10: Trevor Linden on Jeff Norton
9: Vladimir Konstantinov on Dale Hawerchuk
During the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ Vladimir Konstantinov
destroyed the Philadelphia Flyers’ Dale Hawerchuk at center ice, helping secure the win and a 3-0 series lead. Sadly, this would be Konstantinov’s second last game ever, as he was severely disabled following a limousine accident that offseason.
8: Scott Stevens on Ron Francis
This is the first appearance of New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens on this list. It won’t be the last. Here, he creams Ron Francis of the Carolina Hurricanes
in the first round of the 2001 playoffs. It takes Francis three tries to finally crawl onto the bench.
7: Geoff Courtnall on Jeremy Roenick
In 1996, the St. Louis Blues’ Geoff Courtnall
caught Chicago Blackhawks forward Jeremy Roenick coming across the Blues’ slot after taking a shot on net and leveled him, fracturing Roenick’s jaw.
6: Scott Stevens on Paul Kariya
Stevens didn’t end Anaheim forward Paul Kariya’s career that day
with this check in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, but even Kariya admits it was the beginning of the end. Kariya actually came back and scored after this check, a goal he has no memory of scoring.
5: Larry Robinson on Gary Dornhoefer
4: Niklas Kronwall on Martin Havlat
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall ran right through
the Blackhawks’ Martin Havlat in the 2009 playoff, knocking Havlat out cold.
3: Wendel Clark on Bruce Bell
2: Darcy Tucker on Sami Kapanen
In the 2004 playoffs, the Leafs’ Darcy Tucker hit the Flyers’ Sami Kapanen so hard
along the boards that Kapanen not only flies completely horizontally but takes a full 15 seconds to skate to the bench, unable to stay on his skates after having his bell rung.
1: Scott Stevens on Eric Lindros
Again, this wasn’t the day that Eric Lindros’s career ended, but it did end his Flyers career, beginning his decline from the most dominant power forward in the league to the fragile centreman that eventually left the league years too early. Scott Stevens just demolishes Lindros