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UPDATE: Free Playoff Hockey Is Extra Awesome Because It Means Overtime Goals (VIDEO/GIFs)

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 17: Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in the third overtime period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images) | Mark Buckner via Getty Images

Not only is playoff hockey demonstrably awesome but it is also apparently a very good bargain in 2014. After the opening night of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs included one overtime game, the second night had two more that needed more than three periods.

Free hockey!

In St. Louis, the Blues and Blackhawks played into a third overtime period before a winner emerged in Game 1 of their first-round series. All together, the first seven games of the NHL postseason included five free overtime periods.

Here are all three game-winning overtime goals scored from this early trio of overtime playoff games:

Alexander Steen's goal in triple overtime gave the Blues a 4-3 win

GIF: Alexander Steen wins it for the Blues :26 seconds into 3OT on Twitpic(GIF via @PeteBlackburn)

Paul Stastny sent the Avalanche to a 5-4 win with an overtime goal
MacKinnon to Stastny = Avs win in OT  on Twitpic(GIF via @myregularface)

Dale Weise's overtime goal lifted the Canadiens to a 5-4 win

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