Monday, May 05, 2008

Bring on triple quadruple OT

(2) San Jose v. (5) Dallas

Game 6: Sharks 1, Dallas 1

It's been a year of short games, for the most part, these playoffs, but tonight in Game No. 68 of 2008, there's a barnburner in Dallas.

You know what's the most surprising things after 100 minutes of hockey? This game's 4 hours and 7 minutes old and 18,600 fans are still standing in Texas tonight.

It's 1:10 a.m. in Toronto, 11:10 p.m. in Dallas and only 10:10 in San Jose. I'll be liveblogging from here on for the hardcores still awake, so feel free to chime in.

UPDATE Just a note that P.J. at Sharkspage has been providing great photos from this matchup all series long. Stop by after this one for a look at his handiwork.

UPDATE TSN's reporting that overtime has averaged just under 7 minutes so far in these playoffs, but we're going to get 40-plus tonight (and the way Marty Turco's playing, likely more).

UPDATE Here are some stats to keep us company: The shots are 53-43 for the Sharks, and Turco has a .981 save percentage.

Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards lead everyone in shots with eight, while Tomas Plihal (of all people) has the most for San Jose with seven.

Speaking of Plihal, he's played 23:44 tonight, only his fourth playoff game this year. He skated in 9 minutes or less in the other three games he dressed in this series, and averaged 10:49 a game in 22 games during the season.

UPDATE Ice time leaders:

San Jose: Brian Campbell (45:37), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (39:35), Craig Rivet (38:34); Dallas: Sergei Zubov (41:39), Ribeiro (40:27), Brendan Morrow (39:38)

UPDATE We're two uneventful minutes into the third overtime now, and you can definitely see fatigue kicking in. This is the 13th game of the playoffs for the Sharks, after a tough series against Calgary in Round 1, and this is the longest game in franchise history.

UPDATE Dallas just took a penalty, a hooking call on Nick Grossman on Patrick Marleau driving to the net. The TSN crew doesn't like it, but in reality, stuff like that should have been called all game.

This is the first penalty called since midway through the second period, about 70 minutes of play ago.

You don't envy the officials in this situation.

UPDATE The penalty's over after a pretty uneventful power play for San Jose.

UPDATE Some good play in the Sharks end now for Dallas, all started off by Ribeiro. He's become quite a player.

TSN just showed Milan Michalek, who left the game with an injury earlier, with his arm in a sling but walking under his own power. His absence is what has given Plihal a chance to play on the top lines.

UPDATE Now 10 minutes in and the Sharks think they've scored. Maybe a video review coming, although on ice officials say it didn't go in.

It looks like Turco's got it under his body somewhere on the play. A 57th save of the night, most likely.

UPDATE This is probably the point, 51 minutes of overtime in, where how deep your bench is becomes a factor. Can your fourth liners step up and take a shift, or are they too big of a liability? How about the fifth and sixth defencemen?

UPDATE Jeremy Roenick gets one right in front but is turned aside, and there's been quite a bit of play in the Stars' end. Only 7:19 left in this period.

It's closing in on 2 a.m. here, but I'm not turning in. (No Monday morning work on my end.)

Besides, I love these marathon games.

UPDATE Players who have played under 15 minutes: San Jose - Curtis Brown, Patrick Rissmiller; Dallas - B.J. Crombeen, Steve Ott, Toby Petersen. The Sharks can't sit forwards as much as the Stars given Michalek's out.

UPDATE 6:13 to go until quadruple overtime, 1:46 a.m. The fans are still standing. All of them.

UPDATE Brian Campbell's now played more than 50 minutes. Get him on the IV in the intermission.

UPDATE It's a good thing they didn't try and make Game 7 one of the back-to-back games in this round, as we might be playing late into the night. Ten minutes until midnight in Texas.

UPDATE Morrow takes a puck in the face, but looks okay. He's had a terrific playoff so far. (Hard to argue with him as captain.)

UPDATE Anyone else out there blogging? I see The Dallas Morning News is.

Nothing from Mark at Andrew's Stars Page yet, although he might be at the game.

UPDATE Third overtime ends, so after 120 minutes of play, and at 1:55 a.m., we're onto the fourth overtime. I'm ready.

UPDATE Interchangeable Parts is with me! Another blog to keep your eye on, along with the game.

UPDATE The TSN panel's calling for games to go to 4-on-4 after two or three overtimes, but I say no way. Given the infrequency with which we see these things, I still enjoy the novelty of them.

UPDATE Here's a nice post over at Live Journal on this one: "how am I to be expected to give up on one where every shot matters, and every save is huge? Last year I made it all the way to the end of the sixth-longest game in Stanley Cup history, where Vancouver scored 18:06 into the fourth overtime period of a game that started at 10pm according to my time zone at the time. I'm proud of this; call it perseverance, call it stubbornness, call it plain lunacy. I can't stand not knowing. I'd lie awake wondering about it anyway, so I might as well be the one at work tomorrow who knows all about it."


Even some of the non-hockey fans are staying up in Big D.

UPDATE TSN gives us a look at the Sharks room: Protein shakes, energy drinks, bananas, oranges and pizza. I'm hungry.

Seven Stars have played 40 minutes; six Sharks have hit that mark.

UPDATE Fourth overtime is underway.

Fans? Still standing.

I like hockey and all, but I wouldn't do that.

UPDATE Two nice saves from Nabokov here about two minutes in, as the Stars send in a long shot and got a whack at the rebound.

It's not going to be a pretty winner at this point. Guys on the ice are losing their focus all over the place, but goaltenders can't afford to.

Turco's made 60 saves, Nabokov 48.

UPDATE And, we've hit the 125 minute mark. I found a rock-hard energy bar in the cupboard to keep me going ...

It's interesting seeing Steve Ott get out there and play like the fastest player on the ice. He's still under the 15-minute mark for ice time.

UPDATE Do they have IVs for bloggers?

UPDATE I wonder if, hypothetically speaking, I came into this game right now, fresh as a daisy, if I could skate with these guys?

Unlikely. But these are the things worth pondering at this point.

Some good pressure from Dallas now, a few long shots from the point. One of these knucklers is going in at some point.

UPDATE Penalty on San Jose for tripping, Brian Campbell. This could be the Sharks season, with the biggest minute defender in the box and a two-minute penalty kill.

UPDATE There it is, Morrow scores on the power play at 2:24 a.m. Eastern time.

It's tough to defend an odd-man situation in any overtime, but after three and a half periods? Talk about playing tight.

The team with the advantage doesn't have much to lose — throw it at the net and hope someone in front can get a stick on it. Morrow just did.

Dallas wins it, 2-1 in the fourth overtime, and Turco's the undisputed first star. This was the eighth longest game in NHL history, and he made 61 saves.

The Stars have three days to rest before squaring off with the Red Wings in Detroit.

UPDATE Is this the end for J.R.?


4OT Period
Dallas9:03, Brenden Morrow 7 (power play) (Stephane Robidas, Mike Ribeiro)

How fitting is it that Robidas is a factor here? These playoffs have been the 31 year old's coming out party.

That's his eighth point in 12 games so far, putting him up there with Johan Franzen as one of the surprise stories of the postseason.


NHL Playoffs: Longest OT games

1 3/24/36 Detroit 1, Maroons 0 Mud Bruneteau 116:30:00
2 04/03/33 Toronto 1, Boston 0 Ken Doraty 104:46:00
3 05/04/00 Philadelphia 2, Pittsburgh 1 Keith Primeau 92:01:00
4 4/24/03 Anaheim 4, Dallas 3 Petr Sykora 80:48:00
5 4/24/96 Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2 Petr Nedved 79:15:00
6 04/11/07 Vancouver 5, Dallas 4 Henrik Sedin 78:06:00
7 3/23/43 Toronto 3, Detroit 2 Jack MacLean 70:18:00
8 05/04/08 Dallas 2, San Jose 1 Brendan Morrow 69:03:00
9 3/28/30 Montreal 2, Rangers 1 Gus Rivers 68:52:00
10 4/18/87 Islanders 3, Washington 2 Pat LaFontaine 68:47:00

I think that's all for me tonight.

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At 1:16 a.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous Kelpfreak said...

Still unimpressed with Nabby this year?

At 1:18 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

This year? Or these playoffs?

He frankly hasn't been very good, overall, in the postseason so far. He's been terrific in this game, but not as good as Turco.

At 1:30 a.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous Kelpfreak said...

Aaaaand the refs have decided they want to go home.

Plihal's been an enigma all year. Does the little things well, but it hasn't translated to goals. I find it telling that he's been given more time with the big club than Kaspar. Kaspar was always a gamble, but it looks like he may be done with the organization.

At 1:35 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I haven't seen Plihal in a game since junior, when he was a scoring star for Kootenay in the WHL. He always had great hands there, and scored 30 goals in both his seasons, so I'm a little surprised his AHL numbers have been so underwhelming.

He's still only 25.

At 1:47 a.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous Kelpfreak said...

Gotta say I'd love to see Ehrhoff, Carle or Vlasic pot the winner. If only to prove to themselves that it can be done. Too much dumping the puck around with traffic in front.

At 1:56 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger sabresfan88 said...

How cool would it be to see a player with over 60 minutes?

Won't happen, but still...

At 2:11 a.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous Jen said...

This game is just insane. But sleep is for the weak so I'll be up until that final goal and even after as i attempt to update my blog with only one working hand

At 2:13 a.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous b said...

The TSN panel's calling for games to go to 4-on-4 after two or three overtimes, but I say no way.

I think they'll be calling for 3-on-3 if there's another intermission; they need to fill the air with something, anything at this point.

I'm following you here..

At 2:18 a.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous b said...

It's not going to be a pretty winner at this point. Guys on the ice are losing their focus all over the place, but goaltenders can't afford to.

..which is a crying shame given how good both the game and the goaltending have been, but given Nabokov and Turco have each played 125 mins and counting..

At 2:39 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Is Turco clutch yet?

This reminds me of a four overtime game the Penguins played years ago, when it was proven that, after five hours of announcing, no one can pronounce "Dziedzic".

At 2:44 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger barraqudie said...

I'm surprised it was actually a nice goal (relatively speaking); some folks are annoyed at Campbell for taking a "dumb" penalty, but I'm willing to forgive Soupy after 56 minutes of ice time.

(Ribeiro and Morrow were 52 and 51, respectively. Wow.)

At 2:48 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Hard to believe the legendary Easter Game has already slid all the way down to 10th.

At 2:59 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger Katebits said...

Aw, seeing the list of the all-time longest games, I kind of wish they had just hung in there for another few periods. :D

At 9:50 a.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger PPP said...

I wonder if, hypothetically speaking, I came into this game right now, fresh as a daisy, if I could skate with these guys?

I wondered the same thing!

I also couldn't go to bed after having watched the first two OTs. I am paying for it this morning though...

At 11:38 a.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many Candian fans over the years have gotten upset by the fact that teams have gone to Sunbelt cities; saying that people in these locations don't care for the game or don't give it the respect and appreciation it deserves.

But as James mentioned on more than one occassion on his post of this game 6/7...look at the fans at the arena. They stood for hours. They cheered for hours. They held thier emotions and sleep for a lot longer than many people would have expected them too.

Though I am a lifelong "northerner", let's start giving the Sunbelt fans some credit; at least the one's in Dallas. They've trully shown that they care about thier team and supported them as well as any fans in the league. Reneck hockey is here to stay, and I for one don't mind....

...(excpet for Arizon and Miami. Those franchises really need to move elsewhere).

At 6:51 p.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous MCDevils said...

Just to let you know James, Dallas is in the Central time zone. We're only one hour behind Toronto. So the game ended at about 1:30 in the morning here (it started later than usual at 8:00 pm local time).

I've been to great regular season games, great playoff games, but this was by far the best sporting event I have ever seen in person. The crowd was great, and i'd say over 80-85% were still there when BMo scored the game winner.

Like many fans here in Dallas, I was a tired puppy at work today. Left the game at about 2:00am, got home at 2:40, to bed by 3:15, and got up at 5:45 to be at work by 7:00. Good times. Here's hoping I get to do it again at the clinching game 6 of the Detroit series.

Good work as always Mr. Mirtle.

At 6:59 p.m., May 05, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Yeap, my bad on the time zone thing. And I think it'd take too long to fix all of my errors...

For some reason I thought Texas and Alberta were on the same clock. :)


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