After losing Game 4 of their second round series against the Penguins in overtime Wednesday, Capitals coach Barry Trotz summed up the feeling on his end of the contest succinctly.
"That’s why it’s sudden death. That’s what it feels like.”
Obviously, the feeling for the Penguins collectively was much different.
But what about the individual who scores the goal? What is does it feel like to score in overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game?
Earlier today, five members of the Penguins who have scored overtime playoff goals detailed what that unique accomplishment feels like.
Center Nick Bonino - With the Ducks in Game 5 of a 2013 Western Conference quarterfinal against the Red Wings:
Also, with the Ducks in Game 6 of a 2014 first round series against the Stars:
“My first one was against Detroit from [defenseman Ben] Lovejoy actually. It was a pretty crazy feeling. It was a lockout year. It was a pretty harmless play. I was just hanging out backdoor and it bounced through like three guys to me. I remember skating to center ice and trying to pump the crowd up or something. I don't even know what I was doing. So it's one of those emotional things that you don't' really know how to celebrate but you're just happy. You want to be with your teammates. … The second one was a pretty fun one to win the series. We were down two goals with like three minutes left and ended up getting a couple. That one was a great pass and I just remember looking at the bench and seeing everyone pour over. It's one of those things you dream about, ending a series like that in overtime. It's definitely a good memory."
Left winger Carl Hagelin - With the Rangers in Game 5 of a 2015 first-round series against the Penguins:
“It's just a little bit of a relief and excitement. I think those are the two reactions you get right away. … I think the later the game goes, the more excited people get. Obviously, it's a great experience. It's something you want to do every overtime. You want to get that game-winning goal.”
Right winger Patric Hornqvist - With the Penguins in Game 4 of a 2016 firstround series against the Capitals:
“I don't know. That's a good question. You're so happy you win the game. It's a big difference to come up [with the series lead] 3-1 than 2-2. We get a lot of momentum hopefully after this goal. Now, we're only one win away from advancing. … I think that's the first thing that comes in your mind. We won the game.”
Left winger Chris Kunitz - With the Penguins in Game 3 of a 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Islanders:
“For myself at the time, I was just thankful that our team got the win. You don't look at it any other way. It's just kind of that relief because you're trying to get air because most of the guys are in the pile before you know it. It's a lot of fun and excitement."
Defenseman Kris Letang - With the Penguins in Game 3 of a 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series vs. the Capitals:
“For myself, I see black. Just pure joy obviously. Everybody in the dressing room wants to be part of the winning team and they want to bring something to the table. When you help your team to win the game with a big goal, it's always a fun feeling.”
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