In the history of the NHL, there are several top performances by surprising players that have remained only individual feats.
The issue has often been highlighted in the playoffs, with the emergence of so-called dirty work heroes.
Iltalehti presents ten players from the history of the NHL, whose top performances remained the wonders of one playoff game.
Milan Marcetta (1968)
The 1967-68 season was the first in the NHL since the Original Six period ended with the arrival of six expansion teams. One of these new teams played striker Milan Marcetta, who rose from complete ignorance to public awareness in the playoffs.
Marcetta, who represented Minnesota North Stars, had nothing to do with the six-team NHL before in just a few games, but the expansion made a permanent place possible.
Immediately in her first playoff games on the North Stars shirt, Marcetta was the second best scorer on her team, even though she hadn’t yet been on the regulars of the North Stars in the regular season.
However, Marcetta’s career no longer took off after the peak spring, as the man’s journey in the fabulous ended as early as the following season after 18 matches.
Gregg Sheppard (1974)
In the violence-saturated 1970s NHL, Gregg Sheppard, with only a 173-centimeter and quite ice-cold play, was quite an exception. With the founding of the WHA and the NHL expansion teams, Sheppard opened a pitch in the Boston Bruins from 1972-73.
The following season, the Bruins advanced to the finals, where it faced the infamous Philadelphia Flyers. In a series of two teams known for their rugged style of play, the compact Sheppard suddenly rose to the spotlight.
In the regular season, Sheppard was only the eighth best scorer in the Bruins, but in the playoffs he left behind, among other things Bobby Orrin and Phil Espositon. Throughout the playoffs and points exchange, he was left behind only by the Flyers Rick MacLeishin behind.
To the chagrin of Sheppard and the Bruins, the Philadelphia “Broad Street Bullies” took over Bobby Clarken led by the pitcher as the first expansion team.
Steve Payne (1981)
Steve Payne wasn’t really a giant miracle one spring, as the Canadian struck steadily tough power point readings in the 1980s at Minnesota’s North Stars.
However, the performance of the playoffs in the spring of 1981 was so tough for Payne that his career level deserved mention.
Payne’s 1980-81 season was not a success for the regular season, but the bank exploded in the playoffs. Payne beat a whopping 17 + 12 = 29 in 19 matches. Above was just the New York Islanders superstar Mike Bossy.
After strong periods in the early 1980s, Payne’s career ended at the age of 30 as a result of several back injuries.
John Druce (1990)
John Druce’s name probably won’t be remembered by many puck fans, but in the 1990 playoffs, the Canadian rose like a rocket to consciousness.
Druce, who played only 45 games in the regular season and hit a modest 11 points in that season, sensationally rose to be the best player in the playoffs at the Washington Capitals.
Druce fired as many as 14 goals as the Capitals progressed all the way to the conference finals. For example, the team’s star strikers Dino Ciccarelli and Geoff Courtnall clearly lagged behind Druce’s powers.
The following season, Druce still scored 58 points on the Capitals shirt, but after that, the readings turned sharply down. Druce ended his career in the German league in 1999-2000.
Dave Lowry (1996)
Patrik Laine current teammate Adam lowryn father Dave did not play with power points in his NHL career, as shown by the power reading of the man’s best single regular season 19 + 21 = 40.
To everyone’s surprise, in the Florida Panthers, which progressed to the Stanley Cup finals in the spring of 1996, Lowry played the best puck of his life.
The Canadian was the best scorer and scorer of the fairly anonymous team in the playoffs, although in the regular season the man was only 14 on the cat shirts exchange. In the playoffs, Lowry scored the same number of goals (10) as in the regular season.
Lowry was nicknamed Mr. Playoff for his amazing spring. Lowry’s career in the NHL continued until the spring of 2004, but he no longer reached similar peaks.
Bates Battle (2002)
Carolina Hurricanes slammed a hard bomb in the spring of 2002 as it advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in the club’s history, including the Whalers years. However, the Detroit Red Wings, full of superstars in the final, was clearly better.
One of Hurricanes ’key players that spring was, surprisingly, American striker Bates Battaglia. Battaglia, who later became acquainted with jokers, was the second best scorer in hurricane shirts in the playoffs. Ron Francisin after.
Battaglia’s career in the NHL went downhill soon after the final spring. After the end of his career, Battaglia attracted attention by winning the popular Amazing Race program together with his brother Anthony with in 2012.
Fernando Pisani (2006)
To the surprise of many, the Edmonton Oilers were the last team to make the playoffs until the finals in the spring of 2006. Finns remember the final series as a goalkeeper Jussi Markkanen male work, but another crucial factor for success was striker Fernando Pisani.
The Canadian Italian held its place forever in the hearts of Oilers fans, even though the man’s performance after that spring remained quite modest. Pisani won the entire playoffs with 14 hits, and as many as five of them were match wins.
As a single performance, Pisani is remembered for his underperformance in the fifth match of the finals with extra time in which he narrowed Carolina Hurricanes ’lead in the final series to 3-2.
Pisani and the Oilers had to be disappointed at the end of a great spring as the Hurricanes snatched the championship after a series of seven matches. Pisan’s career in the NHL ended after the 2010-11 season.
Maxime Talbot (2009)
The Pittsburgh Penguins paid their fish debt to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 finals for the previous year’s loss. Young Sidney Crosbyn and Yevgeny Malkin leading the Penguins to the championship in the background came Maxime Talbot.
With just 22 power points in the regular season, the grater clearly raised his level in the playoffs and was ultimately his team’s third-best scorer after Crosby and Malkin.
As a cherry on top of the cake, Talbot played in the seventh match of the final series of the match of his life in Detroit. Talbot accounted for both hits from the Penguins in a 2-1 win for the guests.
Ville Leino (2010)
The most familiar case of one of the miracles of spring for Finns is Ville Leino’s spring 2010 in Philadelphia Flyers.
Savonlinna-based Savonlinna, who recorded only 11 power points in the regular season, roared into the flames in Flyers’ fabulous spring. A common tone Daniel Brieren Leino knocked with as many as 21 points in the playoffs, which ended in a final loss, and raised himself to fame in a single throw.
To Leino’s chagrin, consciousness became, in a way, the fate of a man’s career. Still the following season, Leino hit the Flyers with respectable power points, but in the summer of 2011, with a giant deal with Buffalo Sabers, Leino’s NHL career went downhill.
In three seasons, Leino scored just 10 goals in the Sabres in 137 matches, and he no longer had a stake in the NHL after that. His career ended in 2017, and since then the man has continued in the fashion business.
Bryan Bickell (2013)
The Chicago Blackhawks marched to the 2012-13 championship during the stump season. Surprisingly, Bryan Bickell, a rutter in the lower chains, became an important solution player.
In the playoffs, the colossal Bickell beat the powers 9 + 8 = 17, with which he was second on his team’s internal points exchange. Patrick Kanen after. Given the breadth of the Blackhawks attack at the time, Bickell’s horrific effects can be considered very quite surprising.
After that spring’s top performance, Bickell no longer rose to the same level at any point. The career ended quite dramatically at just 31 years old in the spring of 2017, when the player had been diagnosed with MS in 2015.
Source: The Sportster