Brent Seabrook did it again last night, scoring the game-winner in overtime against the Predators to claim another playoff victory.
Seabrook one-timed a pass from Patrick Kane into the net after 1 a.m. Wednesday to win in the third overtime period, giving the Blackhawks a 3-1 series lead in the opening round of the playoffs.
Seabrook, of course, was the overtime star of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring two more overtime winners.
In Game 7 of a second-round series against the Red Wings, Seabrook’s shot from the high slot bounced off defenseman Niklas Kronwall’s skate and into the net 3:35 into overtime to seal a magical 2-1 victory. The win propelled the Hawks into the Western Conference Finals after being behind 3-1 in the series.
Then, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Bruins, Seabrook scored with 9:51 remaining in overtime to give the Blackhawks a critical 2-1 victory, evening the series at two games apiece. The Hawks went on to win games 5 and 6 to claim their second title in four years.
Here’s a look at some more Chicago sports heroes who shined after regulation in the playoffs (listed alphabetically):
Of all the iconic players on this list, Geoff Blum sticks out as an outlier. But he is very much a part of White Sox lore after hitting a home run in the 14th inning of Game 3 of the 2005 World Series. He rocked Ezequiel Astacio’s 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall to give the White Sox a 6-5 lead. The moment wasn’t as dramatic as others since it wasn’t a walk-off winner, and the Sox added another run later in the inning, but Blum still gave the White Sox the go-ahead run to take a 3-0 series lead.
The former Cub came up clutch in the 2003 NLCS, cranking an 11th inning triple that scored Kenny Lofton and gave the Cubs an eventual 5-4 win over the Marlins. We all know how the series ended — Steve Bartman, Alex Gonzalez, etc. — but the Cubs were riding high after the win and went on to take a 3-1 series lead before the epic collapse.
The Bears’ kicker made a 49-yard field goal to secure a 27-24 first-round playoff win against the Seahawks in overtime back in 2007. Gould had also made a 41-yard kick with 4:24 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24-24 and send it to overtime.
Smiling Stan played in four World Series with the Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 40s. He nearly lifted the Cubs to a World Series title with his extra-inning heroics in the 1945 series. In Game 6 against the Tigers, Hack hit a walk-off double to left field that scored pinch-runner Bill Schuster in the 12th inning. The win tied the series at three games apiece, and the Cubs went on to lose the decisive Game 7.
Of course, Michael Jordan. The legend shined in Game 3 of the 1991 finals against the Lakers, scoring a 12-footer with 3.4 seconds remaining to tie the game at 92 and send it to overtime. Jordan also made a reverse layup with two minutes remaining that gave the Bulls the lead for good to claim a 2-1 series lead. The Bulls went on to win the first of their six titles of the decade.
Jordan came up clutch again in a first-round series against the Nets in 1998. Jordan got a steal followed by a breakaway layup and was fouled on the play with 43 seconds remaining in Game 1. It was vintage Michael – tongue out and all. He made the free throw to give the Bulls a three-point lead, which was too much for the Nets to overcome. The Bulls swept the series and went on to win their sixth title.
Kaner hit the game-winning goal 4:06 into overtime in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, securing a 4-3 victory over the Flyers and ending a 49-year championship drought. Kane scored on a nearly impossible angle and slipped the puck past Michael Leighton.