Ville Leino joined a very short and distinguished list on Sunday when he scored 4:43 into overtime to lift Philadelphia to a 5-4 win over Buffalo, forcing a Game 7 on Tuesday night.
Only four of the Griffins’ 117 NHL alumni (100 of which are forwards or defensemen) have ever scored an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pavol Demitra performed the feat first on May 10, 1999, tallying 2:43 into the extra session to give St. Louis a 3-2 win over Dallas.
Next up was Todd White, whose goal at 2:25 of double overtime gave Ottawa a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders – that is not a misprint; the Islanders were once competitive – on April 14, 2003. Check out the 33-second mark of this video.
Most significant, of course, was Darren Helm, who scored at 3:58 of overtime on May 27, 2009 to propel the Red Wings to a 2-1 series-clinching triumph over Chicago, advancing Detroit to its second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. Click here to relive that magical moment.
Today’s Griffins links:
- Bob McNamara talks hockey on Sports OT (WOOD TV8)
- Red Wings remove Jordan Pearce from ‘Black Aces,’ assign him back to Griffins (MLive)
Alumni news and notes:
- Leino scores in OT as Flyers force Game 7 (NHL)
- Video: Ville Leino 1-on-1 (TSN)
- Wings goalie Jimmy Howard earned his break (Detroit News)
- Red Wings’ Valterri Filppula putting up playoff points (Detroit Free Press)
- Red Wings’ Darren Helm spends first-round series vs. Coyotes delivering big hits (MLive)
- Big play Kronwall (Red Wings)
Video – NHL alumni goal: