The reactions, of course, are varied, and depend on which team you happened to be rooting for -- or playing for -- during the game. For those on the Tampa Bay side, it was apocalyptic doom for the sport of hockey and something that was completely unnecessary. For everybody else? It was freakin' awesome.
Here are a few more reactions the day after...
Guy Boucher, Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach (via Lightning Strikes): "You know what? That's the type of stuff I won't comment on but I know the players will remember."
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning Forward (via TSN): "It's hard to be on the other end when you watch something like that. You battle hard it's tough to take. I don't know if disrespectful is the right word, but it caught us off guard and now we have to answer questions about it. He's a young kid, whatever he did, it worked. Do we need that? I don't know. It's kind of a slap in the face a little bit. Maybe it's a little too much. We battle hard tonight, 17-1 in the third, and to get beat in the shootout and to get beat with something like that it's tough to take. He did it, it worked. Some guys find a way to create these questions and the attention."
St. Louis was then asked if Omark was his teammate how he would handle the situation. Take him aside and have a conversation? "I'd probably have a little conversation. Sometimes less is more."
Linus Omark, The Man Himself (via TSN): "That's my game. I do stuff like that. So why should I stop on this level?"
Ryan O'Marra, Edmonton Oilers Forward (via TSN): "That is just the epitome of Linus Omark. The guy just has a lot of swagger. A guy like that who plays that kind of creative style, why not? It worked out well for us, and all joking aside, it was a huge goal, and that move he pulled when he got the shot off for the (Tom) Gilbert goal, I've seen that 100 times and that's his bread and butter. Everyone else here was surprised and I was telling everyone in the room, you're all first-timers, I've been seeing this all year."
Tom Renney, Edmonton Oilers Head Coach: "The shootout is there for a reason, and if anybody has a problem with that, then take the shootout out of the game. It's that simple. I've had some wins in shootouts and I've had some extraordinary losses because of the shootout so I can stand up here and [expletive] and complain about the shootout as much as anybody quite honestly, it's in the game for a reason and if you don't want to accept the way the puck crosses the goal line or how a guy comes in, then deal with it.
And then later: "I can appreciate my opponents disappointment but I don't really care. They're completely capable of doing anything they want. They have some highly talented people on the other side there. They chose not to do that, that's fine. Is there an advantage to that? Probably. If he gets in another one I'm sure the goalie is going to think what's this little bugger going to do next? I think that's an advantage. We're a young team trying to find our way here. We're trying to be credible. We're trying to gain respect. We're trying to get wins. We're trying to do things that our fans will embrace and appreciate for a long time. So I'm going to defend anything our team does to try to win a hockey game."
Paul Bisonnette, Phoenix Coyotes Forward, via Twitter: "Just watched Linus O'marks shoutout goal..... Just bought a Linus O'mark jersey on NHL.com.... but with spelt his last name GOD on the back." And then he followed it up later with this: "would I have gotten mad at O'mark? No i would have gotten off our bench and joined in the celebration."