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Wildest ending to a hockey game ever!

January 5, 2007

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This is simply the greatest most-amazing end to a hockey game I’ve seen in a long time.

The NHL Edmonton Oilers are down to the Dallas Stars 5-4 Thursday night at home in the last minute, and need a miracle. They pull their goalie for an extra skater, then accidentally turn the puck over to a Stars’ defenseman, Patrik Stefan, who walks in on the empty goal to seal the win….

Or so you thought! What happens next is unbelievable (see the video here or in flash below).

Here’s the game story from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:

The Stars appeared to have the game in the bag with (Patrik) Stefan five feet from shovelling the puck into an empty net with eight seconds left in the third period, but he somehow overskated the puck.

Before you could spell horseshoes, Ales Hemsky was rolling in on (Stars’ goalie) Marty Turco after a nice feed from Ryan Smyth (his fourth point of the night) and Hemsky deked him to tie it 5-5 with two seconds left to send it to overtime.

“I can laugh about it now. The guys were giving it to me,” said Stefan. “I’m sure it will be on all the (TV) highlights.”

In the shootout, Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen beat Dwayne Roloson while Hemsky and Petr Sykora failed to score against Turco, running the Stars’ shootout record over the last year and a half to 16-2. They lost one in Vancouver on Wednesday, but not this night, much to Stefan’s delight.

“We were bestowed a miracle,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “I’ve never seen anything like it (Stefan missing as he did on the free shot) in my entire life. It would have been nice to come in here and talk about winning the game in the shootout, but at least we turned a disaster into a debacle.”

“I thought I’d seen everything, but this was one for the decades. An unbelievable last 10 seconds,” said Turco, who watched Hemsky fly in and expertly slide the puck past him. “The fans were roaring. It was probably as loud in this building as it was in the playoffs last spring.”

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  1. January 5, 2007 10:01 am

    If only they had won the game in overtime. Still, that is a cool story. The Pens have had some pretty amazing game endings in the past with the goalie pulled, especially when Lemieux was playing.

  2. January 8, 2007 10:11 pm

    highlight real for life

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