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Best overtimes in sports

Ot Sunday night's Sharks-Stars Stanley Cup playoff game went four overtimes and ended at 2:24 Monday morning in the latest edition of the best moment in all of sports — sudden-death overtime in an NHL playoff game. Here's a look at postseason overtimes and how they rank with 10 being the most dramatic and 1 being a sleeping aid.

Stanley Cup playoffs: No commercials, no breaks and next goal wins. One moment you're scrambling to keep the puck out of your net, the next you’re pouring off the bench in ecstasy. Rating: 10.

NBA playoffs: It's the only OT where you lose interest at the start because you're still a few minutes away from potentially a dramatic finish and that's if you don’t get a rout. Rating: 3.

Baseball playoffs: Usually one run is all it takes. That means every pitch is loaded with drama and strategy and chew-on-your-nails tension. Rating: 9.

NFL playoffs: There's a problem when it's possible both teams won't even get a chance with the ball. Then you're talking about a coin flip deciding the winner. Rating: 4.

The Masters: One-hole sudden-death, meaning one bad shot, one bad lie, one yipped putt can ruin four days of great golf. Rating: 8.

U.S. Open (golf): Wait, I have to come back tomorrow and watch another 18 holes? Rating: 1.

U.S. Open (tennis): A seven-point tiebreak ends too quickly and seems unfair. Rating: 3.

World Cup: Soccer fans really hate penalty kicks, but for the rest of us, it's the rare time we will stop and watch. Rating: 7.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:41pm]


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