Our final five on this list consists of a couple of players who play long games and others who really piled up the points and had dominant performances.
5. Matt Carle – May 7, 2010 (Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers)
Game four of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semi-finals was a big test for the Philadephia Flyers defenders. The Flyers relied heavily on their top four and played Lukas Krajicek and Ryan Parent very rarely. As a result, Matt Carle found himself on the ice for much of the game. Carle assisted on Philadelphia’s tying goal late in the first to make the score 1-1. He assisted on two more goals in the first half of the second to help the Flyers to a 3-1 lead. Boston would come back and the game would eventually be tied 4-4 going into overtime. Late into the first overtime, with 5:20 remaining, Carle helped set up Simon Gagne who scored the game-winning goal to put the Flyers up 3-1 in the series. Carle had four assists and a +5 rating and played 32:35 of ice time.
4. Derick Brassard – May 26, 2015 (New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning)
Derick Brassard had a night to remember in the tense game 6 between the Rangers and the Lightning in the 2015 Eastern Conference Final. Brassard, who had already been one of New York’s better forwards, scored the game’s opening goal and assisted on Keith Yandle’s 2-0 goal later in the first. Brassard tallied a second assist early in the second and later, after his team had scored another in between, Brassard scored his second goal and fourth point of the night to give the Rangers a 5-1 lead. After Tampa Bay slightly pushed back, making it 6-3, they decided to pull their net minder and Brassard would pot the biscuit into the empty cage for his third goal. Brassard finished the night with a +5 rating.
3. Jean-Gabriel Pageau – April 29, 2017 (New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau had what was undoubtedly the most dramatic game of his career in game 2 of round 2 in the 2017 Playoffs. Pageau first tied the game with a first period goal to even up the score at 1-1. Pageau was more quiet for the rest of the 1st, the entirety of the 2nd, and most of the third until something clicked. Now down 5-3 to the Rangers, Pageau brought the Senators within one with his second of the game with less than four minutes remaining. In classic playoff fashion, Pageau scored his hat-trick and game-tying goal with 1:02 remaining in the third. After a goal-less first overtime, the hero came forth once again, with Pageau scoring his fourth goal of the game on a pass by Alex Burrows to win the game for the Senators, 6-5 in second overtime.
2. Claude Giroux – April 13, 2012 (Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins)
In one of the more offensive games in the playoffs since the lockout, the Flyers came out on top, largely due to two great performances, the most note-worthy one being Claude Giroux. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half of the first period, Giroux tallied his first point with an assist on Maxime Talbot’s shorthanded goal. Pittsburgh regained their two-goal lead late in the first to head into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead. Giroux then exploded with two goals in the second to tie the game for the Flyers. The period would end in a 4-4 tie as the teams each traded one more goal. Pittsburgh took a 5-4 lead early in the third, but the Flyers would roar back with four unanswered goals, two assisted by Giroux and one final empty net goal scored by Giroux to complete the hat-trick. Giroux ended up with 6 points, one of only three players to do so since the 2004-05 lockout.
1. Johan Franzen – May 6, 2010 (San Jose Sharks vs Detroit Red Wings)
Game four of the second round between the Sharks and Red Wings wasn’t even close. Not only were the Sharks dominated by a 7-1 score, but they were single-handedly defeated by Johan Franzen. After assisting on Todd Bertuzzi’s opening goal, Franzen scored the rare natural hat-trick to put his team up 4-0. Franzen would get a second assist on a powerplay goal in the second period before scoring his fourth goal on the powerplay in the third period. Four goals and two assists gave Franzen a stunning 6-point night.
Honourable Mention: Ryan Getzlaf – May 3, 2017 (Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers)
Though it was Draisaitl with the most dominant performance, Getzlaf had a great game in the same series too, getting in on all four Ducks goals in a 4-3 win, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists with a +4 rating and nearly 26 minutes of ice time.
Honourable Mention: Sean Couturier – April 13, 2012 (Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins)
If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that I credit the 8-goal game by the Flyers in No. 2 to two players. The other was Couturier, who worked with Giroux to himself score a hat-trick and add an assist for four points.