Barclay Goodrow’s Overtime Winner Was Something Special For The New York Rangers

Barclay Goodrow’s Overtime Winner Was Something Special For The New York Rangers
Barclay Goodrow’s Overtime Winner Was Something Special For The New York Rangers

New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (21) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Alexis … [+] Lafrenière (13) after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers in overtime of Game 2 during the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, May 24, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

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The list of players to score overtime goal to clinch a playoff game is extensive, ranging from the surefire Hall of Famers, consist of All-Star players and then the grinders.

The latter are players who can score but also do a bunch of other things well, the kind of player the whole room roots for to succeed.

Case in point, two of the three conference final games so far were overtime thrillers featuring rare instances of open ice and tight defense throughout. And the two goal scorers in those games were superstar Connor McDavid for the Edmonton Oilers and grinder Barclay Goodrow, whose goal evened the Eastern Conference final.

Goodrow is a player with goal scoring capabilities with 60 in 572 regular-season games, including 16 in 61 games for the Lightning, who won consecutive Stanley Cups with him on the team. He also scored 11 in 2022-23 in his first season of a seven-year deal the Rangers inked him to after losing the previous year in the conference final and then notched three of his four goals during the final month of a regular season while the Rangers earned home-ice advantage throughout the postseason.

Goodrow scored three goals in the first 11 postseason games and added another one by doing something similar to McDavid a night earlier by being opportunistic and finding enough of an opening on a crowded sheet of ice.

The moment occurred in five parts for Goodrow., who wasn’t truly sure what happened similar to Vincent Trocheck’s reaction after his double overtime goal won Game 2 of the second round against Carolina.

Step one was winning a defensive zone faceoff in the left circle. Step two was moving up the ice near the penalty boxes and waiting for Jacob Trouba to dig the puck out of the corner. Step three was beating the loose puck out of the air but not with a high stick. Step four was getting the puck to Vincent Trocheck and the final step was awaiting a return feed through some open ice and getting enough of a shot from the faceoff circle into the net.

In another words it was being a player for all situations in a span of 26 seconds. To get to the point of mobbing Goodrow to celebrate the game-winner, they needed him to thrive in the faceoff circle and the draw he won shortly before the goal was his 10th in 13 attempts – the third highest total of his postseason.

“He’s relied on in all situations,” defenseman Adam Fox said. What he does for us is really critical, but he’s able to put the puck in the net too.”

The New York Rangers celebrate after beating the Florida Panthers in overtime of Game 2 during the … [+] Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, May 24, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

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The all situations description of Goodrow’s game was a theme of further comments, sentiments echoed by Trocheck and coach Peter Laviolette.

“Everybody knows what he brings to the team,” Trocheck said. “Every night he’s going to bring the same game. We use him in all different situations. He’s a guy that you can count on defensively. You know he’s going to bring his best effort every night, plays physical and he’s been outstanding for us on both ends of the ice.”

“When you get a player that can do everything where a coach can rely on that person, that’s a pretty useful tool in the toolbox,” Laviolette said. “He takes face-offs, plays all three forward positions. You want him out there at the end of the game if you’re winning the hockey game.

The goal gave the conference final the expected outcome after two games – a split as opposed to one team gaining the upper hand. Nobody was expecting the teams to easily reach five goals but the Rangers did not anticipate the lack of offense they showed in the series opener two nights ago when the Panthers easily opened things with a comfortable 3-0 victory that could have been more.

The split between the two best teams in the East was so expected it hardly left the Panthers upset. While they certainly were ticked at allowing the sequence leading to Goodrow finishing off the game with something special for the Rangers, the view was upbeat for getting the first game and making things tough enough to the point where the Rangers needed the clutch goal three hours and 12 minutes after the opening faceoff.

“I’m fine with tonight,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said during a humorous press conference that featured him detailing how he had not seen the goal because of not seeing his video guy. “You shouldn’t come in and beat the Presidents’ Trophy team twice in their own building. You really shouldn’t.”

“I think that is what happens when you get the two best teams in the conference,” Carter Verhaeghe said about two-plus hours after scoring the tying goal during a power play. “It’s going to be a battle. They are playing hard defense, we’re playing hard defense. It’s a struggle to get chances.”

And there will be at least three more struggles for chances and likely more based on what unfolded in the first 134:01 spanning 54 minutes, 46 seconds between two teams who combined for five goals and 158 hits.

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