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Top 5 Closers in the NHL

By Sean Fitzgerald
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October 4, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (40) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Red Wings won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

3. Henrik Zetterberg: Zetterberg embodies the hard working style of the Detroit Red Wings. Zetterburg is a closer. In 2006-07, Zetterburg scored 10 game winning goals. He had 33 goals in the entire season, so one third of his goals that season were game winners. That is very impressive. In the 2007-08 playoffs, Zetterburg had 13 goals and 14 assists. 4 of his 13 goals were game winners. This impressive play resulted in the Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup. For his career, Zetterburg has 267 goals and 411 assists. 55 of his 267 regular season goals are game winners.

2. Patrick Kane: Patrick Kane came to the Chicago Blackhawks with the 1st pick in the 2007 draft. Kane has been coming up big for the Blackhawks ever since. It seems when the stage lights are at their brightest, Kane shines even brighter. Kane scored the game winning goal in the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Finals. In the 2012-13, when people began to doubt Kane’s game, he rose to occasion once more. He closed out the LA Kings in the Western Conference Finals with a hat trick. This was not his first hat trick in the playoffs; he recorded a hat trick against the Vancouver Canucks in 2008-09. Kane would score the game winning goal in the pivotal Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Remember when the Blackhawks closed out the Bruins in Game 6 with the epic two goals in 17 seconds. Kane was on the ice for the game tying goal, he brought the puck into the Bruins zone. Kane for his career has 153 goals and 276 assists. 25 of 153 goals are game winning goals. Who knew the Blackhawks would get their closer with the first overall pick in 2007?