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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Two dramatic comeback wins: Jets @ Leafs, and Sharks @ Pens

Not one, but two dramatic come-from-behind wins this week:

Jets @ Leafs

Wednesday, the Winnipeg Jets managed to turn a four-goal deficit into a win in OT against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs had two goals in the first period (Carrick, Kadri) and two goals in the second (Nylander, Kadri), and it looked grim for the Jets, but then Myers scored at 13:04 in the second. Perhaps that was all the Jets needed to rally, and then tie things up in the third with goals from Laine, Scheifele, and Laine again. Patrik Laine also ended up scoring the winning goal in OT at 2:40.

Remember last week when Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored an unprecedented four goals in their home opener? Well, here's another remarkable rookie performance for you in Patrik Laine.

Sharks @ Pens

The Pens were down by two goals, and down to only four defensemen (Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta left the ice in the second period with injuries) when they came back in the third period against the Sharks with three epic goals on Thursday.

The Sharks scored two goals in the first period. Patric Hornqvist scored in the second period, but the goal was waved off. How did the Pens turn things around in the third? Hornqvist looked really disgruntled at the no-goal call, and must have decided that he wanted it back. His determination must have been contagious because the Pens decisively took back control, and Malkin and Wilson came through with goals in the third period to even the score. Hornqvist scored the winner with 5:28 remaining.

This third period gave me flashbacks from the Stanley Cup final this year.

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