Greatest is a term that is subjective at most. What is greatest for one person might not be the greatest for another person. When looking at the greatest hockey games ever played, there are many aspects to take into consideration. Some games have incredible scores, whereas others have notable moments. Let’s take a look at seven hockey games played over the years that deserve praise.

7. Sudbury Wolves vs. Hamilton Bulldogs (November 17, 2019)

This game had a stunning 2531 fans in attendance. The two teams found themselves on the verge of making history with a 21 goal contest. They were just one goal away from tying a league record. The game went into overtime and ended with the Bulldogs claiming an 11-10 victory. The highest number of goals in one game is 22, so this particular game was exciting for fans and players alike.


6. Storhamar Dragons vs. Sparta Sarpsborg Warriors (March 12-13, 2017)

This game was interesting as it had an extremely lengthy overtime. It started Sunday night and did not end until well into Monday morning, when most of the players had to be ready for school and work. The game went into 11 periods of overtime that night, and the players were all completely worn out, though it did not stop any of them from playing their hearts out. Both teams took turns being in the lead, and each team ended with over 90+ shots. 

5. Rangers vs. Capitals (November 26, 2005)

Shootouts were introduced to the NHL after the 2004/05 lockout. By doing this, no more games were to be settled as a time after overtime. Shootouts declare a clear winner by allowing players to engage in a series of penalty shots. This Manhattan marathon featured fifteen rounds of shootouts, making it a very memorable game in history.


4.The Penguins vs. The Devils (December 31, 1988)

During his Hall of Fame career, Mario Lemieux scored 690 goals in the NHL. Five of them occurred during the ‘88 game he played against the New Jersey Devils. On this night, Mario Lemieux became the only player in NHL history to score five goals in all five distinct ways goals can be scored. In 2017, a fan vote crowned this moment the greatest in league history.


3. The Washington Capitals vs. the New York Islanders (April 18-19, 1987)

This game is known as the “Easter Epic.” This was the fifth consecutive year these teams engaged in a series against each other. The game went into quadruple overtime with seven periods of play. It lasted a total of six hours and eighteen minutes, making it the longest game 7 in Stanley Cup playoff history.


2. Penguins vs. Capitals (May 4, 2009)

This game had people on the edge of their seats as it featured rivals Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby playing against each other. The game went into seven periods of play this night, and both players engaged in their own hat tricks. It was very entertaining for the crowd, and Samuel L. Jackson even mentioned this iconic moment during a monologue at the 2009 ESPY Awards.



1. Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oliers (April 10, 1982)

This game is one of the greatest single-game comebacks in NHL history and one of the greatest playoff upsets of all time. Both teams despised each other and made it known. There were several misconducts, multiple fights, and hundreds of penalty minutes within the game, too many to be addressed entirely. This game is also known as the “Miracle on Manchester.”