Rich 10 NHL Moments of the 2010s

With the end of the decade upon us, it is time to remember some of the most memorable NHL moments during that time. While there are many more moments than these ten, this list does a good job in listing both team and player accomplishments. Without further ado, here is the Rich 10 moments of the decade, NHL edition. 

10. The Carolina Hurricanes Jerk Surge

The ”bunch of jerks” Carolina Hurricanes started their Storm Surge in the 2018-2019 season creating controversy for the league. The Hurricanes have created a one of a kind celebration after a win where they do the “skol clap” with fans in the arena and some version of a skit after to show they just want to have fun. No other team in the league has done something like this so National Hockey League fans and commentators had mixed reactions across the board. Some thought the celebration was tacky and uncalled for, creating the “jerks” title for the team, while others thought it was fun and an exciting new thing to watch. Carolina came out and said they are just doing it to have fun, and create a unique environment for fans to enjoy their time. Even with the new title of “jerks,” the Hurricanes took it and ran with it creating shirts and other memorabilia with that title on it.  The Hurricanes have brought back the Storm Surge for the 2019-2020 season as well, due to popular demand. –Kristen Chancellor

9. The Capitals finally overcome the Penguins…and make it count(2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs)

For hockey fans in the Mid-Atlantic, and in particular, fans of the Washington Capitals, the animosity toward the Pittsburgh Penguins is well-documented. And for good reason. The Capitals were not able to overcome the birds from the Steel City in the postseason, going 1-8 against them in postseason playoff series dating back to the 1990-1991 season. Then came the 2018 season, when Washington was able to overcome their Stanley Cup Playoff woes by beating Pittsburgh in the second round 4-2. The highlight victory came in Game Six, when the Capitals were able to put away Pittsburgh for good by winning in overtime in PPG Paints Arena, due in part to a clutch goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov. What happens after? We all know. The Capitals would end up winning their first ever Stanley Cup three weeks later.  -Johnny Crane

8. Pavel Datsyuk: The Puck Pro(Feb. 19, 2013)

This 2013 goal was one for the books with Datsyuk making his way through, not one, but five Nashville Predator players to score. Datsyuk was able to get the puck in the defensive zone and carry it through and past the Predators and score. This goal was strategic in quick skating and solid stick handling. Goals like this are key to players careers and the diversity of shots in this game. Datsyuk is known as “The Magic Man” for his incredible use of stick handling and puck movement on the ice as well as his creativity in goal scoring.  –Kristen Chancellor

7. Patrick Kane vs. the Flyers

The 2010 Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers were hard-fought all the way through. Just one game in the series was decided by more than two goals, and two games went to overtime. One of those overtime thrillers was Game Six, when Patrick Kane scored just over four minutes in to give the Blackhawks their first of three Stanley Cups this decade. Kane received a pass along the boards, made a quick move towards the goal and fired a shot that snuck past Flyers goalie Michael Leighton and got stuck under the padding in the back of the net. Kane, unlike the refs, knew the puck went in and sprinted down the ice to celebrate with his goalie and the rest of the team. Overtime goals in hockey are always exciting, so when they win the Stanley Cup they become historic moments. –Josh Schneider 

6. Auston Matthews four-goal debut performance(Dec. 10, 2016)

The “Star of Arizona” Auston Matthews was the first overall draft pick in the 2016 NHL draft taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs. This star hockey player not only made a name for himself coming from a not so well known hockey state like Arizona, but in his first NHL game he made history. Scoring not one, but four goals in his first game against the Ottawa Senators, he made a name in the league and quickly sparked interest by others. Matthews has proved to be a hardworking player who continues to prove himself from season to season. This first NHL game was historic with him being the first player to score four goals in their first game, especially with doubt from fans with him being from Arizona. With this however, he changed the game of hockey in Arizona with now more kids getting involved to be just like this Calder Memorial Trophy winner. With over 30 goals each season and already 26 for this season, it is clear that his name is something to watch for. -Kristen Chancellor

5. The 2019 St. Louis Blues turnaround of the ages

“Worst to First” can get old in the sports realm. It can be a cliche at times, but when referencing the 2018-2019 St. Louis Blues, it does not get old, and never will. Head coach Mike Yeo was fired in mid-November after a sluggish 7-9-3 start. On January 3rd, the Blues were last in the Western Conference in points, sitting at 34. With the emergence of rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington and “Gloria,” the Blues were able to flip the script at near-astronomical proportions, going 30-10-5 the rest of the way and thus giving St. Louis a playoff spot. They would use the momentum to catapult all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and winning it at TD Garden in Game 7 4-1 against the Boston Bruins. St. Louis has been singing the blues ever since. In a good way, of course. A very good way. – Johnny Crane 

4. 2013 Blackhawks Game 6

Game Six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals saw one of the more exciting and improbable comeback wins in Finals history. The Blackhawks led the series 3-2 but were trailing the game 2-1 in the final minutes. With 76 seconds left, Bryan Bickell tied the game at two and just 17 seconds later Dave Bolland scored again to give the Blackhawks the lead. They held that lead for the next 50 seconds and won the Stanley Cup in front of the stunned Boston crowd. The shocked Bruins had to watch the Blackhawks lift the Stanley Cup after being so close to forcing a Game Seven. Comebacks like this do sometimes happen, but few have ever been on such a big stage with Lord Stanley’s cup on the line. –Josh Schneider

3. The Golden Knights Inaugural Season 

While one can argue expansion draft rules being much more lenient to the Golden Knights when compared to other expansion teams in the past, one cannot argue the production Vegas was able to perform at in their inaugural season during the 2017-2018 season. Led by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and forwards William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas was able to get first in the Pacific Division with 109 points and vault all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Despite losing to the Capitals, the Knights were able to win one game (the first in the series). While they have not been able to make a return trip to the Final, they have still been able to maintain good production and be a force in the Western Conference ever since. – Johnny Crane

2. Flyers postseason comeback(s)

After skirting into the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and making quick work of the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Philadelphia Flyers found themselves at the mercy and buzzkill of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, as Philly quickly found themselves in a 3-0 series deficit. After Philadelphia netted an OT win in game four thanks to Simon Gagne, in addition to two regulation wins after, it was 3-3 all going to TD Garden for Game Seven. After quickly falling down 3-0 to the Bruins in the first 15 minutes of the game, The Flyers then got to work, scoring one goal in the first period with less than three minutes to go. The Flyers then scored two in the second to tie the game up 3-3. Then came Gagne again, this time in the third period, scoring the go-ahead goal on the man-advantage to give Philadelphia the lead. The lead would hold, and with it, the unthinkable would occur, with the Flyers coming back from the brink of elimination to the epitome of grinding out victories to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they would defeat the Montreal Canadiens in five games to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. – Johnny Crane

1. LA Kings Magic: 2014 Edition

The 2014 Los Angeles Kings did not start the playoffs strong, as they lost the first three games of the first round to the San Jose Sharks. The Kings recovered, though, and became just the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after trailing 3-0. They went on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks in the second round and the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference finals to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. All three of those series went the distance and the Kings became the first team ever to win three Game 7’s on the road in one postseason. Their magic continued into the Stanley Cup Finals where they won three overtime games, including the series-deciding game five in double overtime. In front of his home crowd, Alec Martinez buried a rebound to win the Stanley Cup, completing a miraculous playoff run for the Kings. -Josh Schneider

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