Who Has The Most Game Winning Goals In NHL History?
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The Players With The Most Game Winning Goals In NHL History
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It takes a special kind of player who can find the back of the net consistently in pressure situations and produce game winning goals. Despite the rich history of the NHL and all of the great players, there’s only nine players who have produced 100 or more game winning goals throughout their career.
Here are the players with the most game winning goals in NHL history.
1. Jaromir Jagr, 135 - Jaromir Jagr actually only led the league in game winning goals once in his career, which was 12 goals in 1995-96 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jagr just happened to play 24 seasons and score two or more game winning goals in 23 of them. Longevity gives Jagr this crown.
2. Gordie Howe, 121 - Gordie Howe played 26 years and led the league in game winning goals four times. From 1951 to 194, Howe racked up 33 game winning goals. Howe is first in the Detroit Red Wings history books with 121 game winning goals.
3. Phil Esposito, 118 - Phil Esposito holds the record for the most game winning goals in a single season with 16, and he did it twice in back to back years. From 1971 to 1973, Esposito had 43 game winning goals. Esposito had five or more game winning goals in 12 of his 18 seasons.
4. Teemu Selanne, 110 - Teemu Selanne had seven game winning goals as a rookie with the Winnipeg Jets, and then he went on to score double-digit game winning goals with four different franchises. At 36 years old, Selanne led the league with 10 game winning goals with the Anaheim Ducks.
4. Alex Ovechkin, 110 - Alex Ovechkin has led the league in game winning goals three times and has scored double-digit game winning goals in five of his 15 seasons. At 34 years old and still highly effective, something tells me Ovechkin will move up this list before he’s done.
4. Brett Hull, 110 - Brett Hull had 23 game winning goals from 1990 to 1991 and led the league in game winning goals in three of his 19 seasons. Hull had six or more game winning goals 12 times.
7. Brendan Shanahan, 109 - Brendan Shanahan never led the league in game winning goals and never had double-digit game winning goals in a single season. However, Shanahan did play 21 seasons and those single digits tend to add up. Shanahan had five or more game winning goals 14 times.
7. Patrick Marleau, 109 - Patrick Marleau is another player who has never led the league in game winning goals, and he’s only had double-digit game winning goals once. Marleau is currently in his 22nd season and he’s played in 82 games 11 times. Even at 40 years old, Marleau has the ability to sneak up a spot or two on this list.
9. Jarome Iginla, 101 - Jarome Iginla led the league in game winning goals in 2003-04 with 10, and he had 32 game winning goals from 2004 to 2008. Iginla is first in the Calgary Flames record books with 83 game winning goals.
10. Guy Lafleur, 98 - Guy Lafleur led the league in game winning goals four times from 1975 to 1979, topping double digits in each of those four seasons. Lafleur scored 94 of his game winning goals with the Montreal Canadiens, making him the all-time leader.