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Jokinen's Goal an Instant Canes Classic

Wednesday, 04.22.2009 / 10:12 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Jokinen\'s Goal an Instant Canes Classic
Of all the goals that were scored during the 2006 playoff run, the one that still gives me goosebumps (other than the obvious Justin Williams empty netter that clinched the Stanley Cup in Game 7) was Eric Staal’s goal in Game 2 vs. New Jersey.

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That goal tied the game with just three seconds left, and came only 18 seconds after the Devils’ Scott Gomez seemingly gave his team the lead for good. It was about as unexpected as they come, which combined with the eruption from the crowd and the exuberance from the players, at least to me, made it one of the more memorable goals I’ve ever seen.

Fortunately, the game highlights on CanesVision Online go back that far, so here’s another look at it courtesy of the Outdoor Life Network (throwback!!)



Although that goal didn’t win the game, instead setting the stage for Niclas Wallin’s (who else?) overtime winner, it has its place in that playoff run. The Canes went ahead 2-0 in the series en route to a five-game victory over the Devils, who were the league’s hottest team coming in.

On the RBC Center press level, many of the best moments from 2006 are captured in oversized photos along the hallway wall. Almost all of them are of the aforementioned Game 7 or subsequent celebrations involving the Stanley Cup, but that goal (pictured) still made the cut.

That being said, Jussi Jokinen’s goal last night might top that famous tally. In-game emotion swings don’t get much wilder than they were last night, with the Devils seeming to have recaptured the momentum of the entire series with their three-goal comeback. Had the Devils won in overtime, things would have been scary heading back to New Jersey for a potential elimination game.

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With just .2 seconds left on the clock, I have to imagine that was the only walk-off regulation goal in playoff history. There wasn’t even enough time left to drop the puck. If you haven’t seen it, our game-night wallpaper (right) has a fantastic shot of the puck heading in just after it hit Jokinen’s skate.

How will this affect the rest of the series? To be honest, I don’t know that we’ll get a dejected performance from the Devils tomorrow night, however tough to swallow that loss may have been. They’re too smart and too composed for that. However, I do expect the Canes to come out with a swagger and a purpose, which is good because they’ll need to win two games in a row and at least one on the road at some point to win this series. Best to get that out of the way tomorrow night.

The Canes are catching an early 1 p.m. flight to Newark today, so there won’t be a practice or media access period. We’ll still have some posts for you today, however.

Finally, you’ve probably seen the highlights once or 20 times, but here’s the goal, once more for good measure.


 

 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72