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The Noon Number: In the Clutch

A look at one forward’s penchant for the late-game dramatics

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4 - Number of games this season in which Brett Connolly has scored the late game-tying goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Three of those four goals, including last night’s strike against the Devils, have been scored in the game’s final four minutes.

Connolly tied the game at three last night at 16:12 of the third period; the game prior against Carolina, his was the tying goal at 16:52 that helped set up an even more dramatic finish. Before that, it was a tying goal at 11:22 of the third against Boston back on December 28, just over a week after knotting things up with Dallas at 16:34 of the final frame.

Three of the four goals have helped force overtime, with the fourth - that late goal against Carolina - setting up Jay Beagle’s last-second game-winner.