The Vancouver marathon
Well, Day 1 of the postseason and we've already got our first lengthy overtime game. Vancouver and Dallas are currently in the intermission, tied 4-4 and heading to a third overtime period.
It's 2 a.m. here in Toronto, but as I'm off tomorrow, I'll be toughing this one out 'till the end. Anyone else with me?
UPDATE Early in the sixth period, we've already broken a team record for the longest game played by the Canucks. And things are slowing down out there.
The longer this one goes, the bigger a boost it will be for the team that wins it. The series resumes on Friday night at 6 p.m. Pacific time — or just more than 42 hours from now.
UPDATE Oh boy... the end of the third overtime is upon us at 2:50 a.m. and this is now the 12th-longest NHL game in history — and counting.
The shots are 66-44 for Dallas, and Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa has played 48 minutes and 51 seconds. The forward with the most ice time is Stars veteran Jere Lehtinen with more than 42 minutes.
This is the sixth-longest NHL game since the Original Six era, and the longest game by far in games with more than seven goals scored.
UPDATE 3:12 a.m. and this is now the ninth-longest game of all-time with just more than 13 minutes remaining in the fourth overtime.
UPDATE This is the sixth-longest game of all-time, and the fourth-longest of the modern era. And we're still going, well into the night.
I think I'm the only one watching outside of B.C. at this point.
UPDATE Canucks win 5-4 on a goal by Henrik Sedin with 1:54 remaining in the fourth overtime. It's 3:31 in the morning here in Ontario — which is a nice start to the two-month grind of the playoffs.
Longest overtime games of all-time:
|1||116:30:00||Red Wings 1-0 Maroons||March 24, 1936|
|2||104:46:00||Maple Leafs 1-0 Bruins||April 3, 1933|
|3||92:01:00||Flyers 2-1 Penguins||May 4, 2000|
|4||80:48:00||Mighty Ducks 4-3 Stars||April 24, 2003|
|5||79:15:00||Penguins 3-2 Capitals||April 24, 1996|
|6||78:06:00||Canucks 5-4 Stars||April 11, 2007|