Daniel Alfredsson. Mark Stone. Two players that need no introduction in this city. Each scored a golden goal that punctuated a miraculous run by a young franchise. But which player did it better?
The first entry in our new Versus series takes us back. Waaaaay back. Back to the golden days of the Ottawa Senators.
Our first contestant is Daniel Alfredsson. His Eastern Conference Finals goal in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres punched the Senators’ ticket to their first ever (and only to this day) Stanley Cup Finals. It validated years of fan optimism and support, and for the first time ever in modern franchise history, the Stanley Cup was only four wins away. You can watch this iconic moment below.
Daniel Alfredsson’s ECF Goal vs. Buffalo Sabres (2007 Playoffs)
Our second contestant is none other that Mark Stone. Stone’s goal will no doubt be fresher in the minds of Senators fans, capping off a truly miraculous run to overcome a 14-point deficit late in the season and make the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Down 3-0 after the first period, fans thought the magic had finally run out.
Then Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored.
Then Mark Stone scored.
Then, with 1:48 left in the third and the net empty, Mike Hoffman scored.
The Senators stormed back to tie the game late and force overtime. As overtime began, the Canadian Tire Centre was dead quiet…until it wasn’t. Watch the incredible goal below. For those of you who have two hours to kill and want to relive the entire game, somebody has uploaded it to YouTube here.
Mark Stone’s OT Goal vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (2015 Regular Season)
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