No. 5 - David Volek: Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the 1993 Patrick Division Finals
The 1992-93 Islanders had a young and talented roster with a promising future. Under Al Arbour, the team finished with a 40-37-7 record and finished third in the Patrick Division. After defeating the Washington Capitals in six games but losing star Pierre Turgeon to a dirty hit from Dale Hunter, the upstart Islanders were heavy underdogs against the two-time Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins led by Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.
The series went to a Game 7, and an unlikely hero was about to forever be part of Islanders' lure. David Volek scored at 6:10 of the third period to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead, his first goal since March 18. Then three minutes later, Benoit Hogue beat Tom Barrasso to extend the lead and put the Islanders 10 minutes away from stunning the hockey world.
But the defending champions wouldn't go quietly. Ron Francis scored to cut the lead to one with 3:47 to play and then Larry Murphy's shot deflected off Rick Tocchet and past Glenn Healy to tie the game with 60 seconds left to play and send the game into overtime.
“When overtime started, I told Ray Ferraro, ‘If there’s any justice, I’m going to score the winner’,” Volek said. “I told Ray that on the bench, then two or three shifts after that, there was that breakdown for the Penguins on the blue line, and we were a 2-on-1.”
Vokek one-timed a pass from Ferraro at 5:16 of overtime and send the Islanders to the Wales Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. “I just instinctively one-timed the pass and shot the puck. I don’t know how tired I was. I felt I’m just going to take the shot. It was a well-timed pass from Ray and it kind of surprised the goalie.”