In today’s NHL climate, the Detroit Red Wings and St Louis Blues are on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Wings are in a rebuilding phase, while the Blues are coming off winning the Stanley Cup two seasons ago.
However on this day in 1996, Detroit was starting up their dynasty with an iconic goal by their old long-time captain—now general manager—Steve Yzerman.
In the video below, Yzerman launched a shot from the blue line past Blues goaltender Jon Casey to help Detroit eliminate St Louis in double overtime in Game 7 in the NHL playoffs.
It would be the only goal of the game, and the all-important one at that.
Though Detroit would be eliminated to the Colorado Avalanche in six games in the series afterwards, the Red Wings went on to use the series to their advantage with the experience they gained to win the Stanley Cup in 1997.
If you want to watch the full highlights from the classic series, feel free to view either of the two videos below: