Everybody likes a feel-good story, something that touches the heart and gives you hope.
Ottawa Senators defenceman Matt Carkner, pictured above, is the latest such story after his unexpected heroics rescued Ottawa's season.
His goal at 7:06 of triple overtime lifted the Sens to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, giving new life to the Senators and this series. Ottawa now trails Pittsburgh 3-2, with Game 6 in Ottawa on Saturday.
To be sure, Carkner was an unlikely hero. Here is a guy who didn't even become a full-time NHL player until this season. He toiled eight years in the minors but never gave up hope. Not once did he give up on his dream or decide to take his act to Europe to see if he could make more money.
Carkner arrived at the Senators' training camp last September trying to make the team as a winger. He was moved to the blueline in the club's first exhibition game and hasn't looked back. He has fought when needed, played solid defence, and now his triple OT winner has earned him a spot in Senators' lore.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," Carkner said after the marathon game. "Definitely the biggest goal of my career."
No kidding, given he has a total of three career goals.
The other remarkable story from Game 5 was the play of Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire. He was Plan B in net when the series began, but was foisted into the must-win situation Thursday night after playing in relief for a struggling Brian Elliott in Game 4.
The way Pittsburgh was coming on in Game 5, it just seemed a matter of "when" and not "if" the Penguins would prevail.
But Leclaire made 59 saves in his first ever playoff start to allow Ottawa to live on for another day.
"He played outstanding," said Ottawa coach Cory Clouston. "He was confident, comfortable. I thought he was very square and poised. Boy, did he come through for us."
It's not that the Penguins played poorly in Game 5. They just faced a desperate team and you have to think that they were a little complacent, knowing they had three chances to finish off Ottawa.
But Ottawa has a bit of momentum now going into Game 6, and the pressure is on the defending Stanley Cup champions to wrap it up on the road.
If the Senators do the improbable and force this series to the limit, all bets are off.