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Heroes - Role players known by a single goal

there has to be a better way of phrasing that title.

but the '89 flames thread and http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nh...enguins game 7 from grantland got me to thinking.

who are the role players where any mention of their name immediately calls to mind a specific goal. and where if you say "the [player's name] goal" everyone knows what you're talking about.

first two names that come to mind are dave volek and brad may. and stephane matteau.

i think maybe joel otto too, but that might be canucks fan-specific.

who are the others? steve smith kind of maybe counts...

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Pete Babando for the Wings for scoring the SC GWG in Game 7 OT in 1950.

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First named that leaped into my mind was Darren McCarty.

I know there was a lot of other things going on in this game in 1979 but if you mention the name Yvon Lambert I automatically think of Game 7 against the Bruins in overtime.

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Kind of stretching it, but maybe Paul Henderson's final tally with 34 seconds left...

Maybe Maxime Talbot's glove side goal on Osgood in game 7 of 2009 SCF...

Volek, May and Matteau all game immediately to mind, good call on them...

Maybe not memorable goals, but kind of milestone moments...Andrew Brunette ended Patrick Roy's career in the 2003 WCQF, game 7 OT. Darius Kasparaitis scored the game 7 OT winner on Dominik Hasek, the last goal he'd give up as a Sabre...then the famous swan dive down the length of the ice...

Daryl Evans capping the Miracle on Manchester, but again, more of a famous moment than a famous goal, per se...

How about Nystrom's goal at 7:11 of overtime...?

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Was Bob Nystrom too good to be deemed a "role player"? Because if not, then he might qualify.

Oh geez how about Paul Henderson? Try and think about anything else but 1972.

Edit: Ah, beat me to it. But seriously is Nystrom too good for a role player?

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I know the thread topic is specific, but I'm going stretch the parameters of the question to reference Martin Gelinas' '04 playoffs.

-Scored the series clincher versus the Canucks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

-Scored the series clincher versus the Red Wings in Game 6 of the Semi-finals.

In a cruel twist of fate he's probably most known for a "goal" he scored that didn't count. In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final he appeared to score what could have been the cup clinching goal late in the 3rd period. Which, undoubtedly, would have been his claim to fame as a hockey player.

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Pete Babando for the Wings for scoring the SC GWG in Game 7 OT in 1950.
Tony Leswick in 1954 as well, though they were both decent players.

How about Jamie Baker?

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henderson, absolutely.

nystrom, i say yes. i don't think the player even necessarily needs to be a depth player, or a forgettable one. just those two conditions: 1. that when anyone hears that player's name, everybody first thinks of one single goal; before any other single play or accomplishment of that player's career; and 2. when you say "the [player's name] goal" everyone knows what you mean. with nystrom, it's not the only thing you think of, but at least to me as a non-islanders fan it's certainly the first thing i associate with his name.

and that goal doesn't need to be a series winner, though i think every example given in this thread so far has been. doesn't need to be in OT, though again most of the ones mentioned have been. (but maybe max afinogenov or linas omark or robbie schrempf would be examples of guys who fall under this category, but for meaningless goals?)

me, i just think it's interesting that when you say volek or matteau or henderson, it's one single goal. that seems like a very special thing.

whereas i think uwe krupp fulfills the second criterion (we all know which goal the "uwe krupp goal" is), but not the first one; i'm not sure that we all think of that goal first when krupp's name comes up. it was in OT, it won a series (hell, the cup), but it was less than iconic.

and whereas alex burrows and greg adams scored two of the most iconic series-winning goals in canucks history. and when you say "the burrows goal" chances are it's the blackhawks one; with greg adams, you'd say "which one?" but when you say both guys' names, other things might come to mind.

i'm also curious whether there's a star player that this could apply to. i doubt it, because star players do so much in their careers, but maybe... i mean, before '93, lafontaine might have qualified for this thread.

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How about Kevin McClelland of Edmonton, a grinder/enforcer who scored the only goal in game 1 of the 1984 SC Finals? (He actually scored a goal again in the '88 Finals, but no one remembers it.)

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Jim Nill:
Double OT for Vancouver vs Chicago 1982

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Double OT for LA vs Vancouver 1993

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i'm also curious whether there's a star player that this could apply to. i doubt it, because star players do so much in their careers, but maybe... i mean, before '93, lafontaine might have qualified for this thread.
This is the goal I think of when I think of Mario Lemieux.





Gotta think Doug Gilmour's OT winner versus St. Louis in '93 would qualify too.



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Winger Mush March's Stanley Cup OT goal for the Hawks over the Wings in the 1934 finals made him into a 'clutch' performer, the first player to ever win the championship on an OT goal.



He also scored the first ever goal at the Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. He kept the puck and dropped it at the Gardens final game in 1999.

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Was Bob Nystrom too good to be deemed a "role player"? Because if not, then he might qualify.
Good question. I see him as a legit 2nd line player on most teams. Lots of speed, great timing, physical, but not a star. He played a significant role in the Isles success, but role player? Borderline maybe.

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Borderline maybe.
He was a serious checker & banger, full speed all the time. Machine. His skating skills werent actually the greatest coming out of Junior so he had to work on that but none the less, total gamer. Drop em against anyone and good for 20+ goals a season. Really gritty, quintessential Money Player so no, I wouldnt classify him as Borderline Role Player, but more as invaluable & integral part of the Islanders. He'd have been a keeper on any team, even Montreal.

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bill lindsay for florida

scored the goal against boston that won them their first series, only thing he have ever done though lol

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Modere "Mud" Bruneteau, Detroit Red Wings.

Scored the wining overtime goal in the longest game ever played in the NHL. It was in the 6th overtime period of a scoreless game between the Wings and Montreal Maroons in the 1936 SC playoffs.

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He was a serious checker & banger, full speed all the time. Machine. His skating skills werent actually the greatest coming out of Junior so he had to work on that but none the less, total gamer. Drop em against anyone and good for 20+ goals a season. Really gritty, quintessential Money Player so no, I wouldnt classify him as Borderline Role Player, but more as invaluable & integral part of the Islanders. He'd have been a keeper on any team, even Montreal.
Yeah, I agree. I see a similarity between Nystrom and the role Yvon Lambert played on those great Montreal teams. Consistent scoring, reliable, scoring big goals. However, Nystrom had more of the tenacity of Mario Tremblay. No fear.

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One could argue Lanny Mcdonald was a role player when he scored against habs in 1989-it was winning goal and his only goal of play-offs his final season

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Yvon Lambert against Boston.

Uwe Krupp in '96.

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