App ranks 10 most exciting NHL playoff games since 2012

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Monday night’s overtime tilt between the Ducks and Jets was about as exciting a game as you’ll see at this time of year. That thing had it all: Big hits, great saves, a stunning comeback and a burgeoning rivalry made for an instant classic.
Of course, excitement level is subjective, and your mileage may vary widely depending on which team holds your rooting interest. Blackhawks fans might have something to say about Tuesday night’s three-OT marathon with the Predators.

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But the folks at Thuuz, an app for sports fans, say they’ve developed an algorithm that evens the field and objectively measures the excitement that a game generates. Among the factors they consider are pace, parity, novelty, momentum, context and social media buzz. They mash them all together to create a dynamic rating. Or something like that.

To prove the validity of their methods, Thuuz compiled a list of the 10 most exciting NHL playoff games since 2012. It’s a decent compilation although it overlooks a couple we might have included—such as Chicago’s three-OT win over Boston in the 2013 Stanley Cup finals opener, Ottawa’s 3–2 victory over Montreal in their 2013 Game 6 meeting, or Los Angeles' Game 7 Western finals clincher over the Blackhawks last spring.
But hey, it's their list. Have your own personal favorite that was overlooked? Make your case in the comment section below.
10) May 25, 2014: Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 (Rangers 3, Canadiens 2 in OT)
Martin St. Louis scored the winner 6:02 into the extra session on a shot from the right circle. It was the 41st win of Henrik Lundqvist’s career in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying him with Mike Richter for the most in New York Rangers' franchise history. 

9) June 1, 2014: Western finals Game 7 (Kings 5, Blackhawks 4 in OT)
Alec Martinez tallied at 5:47 of OT to win it for the Kings. Los Angeles had to rally three times to defeat the defending Stanley Cup champions en route to becoming the first team in NHL history to play all 21 possible games in the first three rounds.


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8) June 6, 2012: Stanley Cup finals Game 4 (Devils 3, Kings 1)

After becoming only the second rookie to ever score a Game 7-winning goal in OT (vs. Florida in the first round) and the first to score two series-clinching OT tallies during the same postseason (also vs. the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals)Adam Henrique delivered another huge tally as the Devils staved off elimination in the Stanley Cup finals. His heroics made New Jersey only the sixth team in 26 tries to avoid a sweep in the final after falling behind three games to none.

7) May 22, 2012: Western finals Game 5 (Kings 4, Coyotes 3 in OT)
Dustin Penner scored at 17:42 of OT to send the Kings to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1993. Goalie Jonathan Quick made 38 saves as the Los Angeles won for the 12th time in 14 postseason games.

6) May 25, 2012: Eastern finals Game 6 (Devils 3, Rangers 2 in OT)
The Devils advanced to their fifth Stanley Cup finals on Adam Henrique's second OT winner of the playoffs, this time 1:03 into OT.

5) June 15, 2013: Stanley Cup finals Game 2 (Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 in OT)
Daniel Paille won it with a shot from the left side at 13:48 of the extra session. The Blackhawks dominated in the early going, but Tuukka Rask made 18 saves in the first period to keep Boston in the game. 

4) June 7, 2014: Stanley Cup finals Game 2 (Kings 5, Rangers 4 in 2 OT)
Dustin Brown deflected Willie Mitchell’s shot under Henrik Lundqvist's arm at 10:26 of the second OT to lift the Kings to victory. Los Angeles became the first team in NHL history to win three straight playoff games after falling into two-goal deficits.

3) June 19, 2013: Stanley Cup finals Game 4 (Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5 in OT)
Brent Seabrook capped a wild night when he scored 9:51 into OT to give the Blackhawks a series-tying victory. Tuukka Rask and the Bruins had suffocated the Blackhawks the previous two games.

2) June 13, 2014: Stanley Cup finals Game 5 (Kings 3, Rangers 2 in 2 OT)
The Kings took home the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years when defenseman Alec Martinez scored off a rebound at 14:43 of the second overtime. Martinez also tallied the OT winner in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Blackhawks.

1) June 24, 2013: Stanley Cup finals Game 6 (Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2)

The Blackhawks were trailing by a goal with 1:16 remaining before Bryan Bickell tied the game with an extra-attacker goal. Dave Bolland followed Bickell’s score with the Stanley Cup winner just 17 seconds later.  



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