Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene of Haliburton, Ontario scored his second career Stanley Cup playoff overtime winner on Friday. The Canadian Olympic gold medalist from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi scored at 14:54 of the second overtime as the Nashville Predators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4.
Duchene scored the game-winning goal from Alexandre Carrier of Quebec City, Quebec, and Predators captain Roman Josi. Duchene scored on his only shot on goal in the entire game. He had played 28 shifts in 22 minutes and one second of ice time.
Duchene was one of two Canadians to score for the Predators. The other was Ryan Ellis and Hamilton, Ontario. Ellis also co-led the Predators with points with two. He had one goal and one assist.
This was a must win for Nashville, as a loss would have put them down three games to none in the best out of seven series. The Hurricanes still lead the Central Division semifinal series two games to one.
Duchene’s first overtime NHL playoff winner came while with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Duchene scored from Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson in game two of the second round of the 2019 Eastern Conference playoffs in a 3-2 Columbus win over the Boston Bruins. At the time, the Blue Jackets tied the series at one game apiece.