Our Rinkotology first-round mini-game is "Clutch City." All that matters in that game is game-winning goals and game-winning assists. Since we're all choosing teams for our staff game, we started thinking about clutch performers in Pittsburgh Penguins history.
Here are a few that came to mind almost immediately:
Of course, game-winning goals aren't always scored in overtime or in the dying seconds of a game. They're not always scored by superstars. Sometimes you don't even know that a goal is the game-winner until the game is over.
They're unpredictable. They're emotional. They could come on a beautiful play from a sniper or a dirty goal from a grinder. That's what makes the playoffs so wonderful. Sure, it's easy to pick a Lemieux or a Jagr goal as a clutch play, but it takes a lot more thinking to predict who will rise up and put on a huge, unexpected performance.
Hopefully this post lifts your spirits after the "heartbreak" one we posted earlier. We can't help it. We've been watching playoff videos for days now.
The staff Rinko teams (both "Clutch City" and "Quest for the Cup") will be posted tonight.