With two teams playing hockey for 60 minutes followed by 79 minutes and 47 seconds of extra time, it’s time to turn to the record.
But due to the nature of NHL playoff hockey, the Florida Panthers’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, which ended early Friday morning, wasn’t the longest game in history. It wasn’t even the longest match in the last five years.
That doesn’t change anything about this epic battle that took place from 8pm to 12:54am. But while his four overtimes seemed long to players, coaches, and fans, it was only the sixth-longest game in his NHL history.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the Tampa Bay Lightning needed five overtime to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets — August 2020 at the Stanley Cup tournament when the summer pandemic was in a strange state. -was. And the game time is 150 minutes and 27 seconds, which is only 4th all-time behind Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh in 2000 with 5 overtime games and Toronto vs. Boston in 1933 with 6 overtime games. Just a little bit at the end.
From Thursday night to Friday morning, the Hurricanes took the lead, the Panthers retook it, and the Hurricanes tied 2-2 early in the third inning, before the real game began after regulation ended.
Without the video review, the game wouldn’t be so memorable. The Panthers scored just two-and-a-half minutes into the first overtime, and they celebrated. However, the tape documented improper contact with the Hurricanes goalie, and the goal was overturned.
They climbed up and down the ice. 1 period, 2 periods, 3 periods and no goals. Matthew Tkachuk was the last to score for Florida with 12 seconds left in the fourth overtime.
The goal was not very noteworthy. A quick flick after the steal was decided at the net. However, unlike other shots in nearly 80 minutes of extra time, this one went in and counted. The Panthers led by one game in the Conference Finals series.
“I’m certainly tired, but I think I’ll be less tired if I win.” tokachuk said After the game. “I think both teams are out of gas right now.”
Aside from goaltenders Sergey Bobrovski (FL) and Frederick Andersen (Carolina), the iron man in the match was defenseman Brandon Montour (FL), who spent 57 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice. rice field.
A game like no other? Tell the Maroons.
On March 24, 1936, the Montreal Maroons faced the Detroit Red Wings at Montreal’s Old Forum in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Semifinals. The rule then was, and still is, “play until someone scores”.
So you thought the Panthers and Hurricanes had trouble scoring? That night in Montreal, the two professional teams went to five extra innings without scoring a single goal within the rules. Finally, with 3 minutes and 30 seconds left in the sixth overtime, Mad Bruneteau managed to net the puck for the Red Wings to win 1-0.
(AP article about the game published in The Times rather naively Mad is called Modere by his real name. )
The Maroons lost the next two games in a five-game streak and were eliminated. They played only two more seasons and then folded.
But nearly a century later, their records still stand.