Panthers Beat Hurricanes in Four Overtimes

When two groups play hockey for 60 minutes, then go for 79 minutes and 47 seconds extra of time beyond regulation, you instantly flip to the report books.

But such is the character of NHL playoff hockey that the Florida Panthers’ 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh that ended early Friday morning was not the longest sport ever. It was not even the longest sport of the previous 5 years.

That takes nothing away from the epic battle that performed out from 8 pm to 12:54 am But as prolonged as that four-overtime sport appeared to the gamers, coaches and followers, it was solely the sixth longest sport in NHL historical past.

It wasn’t even that way back — August 2020 through the odd summer time pandemic Stanley Cup event — that the Tampa Bay Lightning wanted 5 overtimes to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets. And that 150-minute-27 second sport ranks solely fourth all time, behind a five-overtime sport between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in 2000, a six-overtime sport between Toronto and Boston in 1933 and … properly, let’s maintain off on the final one for a second.

As for Thursday night time/Friday morning, the Hurricanes took the lead, the Panthers took it again, the Hurricanes tied it at 2-2 early in the third, and after regulation ended, the actual sport started.

It would not have been a really memorable sport with out a video evaluation. The Panthers scored, and celebrated, simply two and a half minutes into the primary time beyond regulation. But the tape confirmed improper contact with the Hurricanes goalie and the purpose was overturned.

Up and down the ice they skated. For one, two, three intervals with out a purpose. It was Matthew Tkachuk, lastly, who scored for Florida with 12 seconds left in the fourth time beyond regulation.

The purpose wasn’t a lot to take a look at: a fast flick close to the web after a steal. But in contrast to all the opposite pictures for practically 80 minutes of time beyond regulation, it went in and counted. The Panthers took a one-game-to-none lead in the convention ultimate sequence.

“Definitely drained, however I feel you are much less drained if you happen to win,” Tkachuk mentioned after the sport. “I’m certain each groups are gassed proper now.”

Goalies Sergei Bobrovsky of Florida and Frederik Andersen of Carolina apart, the ironman of the sport was defenseman Brandon Montour of Florida, who spent 57 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice.

A sport like no different? Tell it to the Maroons.

In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoff semifinal on March 24, 1936, the Montreal Maroons confronted the Detroit Red Wings on the outdated Forum in Montreal. Then as now, the rule was: Keep taking part in till somebody scores.

So you thought the Panthers and Hurricanes had hassle scoring? The two skilled groups on that night time in Montreal managed not a single purpose in regulation or 5 full overtimes. Finally, with 3:30 to go in the sixth time beyond regulation, Mud Bruneteau managed to place the puck in the web, successful it for the Red Wings, 1-0.

(The Associated Press article in regards to the sport printed in The Times slightly primarily referred to Mud by his given identify, Modere.)

The Maroons, maybe damaged by the loss, fell in the subsequent two video games of the best-of-five sequence as properly and have been eradicated. They performed simply two extra seasons after which folded.

But after practically a century, their report nonetheless stands.

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