Top 10 most bizarre NHL playoff moments

Canucks head coach Roger Neilson visually declared his disagreement with the officials by waving a...

Canucks head coach Roger Neilson visually declared his disagreement with the officials by waving a white towel on a hockey stick on the bench during a 1982 series.

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DID HE SCORE?

Year: 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6, Overtime, Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Patrick Kane scores for the Blackhawks in OT to win the Stanley Cup. Nobody except Kane realizes the puck went in the net and the delayed reaction by both teams is priceless.

BAT AND FOG ON ICE

Year: 1975 Stanley Cup Final, Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres

A bat finds its way into the arena and rather than staying up in the rafters, it finds its way to ice level causing complete chaos with the players. The Sabres’ Jim Lorentz finally smacks the bat out of the air with his stick, killing it. A deep fog rolled in minutes after the bat slaughtering; obstructing the game from fans and players. Play went on regardless, and the Sabres eventually won in OT.

WHITE TOWEL OF SURRENDER

Year: 1982 Playoffs, Game 2, Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Canucks head coach Roger Neilson visually declared his disagreement with the officials by waving a white towel on a hockey stick on the bench. The Canucks were suffering from a lopsided deficit and unfavourable calls by the officials. The gesture by Neilson was to wave the towel as a white flag of surrender. The Canucks would rebound from that game to defeat the Blackhawks.

LIGHTS OUT AT THE GARDEN

Year: 1988 Championship series, Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins

The Edmonton Oilers were going for a sweep of the Bruins in Game 4 of the 1988 championship series. Heavy fog started to roll in over the ice making in game visibility an issue, but then late in the second period the lights went out in the whole arena. The game would be postponed, and Edmonton was able to complete the sweep in a do-over game back at their place.

SEAN AVERY: THE PEST

Year: 2008, First round, Game 3, New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers

Sean Avery screens New Jersey Goaltender Martin Brodeur in Game 3 of the first round in the 2008 playoffs. Avery persistently waved his stick in Brodeur’s face in an effort to draw a penalty on the Devils. Avery and Brodeur have an historic rivalry even to this day, but this was a memorable altercation between them.

RAT INFESTATION

Year: 1996, Florida Panthers Stanley Cup finals run

Panthers forward Scott Mellanby was getting ready for a game, when a large rat ran by him in the dressing room. Scott stabbed the rat with his stick and killed it, and then went on to score 2 goals in that game. After that, Panthers fans started throwing plastic rats on the ice every time they would score during that playoff run.

COACH IN THE CREASE

Year: 1928, Game 2 of a best-of-five series, New York Rangers vs. Montreal Maroons

New York Rangers coach Lester Patrick suited up and stood in for his injured goalie Lorne Chabot in the 1928 Stanley Cup finals. This was long before teams had backups for their backups on the roster, and Patrick played goaltender for most of the game.

EPIC FAIL

Year: 1986, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Game 7, Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames

Occurrence: Edmonton Oilers rookie defenceman Steve Smith accidently scores an own goal. Smith tries to pick the puck up behind the net and make a quick pass, but ends up putting the puck off his goaltender Grant Fuhr’s pads and into the net...Oops.

HEXTALL GETS REVENGE

Year: 1989, Game 6, Wales Conference Finals, Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Chris Chelios hits Brian Propp into the boards hard and knocks him out of Game 1. On the verge of being booted out of the playoffs in Game 6 of the series, Flyers’ goaltender Ron Hextall charges Chelios after the whistle getting revenge for the Propp hit.

TYPICAL PATRICK ROY

Year: 2002, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Game 6, Western Conference Finals, Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings

Known as the “Statue of Liberty” pose, Patrick Roy robs Steve Yzerman with the glove in close, but prematurely celebrates and taunts the Red Wings. The puck ends up falling out of Roy`s glove and onto the ice where Brendan Shanahan pokes it in. The goal would breathe new life into the Red Wings, and they went on to win the Stanley Cup.


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