10 Best Hockey Goals
The 10 best hockey goals were a combination of skill and luck. Hockey players have a command over ice skating that most people do not possess. When you team up great skill with the speed of the game of ice hockey, you get the 10 best hockey goals ever.
- Bobby Orr (1970). In the 1970 NHL Stanley Cup finals against the St. Louis Blues, the Boston Bruins were ready to clinch the Cup in St. Louis in game four in St. Louis. Legendary Boston defenseman Bobby Orr took a pass in front of the net and put the puck behind goalie Glenn Hall. The subsequent picture of Orr flying through the air with his hands raised became one of the most famous sports pictures ever.
- Maurice "The Rocket" Richard (1945). In 1945, the NHL season was 50 games long. To that point, no one had ever scored 50 goals in a season. While playing in the 50th and final game of the 1944-1945 season for the Montreal Canadiens, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard scored his 50th goal and marked one of the most momentous seasons in hockey history.
- Wayne Gretzky (1982). On February 24, 1982, Wayne Gretzky scored his 77th goal of the season against goaltender Don Edwards of the Buffalo Sabres breaking the all-time single season scoring record of 76 held by Phil Esposito. Gretzky went on to score 92 goals that season.
- John Tavares (2008). In 2008, John Tavares scored one of the 10 best hockey goals ever while playing for the Canadian junior team in the world championships against Team Slovakia. While he was being pushed to the ice, Tavares tapped the puck into the air with his stick and then batted it into the net. It was an incredible display of hand-eye coordination.
- Mario Lemieux (1991). Mario Lemieux had many memorable goals, but the one that makes the list of 10 best hockey goals is the one he scored in the 1991 playoffs against the Minnesota North Stars. Lemieux stick-handled through two Minnesota defensemen and the goalie to put the puck in the net.
- Brad May (1993). The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins have had a rivalry for decades, but the Bruins had always gotten the best of the Sabres. In the 1993 playoffs, Sabre forward Brad May ended the series with Boston with a game winning overtime goal that Sabres fans will never forget.
- Alex Ovechkin (2006). Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has given hockey fans some of the most memorable goals in NHL history, but his goal in 2006 against the Phoenix Coyotes ranks as one of the greatest ever scored. While falling to his back, and in the corner of the rink, Ovechkin managed to slap the puck behind a confused Coyotes goaltender.
- Lanny McDonald (1989). Lanny McDonald desperately wanted to win the Stanley Cup before he retired, and it seemed like every NHL fan wanted him to win it to. It was only fitting that McDonald scored the Cup winning goal against the Montreal Canadians in his last game in the NHL.
- Patrick Kane (2010). Patrick Kane scored the goal that won the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup at the end of the 2009-2010 season, but for four or five minutes he was the only one that knew it. Kane put the puck in the top corner of the net and began celebrating. But neither the Philadelphia Flyers nor Kane's Chicago teammates were reacting along with him. The goal counted and the Hawks won the Cup.
- Brett Hull (1999). Brett Hull of the Dallas Stars scored the overtime winner in double overtime against the Buffalo Sabres in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, but it will always be referred to as "No Goal." Hull's skate was in the goal crease when he scored, which was against the rules at the time. The goal counted and Hull now lives in infamy.