The shootout has been a controversial part of the game since its introduction in 2005. Some think it is just a skills competition that isn’t fair for both teams, while others support it. No matter the opinion, the shootout has its great moments. What are your favorite moments?
Note: The following list is in no particular order
Flyers Clinch 2010 Playoff Spot
The Flyers 2010 playoff run was a very memorable one at the least. The 3-0 comeback against Boston is the thing that is most talked about during that run, but what is not brought up much is how they got to the playoffs. In game 82, the playoffs were just about set, but at least one more had to be decided. A playoff spot would go to the winner of this Flyers-Rangers matchup with both teams having 86 points. After 60 minutes of play, the game headed to overtime, where the Rangers played very conservatively for 5 minutes in hopes to go to the shootout. They knew the Flyers weak spot was shootouts, and with Henrik Lundqvist in net, they had an even better chance to win.
In the first round, the Flyers chose Danny Briere to shoot first against Lundqvist. Briere made a quick stickhandle with the puck, went to his forehand, and quickly shot it past Lundqvist’s glove. The Rangers first chose Erik Christensen, who skated in and took a quick snapshot that went off Brian Boucher’s blocker and into the corner.
Captain Mike Richards was chosen next to shoot for the Flyers. He skated directly at Lundqvist and took a snapshot off his blocker. New York’s next shooter was P.A. Parentau, who swung to the left, came in tight, and chipped it into the net against a spread-eagle Boucher.
A young Claude Giroux took the puck the next round, slowed up as he got closer to Lundqvist, and took a wrist shot that got past the left pad and into the net. New York needed a goal to stay alive and put Olli Jokinen on the spot to do just that. Jokinen picked up the puck with speed, made a small forehand-backhand move, but he put the puck right into Boucher’s pads. Boucher immediately celebrated with his team, and they were headed to the playoffs where history was set to be made.
Panthers-Capitals Longest Shootout Ever
This shootout was so long, teams had to repeat players just to keep it going. In total, the shootout lasted nearly as long as another full period of play. Nobody scored until the 4th round, when Alex Ovechkin shot the puck past Roberto Luongo with Jussi Jokinen tying it back up with a Forsberg-like move against Braden Holtby.
Brooks Laich of the Capitals made a quick backhand that squeaked behind Luongo in the 7th round only to be matched with the wrist shot of Dave Bolland. In the 10th round, Joel Ward snapped a shot that found the net while Derek MacKenzie successfully tried the same thing on the other side of the ice.
John Carlson was chosen next for Washington who netted a high wrister only to once again have the Panthers and Sean Bergenheim backhand the puck into the net. No goals were scored again until the 17th round on a backhand-forehand deke by Brooks Orpik. In response, Dylan Olsen successfully scored on a wrist shot which had Holtby looking dumbfounded.
Finally, in the 20th round, the shootout winner came off the stick of Nick Bjugstad, who faked a shot that Holtby bit on and wristed home a top-shelf goal to seal the game.
Maple Leafs-Senators First NHL Shootout
The first ever regular season NHL shootout took place in Toronto on October 5, 2005, between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of the season. The first 65 minutes of play ended with a score of 2-2, which meant the newly-adopted shootout would occur for the first time. Ottawa shot first with a lineup of Daniel Alfredsson, Martin Havlat, and Dany Heatley against Ed Belfour. Toronto’s lineup was Jason Allison, Eric Lindros, and Jeff O’Neill against Dominik Hasek.
The first attempt by Alfredsson was a successful wrist shot low past Belfour’s left pad. Allison’s attempt came too close to the net and was poked by Hasek to keep the Senators ahead. In the next round, Havlat was stopped by the stick of Belfour, who stood up straight in a successful stop. Havlat’s counterpart, Lindros, fired the puck high over the net and off the glass on his turn.
Dany Heatley sealed the deal for Ottawa on a shot just like the one Alfredsson took, as he fired a low wrist shot past the left pad of Belfour ending the game 3-2.
Andrew Ostrosky is a writer and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reporter for Good Night, Good Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @HockeyGuyFromSL.