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06-16-2010, 08:01 PM
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Greatest game in NHL history

I've noticed that there isn't really a consensus choice for greatest game in NHL history. In the NFL, the 1958 Colts-Giants final is the unofficial greatest game ever, and the 1976 Celtics-Suns 3OT finals game is likewise for the NBA. It seems like the most celebrated games in hockey history tend to be international: the '72 Summit Series, the Miracle on Ice, the '87 Canada Cup, etc. Are there any games you think are good choices for greatest game in NHL history and why?

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I may be biased, but I think one could make a case for Game 7 of the 1994 Finals. The Rangers ending their drought, the infamous SI cover, and just the general feeling about hockey at the time. The fact that the game itself wasn't so bad doesn't hurt either.

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Best I ever saw was 1984 Islanders/Rangers game 5 of the first round best of 5 series.

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Best Games

That I saw.

1961 Semi - finals,March 26,1961, Montreal at Chicago. Game 3. 3OT.Hawks win on Murray Balfour's goal. Great goaltending Hall / Plante. 1961 SC winner vs 5 time SC winner. Near flawless overall play by both teams.

1971 Opening round,April 8,1971, Montreal at Boston. Game 2. Down 5-1 late in the 2nd period, Canadiens rally to win 7-5. Classic young champions vs old champs taking advantage of the slightest opportunity to comeback and win.

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Best GAME I've ever seen was Game 2 of the 1987 Canada Cup final, but that wasn't NHL. I guess my favorite would be Oilers vs Islanders, game 1 of the Oilers first cup. But obviously, I'm biased.

The game Gretzky got 50 in 39 was pretty awesome too - mostly because of Gretzky, but it was also a very close, hard fought match. Again, I'm biased.

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06-17-2010, 05:25 AM
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This is a stupid response, but I thought the world junior game, where Canada and the Soviet Union got ejected from the tournament was something else entirely.

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G1 1992 SC Finals

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Best GAME I've ever seen was Game 2 of the 1987 Canada Cup final, but that wasn't NHL.
^This.

Not the NHL, but the greatest hockey game I have ever seen.

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That Gretzky/Lemieux finals game 7 in 1993 that the Islanders ****ed up.

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Montreal vs The Red Army...NYE 1975

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That Gretzky/Lemieux finals game 7 in 1993 that the Islanders ****ed up.
I dunno, if you need seven games to take down a team that's 32 points below you, i don't like the odds of taking down a Montreal team that was playing the way they were.

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I dunno, if you need seven games to take down a team that's 32 points below you, i don't like the odds of taking down a Montreal team that was playing the way they were.
Not mention Gretzky was only there because Kerry Fraser screwed over the Leafs...

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I may be biased, but I think one could make a case for Game 7 of the 1994 Finals. The Rangers ending their drought, the infamous SI cover, and just the general feeling about hockey at the time. The fact that the game itself wasn't so bad doesn't hurt either.
Not a bad choice, although I think my personal favorite would be Game 7 in the 1994 Conference Finals Rangers vs Devils. I also enjoyed the Canucks vs Flames Game 7 in 94 as well.

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Capitals' lone road win in Oakland near the end of their disastrous debut season. I listened to that one in NY on the Washington station until 1 a.m. or so with the time difference. Hated for my Seals to lose to the Caps but could certainly relate to a losing team having a nightmarish season...

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Not mention Gretzky was only there because Kerry Fraser screwed over the Leafs...
If one blown call is the difference in a seven-game series, you didn't have a chance to begin with.

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Game 7 1950 stanley cup final.

Game 6 1964 Cup finals.

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If one blown call is the difference in a seven-game series, you didn't have a chance to begin with.
That's not necessarily true. A seven-game series can still be won by one goal. It's not like tennis where you need to build up a lead to win.

That being said, Fraser's call was in game six. There's nothing to say the Leafs would have won either of those games.


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As an Oilers fan it pains me to suggest this one...
The Miracle on Manchester in 1982.

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Game One, SCF, 1983. NYI vs. Oilers, Northlands Coliseum.

Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Andersson, Coffey & Co. pouring it on the then three-time defending Cup champs, who were playing without Mike Bossy and executed a rope-a-dope for essentially 60 minutes.

Isles counter-punched for one goal and held on for 59 minutes until sealing it with an empty netter.

Two truly great teams, at their best.

Billy Smith earned his way into the Hockey Hall of Fame that night. No joking.


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What about in baseball?

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What about in baseball?
That Twins game 7 win in the World Series where Jack Morris went the distance ranks up there for me. However as a Red Sox fan, game 7 versus the Yankees to complete the improbable comeback may do it for me too.

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That I saw.

1961 Semi - finals,March 26,1961, Montreal at Chicago. Game 3. 3OT.Hawks win on Murray Balfour's goal. Great goaltending Hall / Plante. 1961 SC winner vs 5 time SC winner. Near flawless overall play by both teams.

1971 Opening round,April 8,1971, Montreal at Boston. Game 2. Down 5-1 late in the 2nd period, Canadiens rally to win 7-5. Classic young champions vs old champs taking advantage of the slightest opportunity to comeback and win.
That 1961 game was probably the greatest game that I wished I had seen. I was 14 at the time and a diehard Hawk fan. Unfortunately, where I lived at the time we couldn't pick up a channel that showed the Montreal game so I was stuck with the Leafs.

As you say, that game seemed to have everything. A late tieing goal by Montreal. An overtime goal by Habs called back because of a high stick & the dramatic Balfour goal in OT 3. Plus the Toe blake run onto the ice to take a swing at the referee.

The second game in the seies was also a barnburner with litzenberger scoring the winner late for a Hawk win.

People don't realize what a huge upset that series was. Powehouse first place Habs going for their 6th straight cup against the unheralded Blackhawks. A pity no copies of those games exist as it is a forgotten series..

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06-20-2010, 09:07 PM
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That 1961 game was probably the greatest game that I wished I had seen. I was 14 at the time and a diehard Hawk fan. Unfortunately, where I lived at the time we couldn't pick up a channel that showed the Montreal game so I was stuck with the Leafs.

As you say, that game seemed to have everything. A late tieing goal by Montreal. An overtime goal by Habs called back because of a high stick & the dramatic Balfour goal in OT 3. Plus the Toe blake run onto the ice to take a swing at the referee.

The second game in the seies was also a barnburner with litzenberger scoring the winner late for a Hawk win.

People don't realize what a huge upset that series was. Powehouse first place Habs going for their 6th straight cup against the unheralded Blackhawks. A pity no copies of those games exist as it is a forgotten series..
Very unfortunate that the TV copies were not kept.

The goaltending was incredible throughout.The 1960-61 Blackhawks had played the Canadiens tough all season. They were the only team that had the depth and variety at center - Hay, Mikita,Sloan and Litzenberger to match the Canadiens with enough variety and speed on the wings to support the defense. Also the Hawks had a veteran defense that surpassed itself in the playoffs with Evans and St. Laurent having incredible runs especially against Detroit when they realized it may be their last chance to win the cup.

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I know we are supposed to get all nostalgic in this thread but Game 7 Philly Boston this year was insane.


After the Flyers clawed their way back from 3-nil this game was on every bodys radar.


Boston jump out to a 3 goal lead and you figure it's over but Philly scores a quick goal and then grind away at Boston for 2 periods until they are back in the lead.


That was a great hockey game.

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If we're just talking NHL games I would nominate two that have yet to be mentioned:

1987 - Round 1 - Islanders - Capitals - Game 7 - The Easter Epic, with Pat LaFontaine beating Bob Mason late into the night. Hrudey was brilliant for the Isles.

1989 - Round 1 - Flames - Canucks - Game 7 - The only thing that marred this game is that Joel Otto's game winner late in the first OT should have been disallowed because he kicked it in. If Mike Vernon ever gets into the HHoF, this game will be the biggest reason why. He made at least two gigantic season saving stops in OT, without the Flames are still Cupless as an organization.

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