Watch: Here's our top 10 hockey shootouts

Team USA's T.J. Oshie scores on the team's sixth shootout attempt against Russia's goalie Sergei...

Team USA's T.J. Oshie scores on the team's sixth shootout attempt against Russia's goalie Sergei Bobrovski during their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (REUTERS)

Mike Koreen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:01 PM ET

It's not hard to find a shootout hater.

Since the shooting contest was introduced as a way to break tie games in the NHL in 2005-06, the format has been criticized by many.

And when it's used to decide sudden-death international games (and that's been going on far longer), people tend to get even more upset.

But even if it is a bit of a gimmick, shootouts tend to be quite dramatic.

The latest example of the excitement came Saturday at the Sochi Olympics as T.J. Oshie was the hero, scoring four shootout goals in a wild American win over Russia.

Here are 10 shootouts that captured the attention of hockey fans for different reasons:

Feb. 18, 1992

Olympic men's quarterfinals

Canada vs. Germany, Meribel, France

This was the first shootout in Olympic history after a rule change -- and it provided a serious scare for the heavily favoured Canadians. Eric Lindros scored on Germany goalie Helmet De Raef in the sixth round of the shootout and Canadian netminder Sean Burke made a save on Peter Draisaitl to win it. "The Canadians have to go to church and thank God in heaven for this," Germany forward Ernst Keopf said. The Dave King-coached team rode the momentum to a 4-2 semifinal win over Czechoslovakia and then lost to the Russians in the final.

Feb. 27, 1994

Olympic men's final

Canada vs. Sweden, Lillehammer, Norway

Canada was oh so close to capturing its first Olympic hockey gold since 1952. But Peter Forsberg played a huge role in ending that dream with what is considered one of the best shootout goals in hockey history. On the 13th chance of the shooting contest, he deked left, put on the brakes, drew the puck to the right and backhanded the winner underneath Canadian goaltender Corey Hirsch. Swedish goalie Tommy Salo then shut the door on Paul Kariya to win it. "It was so close, what can I say?" said Canada forward Chris Kontos. "On the one hand, we showed the world what we can do, what Canada's all about, what our spirit is all about. But on the other hand, it's tough to get so close and come so far and fall that one millimetre away."

Feb. 20, 1998

Olympic men's semifinal

Canada vs. Czech Republic, Nagano, Japan

In the first appearance by NHLers at the Winter Games, this semifinal turned into a heavyweight goalie duel between Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek. The score was tied at 1-1 after regulation and overtime before the Czechs won 1-0 in the five-round shootout on a goal by Robert Reichel. Years later, the part of this that's remembered most is the fact Wayne Gretzky didn't get the call to shoot for Canada. "It's tough to swallow," Gretzky said of the loss in the immediate aftermath. "We didn't lose any games here. We lost in a shootout."

Nov. 26, 2005

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers

It seemed nobody wanted to win this one as the shootout lasted 15 rounds, the longest such contest in NHL history. Finally, light-scoring Rangers defenceman Marek Malik ended it with a highlight-reel move, shooting with his stick between his skates for a goal on Olaf Kolzig. "I was watching everything before me," said Malik. "Olie was unbelievable. He stopped everything from shots, moves. I just thought to myself, 'Maybe I'll surprise him.' I tried the move and it worked."

Jan. 3, 2007

World junior championship semifinal

Canada vs. U.S., Leiksand, Sweden

With International Ice Hockey Federation rules allowing the same player to take shots in the sudden-death portion of shootouts, Canadian coach Craig Hartsburg kept turning to Jonathan Towes. The current Chicago Blackhawks star scored in the three-aside regulation part of the shootout and then scored twice more in a sudden death, giving Canada the victory. "It was a heck of a game and it is an unbelievable feeling right now," Toews said. "It's unreal. We have a shootout at (the University of North Dakota, where he played) every week and I rarely win the thing." Canada took gold two days later, beating Russia.

Jan. 1, 2008

Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres

Winter Classic, Orchard Park, N.Y.

The NHL's first New Year's Day outdoor game featured the game's biggest star in Sidney Crosby -- and he didn't disappoint. Snow fell, 71,217 people jammed into the home of the Buffalo Bills and the Crosby scored the winner, beating Ryan Miller, to cap a tremendous afternoon. "The atmosphere and the environment, I think it's something to look back on and say we had a lot of great memories being part of it," Crosby said. "It was a great feeling and a great experience."

Jan. 3, 2009

World junior championship semifinal

Canada vs. Russia at Ottawa

With Canada's hopes of a fifth straight gold medal hanging by a thread, Jordan Eberle scored with 5.4 seconds left in regulation to send this one to overtime. After 10 minutes of scoreless hockey, Eberle opened the scoring in the shootout, beating Russian goalie Vadim Zhelobnuk with a deke. John Tavares added another goal, sending Canada off to the final, where it easily beat Sweden. "We worked on the shootout a lot in practice and I've worked a lot in Regina on my moves," Eberle said. "We did some research on this goalie and knew we had to go to the backhand. "That's what Johnny (Tavares) did, too."

March 11, 2013

Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators

Little-known Kaspars Daugavins of the Senators made headlines around the hockey world for his unique attempt. The Latvian put the puck on the tip of his stick, turned it upside down and tried to do a spin-o-rama on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. It didn't work and the Senators lost. "Some people don't like it," Daugavins said. "I understand people are going to say I shouldn't try it because I'm a young guy battling for a spot on the team. It's always going to be like that. If I don't score, people are going to say that. For me, I've tried that move eight times and it's worked every time. I thought it might work in a game."

Dec. 28, 2013

Canada vs. Czech Republic

World junior championship preliminary round, Malmo, Sweden

Canada entered this game with a 12-0-2 record against the Czechs in world junior history, outscoring the European country 66-20. But Canada played from behind almost the entire contest and then undrafted and unheralded Czech goalie Dominik Simon stopped Canada's Jake Paterson in the shootout. "First time beating Canada, and we are all so happy," Simon said. "It was a great game for us. On the bench we were shouting. It's going to help us a lot. Now, we are much more confident. All of the team worked so great."

Dec.2, 2012

Mississauga Steelheads at London Knights

It took 38 shooters to decide this OHL contest -- all 18 skaters on each team plus one. London star Seth Griffith scored on both his shootout attempts to give the Knights their 15th win in a row. The refs kept checking to make sure no teams were repeating shooters. "We went eight or nine (rounds in Erie earlier in the season) and that seemed like a lot," Knights coach Dale Hunter said. "It got to where it was, 'Holy Moley,' both goalies were playing well. No one could get one in."

 


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