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Overtime Winner in Dallas Just the Latest Dramatic Goal in Bonino’s Career

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 2:42 PM PT / News
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Overtime Winner in Dallas Just the Latest Dramatic Goal in Bonino\u2019s Career
“It’s tough to describe. It’s almost like your mind goes blank. You’re just so happy. There’s euphoria, just pure happiness.”
By Adam Brady

There were plenty of key moments in Anaheim’s incredible comeback victory in the series-clinching Game 6 on Sunday night in Dallas, but Nick Bonino’s game-winner in overtime is an image that endures from that magical night.

Just under three minutes into overtime, Bonino snuck toward the net and wristed in an Andrew Cogliano feed to shock the Stars and trigger pandemonium for him and his teammates, who mobbed him against the glass.

“It’s tough to describe,” Bonino said today at Honda Center, two days after that astonishing win.

“It’s almost like your mind goes blank. You’re just so happy. There’s euphoria, just pure happiness.”

It was a feeling Bonino has been able to experience on a few occasions, including last year’s playoffs, when he scored an OT game-winner to down the Red Wings in Game 5 at Honda Center.

“I remember last year, when I scored, I skated away from everyone,” he says with a smile. “This year, I’m hugging everyone. Fowls [Cam Fowler] was the first one, then Patty [Patrick Maroon] and the rest of them. Everyone was yelling and hugging, facewashing me, grabbing me.”

You can go back another five years to another moment  Bonino will never forget, during his days as a Boston University Terrier. In the NCAA title game against Miami (OH) , Bonino scored the tying goal with just 17.4 seconds in regulation in a game BU would eventually capture in overtime.

“It’s tough to describe the emotion that’s in those celebrations, but it’s something we all love to experience,” Bonino says. “It’s when you’re at your most basic part of yourself. Just raw emotion.”

The fact that Bonino has been the centerpiece of those moments was not lost on Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

"He has a knack, no matter how he's playing, good or bad but you put him out at the end because there's something about him that he's in the right position at the right time to make the right play," Boudreau said after Game 6. "That's what he's all about, so we put him out at the end and in overtime. I couldn't have scripted it any better."

Bonino, a voracious reader, said he saw Boudreau’s quote and was grateful for the praise. “It’s really nice for him to say that, and it’s nice that at this point in my career, people are able to say that about me,” Bonino said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I think there are cases where I’m in the right place at the right time, and the puck finds me. Both of my OT goals up here, and that game in college…”

Just then, an eavesdropping Saku Koivu walks by and cracks, ““You guys are talking about college?!”

Bonino briefly loses his train of thought and simply says, “They were great passes and I’ve just had to finish them. It’s nice.”  

Overshadowed by the overtime strike is the goal Bonino scored with 2:10 left in regulation, without which the comeback may not have been possible. Left alone behind the Dallas net, Bonino received the puck and snuck out in front, somehow managing to flip it top shelf over frozen Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen from point blank range.

“I just got a little space behind the net and walked out,” he tells it. “We had a good pre-scout on Lehtonen from Roli (goaltending coach Dwayne Roloson) and knew that he’s so solid and we’d have a little opportunity to go upstairs on him. It happened so fast, that it didn’t really register. I just saw that there was a little opening. Sometimes the puck does what you want it to do, and that time it did.”

Yet, that was no time for jubilation, as the Ducks still had work to do to get even in the game. “You can see all of us happy, but our heads snapped right up to the scoreboard to see how much time was left,” he says. “Once we got that one, we still had that five-on-four (with the goalie pulled), so we knew we had a shot.”

They were proven right when when Devante Smith-Pelly punched in a loose puck with 24.0 seconds left in regulation, setting the stage for the latest round of Bonino heroics.

Bonino, however, is reluctant to rank this one against the others. “They’re all so different,” he says. “I will say that being able to score the goal that ends a series means a lot to me.”




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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