With Joel Ward’s overtime winner against the Boston Bruins and two Game 7’s taking place in the NHL tonight, the daily gallery takes a look at Game 7 overtime heroes in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pavel Bure scored the Western Conference quarter-finals winner against the Calgary Flames in 1994 at 2:30 in the 2nd overtime to give the Canucks a 4-3 win.
Just over a minute into the 2nd overtime Steve Yzerman scored the OT winner against the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference semi-finals on May 16, 1996, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 win.
On May 4, 1999 St. Louis forward Pierre Turgeon gave the Blues the conference quarter-finals win with a goal in the dying minutes of overtime, downing the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0.
Darius Kasparitis (11, bottom) gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 series win over the Buffalo Sabres on May 10, 2001.
In 2003, Andrew Brunette shocked the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of their Western Conference quarter-final series, beating goalie Patrick Roy to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win.
Marty Gelinas ousted the Vancouver Canucks in the 2004 Western Conference quarter-finals 1:25 into overtime, giving the Flames a 3-2 series win.
Joffrey Lupul sent the Philadelphia Flyers to the 2008 Eastern Conference semi-finals with a goal six minutes into overtime, beating the Washington Capitals 3-2.
Carolina forward Scott Walker launched the Hurricanes into the 2009 Eastern Conference finals with a goal in the last 1:30 of overtime, ousting the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2.
After scoring the overtime winner in Game 5, Nathan Horton did the same in Game 7 of the Bruins’ Eastern Conference quarter-final series against Montreal in 2011, beating out the Canadiens by a score of 4-3.
Washington Capitals’ Joel Ward ended Boston’s hopes of repeating as Stanley Cup champions, ousting the Bruins in the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs.