2. Brock McGinn 2OT goal (2019, Game 7 of the First Round vs Washington)
This was the goal that made the Carolina Hurricanes relevant again.
After missing out on the playoffs for 9 consecutive years, the Hurricanes finally made it back. And in the first round, they drew the defending Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals.
After looking outclassed the first 2 games and trailing 2-0 in the series, few people had any hope left for the Hurricanes. But an overwhelming atmosphere at the PNC Arena in Raleigh helped the team claw their way back into the series, and eventually forced a Game 7 in Washington.
After falling behind 3-1 in the game, and looking like their unlikely run was coming to a halt, the Hurricanes persevered and tied the game at 3, and forced overtime. They controlled large portions of the 2 OT periods, and the game just had that feel that they wouldn’t be able to score and would undeserving lose. Until McGinn happened.
Mr. Game 7 Justin Williams lived up to the hefty name, and centered a puck that Brock McGinn tapped in to etch his name in the Hurricanes history books. Their first playoff series win in 10 years – in double overtime of Game 7 in the defending Champs’ home building.
If you’re a Canes fan and did wake up all you’re neighbours with your cheers, you did it wrong my friends. The NBC broadcast even couldn’t believe it; they went dead silent on-air for over 30 seconds, while the Hurricanes celebrated in an also dead-silent Caps arena.
An absolute stunner, and one of the biggest goals in the history of Hurricanes hockey.