comeback, Goodrow finally got his chance, and nailed it.
With a lot of these entries, we marvel at how much changed from decades ago.
It hasn’t even been a year since Goodrow’s Game 7 OT goal, yet you can marvel at the changes that have occurred since:
- The Sharks surprisingly tumbled from contenders to cellar dwellers in the West.
- Peter DeBoer went from hugging people on the Sharks bench to coaching San Jose’s Game 7 opponent, the Golden Knights.
- Goodrow is no longer with the Sharks, either, after being traded to the Lightning.
- Joe Pavelski also left the Sharks in free agency, while Cody Eakin was traded to the Jets. So even the players involved in the major penalty have changed places.
Pretty stunning, and yet it takes nothing away from Goodrow’s Game 7 OT goal.