List of Stanley Cup Final overtime series winners
The following is a list of players who scored the game-winning goal in an overtime period of the Stanley Cup Finals playoff series. In the history of the National Hockey League, there have been 17 series which have ended on a game-winning goal in overtime. What follows is a list of goal scorers, the team that won the Stanley Cup as a result of the goal, the year in which it occurred, the game in the series in which it took place, the overtime period it happened in, the time of the goal, and the opposing goaltender who allowed the winning goal.
Overtime Series Winners
- The 1933 and 1934 winner ended a series which was only a Best-of-Five series.
- The 1951 winner by Bill Barilko was his last goal ever. He died the following summer.
- Gerry McNeil is the only goaltender in history to have allowed two Cup-winning overtime goals, in 1951 and 1954.
- Twice in Stanley Cup history has a team won the Stanley Cup on an overtime series winner one season, and then lost the same way the next season. The Montreal Canadiens won the 1953 Stanley Cup in overtime, only to lose it the following year to Detroit. The Dallas Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup on a controversial overtime goal, only to lose it the following year to New Jersey.
- The Red Wings have the distinction of being the only franchise ever to win the Stanley Cup in overtime in Game 7 of the series. They've actually accomplished this feat twice in both 1950 and 1954.
- The longest drought between Stanley Cup overtime series winners is 16 years, from 1980 to 1996.
- While only seven of the 16 overtime series winning goals have been scored by the visiting team, from 1996 to 2010, four consecutive overtime Cups were won by the road team. The streak was broken in 2014 by the Los Angeles Kings. The seven road winners took place in: 1940, 1966, 1977, 1996, 1999, 2000, and 2010.
- Bobby Orr, Bill Barilko, Uwe Krupp, and Alec Martinez are the only defensemen to score overtime series winners for the Stanley Cup.
- The Montreal Canadiens have been involved in six of the 16 Cup-winning overtime goals, winning four times and losing twice.
- Of the 16 Cup-winning overtime goals, 11 have been scored by Canadian-born players, three by American-born players ( Pete Babando, Patrick Kane and Alec Martinez), and two by European-born players (Bob Nystrom and Uwe Krupp). Brett Hull was born in Canada, although he played internationally for the USA (he has dual American-Canadian citizenship).
- Eight of the 16 goals were scored with less than five minutes elapsed in overtime, two others within the first ten minutes. Four goals were scored in the second overtime and two in the third overtime of the deciding game.