Kasperi Kapanen's shorthanded stunner in Game 7 had been long overdue

Kyle CantlonNHL Editor
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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/6388/" data-ylk="slk:Kasperi Kapanen">Kasperi Kapanen</a> finally got it done. (Getty)
Kasperi Kapanen finally got it done. (Getty)

During the first two playoff runs of his fledgling NHL career, Kasperi Kapanen has already tallied a pair of the biggest goals in the recent history of the Maple Leafs.

His latest, a shorthanded goal to put Toronto up 4-3 during the second period of Game 7 in Boston, was an eye-popping display of foot speed, skill and finish.

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The latter has been hard to come by for Kapanen in this series, until Wednesday night.

After completely out-hustling Brad Marchand and using a strong shoulder to gain inside position on the Bruins’ MVP, Kapanen busted down on his fourth breakaway of the series and put a handful of nifty moves on Tuukka Rask before sliding in, what has a chance to be, an iconic goal for Toronto.

The kid apparently has a knack for scoring big goals, netting the winner for Finland in overtime of the 2016 World Juniors Gold Medal game, followed by a huge double-OT marker in Game 2 against the Capitals during his first sniff last April.

Adding even more to the moment, Kapanen’s tally was the first shorthanded goal by a Leaf in a Game 7 since Dave Keon potted one against the Red Wings in 1964 — three years before the franchise’s last Stanley Cup.

He’s also the youngest player in NHL history to score at a man disadvantage in a Game 7.

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