In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a player’s shootout skills are for no use…unless a penalty shot is awarded. Take a look at the following examples below:
Sunday, April 24, 2011: the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks play Game 6 at the United Center. Down 3-2 with 17:29 left in regulation time, this happened:
Monday, May 27, 2013: the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings play Game 6 at the Joe Louis Arena. Leading 3-2 with 10:17 left in regulation time, this happened:
With that goal, Blackhawks center Michael Frolik became the first player in NHL history to score multiple penalty shot goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In both games, Frolik’s penalty shot goal shifted momentum towards the Blackhawks and forced a Game 7 situation. Another interesting tidbit from both of these events was linesman Brad Kovachik was involved in both of these games.