Michifornia

May 16th, 2018 at 4:04 PM ^

That may have been the most excited the Captain got after a goal.  Slamming himself against the boards.  Brings a tear to my eye.  Hoping we can get back to the playoffs soon...

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

May 16th, 2018 at 4:07 PM ^

I have a sweet Red Wings DVD pack which includes five games in full, including this one.  I've watched it a couple times.  I can never really remember exactly when it was in 2OT that Yzerman scored, clock-wise (and I don't really want to), but I do know what's coming next when the Blues skate into the Wings' zone and Gary Thorne starts his call with "Gretzky had it, lost it....."

NittanyFan

May 16th, 2018 at 4:53 PM ^

I can still hear, clear as day, Thorne making that call now.

The funny thing is --- Gretzky "had it" because Konstantinov (of all people) made an absolutely TERRIBLE pass trying to get the puck out of the Red Wings zone.  There was some St Louis player who had to clear the zone, but Gretzky could have had a great opportunity himself.  But Gretzky flubs the puck himself. 

Yzerman sees that and you can't blame him for thinking "well, 2 straight bad plays, I'll just take care of this myself ..........."

And without that, Avs/Wings may have also never become a thing

stephenrjking

May 16th, 2018 at 4:32 PM ^

Easier to enjoy this given that the Wings won the Cup a year later. This particular playoff run did not end pleasantly, but the years following were oh-so-sweet.

I watched the CBC version of this live, if I recall correctly. 

Sambojangles

May 16th, 2018 at 5:16 PM ^

I just posted this down in the Jordan documentary thread/Gretzky sub-thread. Didn't see this posted before I did that.

It took me years to realize that Gretzky was the last one to touch the puck before Stevie Y. I was too young to watch this game so I didn't realize until much later how big of an impact it had on the team and league.

JWG Wolverine

May 16th, 2018 at 6:54 PM ^

Second to Ufer's Wangler/Carter call, this is the most impacting moment to the birth of my life as a sports fan.

Sidenote: my dog's name is Stevie, and obviously this moment had a big impact on that decision.

Chills. Every. Single. Time.

The Man Down T…

May 16th, 2018 at 7:14 PM ^

I lived in North Carolina but the next 2 years I had a contract in Toledo Ohio and was able to catch all the games of the back to back championship seasons.  Damn, I'm old...

lilpenny1316

May 16th, 2018 at 7:34 PM ^

The last helmetless player in NHL history (Craig MacTavish) played in the game. He retired the following season, but you see his helmetless head about 5-10 seconds before the video ends.  He played only one playoff game after this one.