How long was it?
The Boston-Carolina game scheduled for 8 pm ET, had to be postponed because it would take 87.5 minutes to get the dressing rooms and the Scotiabank Arena ready for the contest. That would have taken the start of the game to around 11 pm, and could you imagine if that game ever went into overtime. The Boston-Carolina game will now be played Wednesday at 11 am ET as it was the first postponed NLH game ever in the month of August.
It was so long that it was the longest game ever played in the 21st century, surpassing the Anaheim-Dallas game in 2003 by 9:39.
The only games to surpass the Lightning-Blue Jackets contest were Philadelphia and Pittsburgh which went 92:01 in overtime, ending with a Keith Primeau goal for the Flyers. The second longest games saw Toronto beat Boston 1-0 in 104:46 of overtime as Ken Doraty scored on April 3, 1933 in a deciding fifth game, sending Toronto to the Stanley Cup Final.
But the longest game ended at the 116:30 mark of overtime (in the sixth period) as Mud Bruneteau scored for Detroit to beat the Montreal Maroons on March 24, 1936.
There were some NHL records set on Tuesday.
TAMPA BAY 3 COLUMBUS 2 (5OT) (Lightning lead the series 1-0)
Brayden Point’s second goal of the game was the game winner as the Lightning prevailed over Columbus to the tune of 3-2 in quintuple overtime. The game started at 3:09 pm ET and finally came to an end at 9:22 pm, with over six hours of hockey.
Point wristed a shot past Joonas Korpisalo to set off the celebrations on the ice as the Blue Jackets left quietly.
The Blue Jackets got off to a quick 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Pierre-Luc Dubois. It was the first of the post-season for the Blue Jackets with the man advantage as the were 0-14 against the Maple Leafs in the play-in series.
The Bolts tied it up at 1 when Point scored his first of the contest, deflecting a Nikita Kucherov shot past Korpisalo.
It remained that way for the remainder of the first period as well as most of the second until Oliver Bjorkstrand slapped the puck from the half-boards that found the tiniest of holes, high over the shoulder of Andrei Vasilevskiy at the 19:12 mark of the second.
Tampa Bay tied it at 2, just 23 seconds into the third when Korpisalo actually knocked the puck with his pad into his own net. Yanni Gourde was credited with the goal.
It remained tied for another 110:04 when Point finally beat Korpisalo.
Korpisalo set an NHL record as he made 85 saves, surpassing the old mark of 73 held by Kelly Hrudey.
Vasilevskiy picked up the win, making 61 saves as Tampa Bay finally defeated Columbus in the playoffs. The Lightning were swept in four straight by the Blue Jackets last season.
Seth Jones played 65:06 minutes, another new NHL record, although time on ice has only been kept since the 1997 season. Defensive partner Zach Werenski also broke the hour mark, playing 61:14. Victor Hedman, who was a game-time decision for Tampa Bay, led the Lightning with 57:38.
Every player on both teams had at least one shot on goal, save for Cam Atkinson. Point and Hedman each had nine for the Lightning while David Savard and Alexandre Texier had seven apiece for Columbus. The combined 151 shots were also an NHL record.
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CALGARY 3 DALLAS 2 (Calgary leads the best-of-seven series 1-0)
Dube scored the only two goals of the first period, both beauties, the first on the power play as the Flames outshot Dallas 12-7 in the opening stanza.
The Stars came back quickly with both their goals in only nine seconds during the middle frame. Denis Gurianov cut the lead in half with a point shot that went off the backside of T.J. Brodie, past Cam Talbot and into the net.
On the ensuing faceoff, the Stars shot the puck into the Flames zone, when Jamie Benn’s point shot somehow went through the legs of Talbot and snuck into the net.
Rasmus Andersson scored the eventual winner late in the second period as he caught Anton Khudobin going down and wristed the puck past the Dallas goalkeeper to give Calgary a 3-2 lead that they would never surrender through a scoreless third period.
Talbot made 24 saves in picking up the win as he has started all five games for Calgary since the post-season returned. Talbot is 4-1 with a 1.61 GAA and a .941 save percentage.
Khudobin is 0-1 in the playoffs as he stopped 23 shots. If healthy, look for Ben Bishop to return to the crease for Game 2 Thursday.
Milan Lucic assisted on Dube’s first and now has a five-game points streak in the post-season.
Andrew Mangiapane had seven hits.
Dallas defenseman Stephen Johns left the game after two periods and did not return. He is considered unfit to play.
VEGAS 4 CHICAGO 1 (Vegas leads the best-of-seven series 1-0)
Robin Lehner turned aside 19 shots to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-1 win over his former teammates, the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
After a scoreless first period, Vegas got things going in the second when defenseman Shea Theodore ripped a shot from the top of the circle and beat Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford on the short side.
William Carrier made it 2-0 when he banged in a shot from Ryan Reaves. It looked like it was going to be a runaway as the Blackhawks took a delay of game penalty after Carrier scored but Chicago scored shorthanded when Brandon Saad stole the puck in the Vegas zone and found a streaking Steven Kampf who whipped a shot past Lehner.
It remained that way until the third period when Reilly Smith’s shot went off the glove of Crawford and trickled into the net. That goal was a back breaker as Crawford should have had it.
Smith scored again with 8:14 gone in the third as he broke in on Crawford after taking a beautiful pass from Jonathan Marchessault and backhanded the puck high, over the glove of Crawford.
Crawford, who had a strong series against Edmonton, made 29 saves but failed to hold the Blackhawks in the game with the weak third goal of the game by Smith.
Marchessault had two assists.
Duncan Keith was a minus-four on the night.
Alec Martinez had five blocked shots.
Reilly Smith – 2
Brayden Point – 2
Dillon Dube - 2
Shots on Goal
Victor Hedman – 9
Brayden Point – 9
Zach Bogosian – 7
David Savard - 7
Alexandre Texier – 7
Barclay Goodrow – 7
Cedric Paquette – 7
Corey Perry – 5
Matthew Tkachuk - 5