LONGEST PLAYOFF GAMES EVER

Thursday, 06.21.2007 / 10:51 AM / Features
By Thomas LaRocca  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
Thursday, June 21 is known as the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year and the official kick off of the summer. The summer solstice is considered the longest day of the year in the sense that the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a maximum for the year.

In honor of that day, LAKings.com has compiled a list of the top-five longest NHL games as well as the top-five longest Los Angeles Kings games.

TOP-FIVE LONGEST GAMES IN NHL HISTORY

OOOOOOT: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Maroons, 1-0 in six overtimes on March 24, 1936 in Game One of the semifinals. This marathon of a hockey gamed ended at 16:30 of overtime No. 6, when Rookie Mud Bruneteau beat Maroons’ goalie Lorn Chabot and scored the only goal of the contest, setting an NHL record for the longest playoff game of 176:30 breaking the mark of 164:46 set three years earlier.

OOOOOOT: The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins, 1-0 as well, also in six overtimes on April 3, 1933 in Game Five of the Semi Finals. Ken Doraty broke up the shut out at 4:46 of the sixth overtime to set a then-record of 164:46, that lasted for three years.

Now for some more recent games...
OOOOOT: The Philadelphia Flyers handed the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 loss in five overtimes on May 4, 2000, in the conference semifinals. Keith Primeau tallied the game winner beating Ron Tugnutt, who finished with 70 saves, at 12:01 of the fifth overtime to lead the Flyers to victory. The Penguins’ Alexei Kovalev scored just 2:22 in the game, beating rookie Brian Boucher, who did not allow another goal, recording 57 saves. The Flyers John Leclair tied the game on a redirection of an Eric Desjardin slap shot to force overtime.

OOOOOT: The franchise formerly known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim handed the Dallas Stars a 4-3 defeat in the fifth overtime of Game One of the Conference Semi-Finals on April 24, 2003. Petr Sykora tallied the winner 48 seconds into the fifth overtime beating Marty Turco for the win. The Mighty Ducks' Jason Krog and Stars' Derian Hatcher exchanged first period goals while Anaheim’s Rob Neidermayer and Steve Rucchin tallied second period goals to put the Ducks up 3-1.

Jason Arnott cut that lead in half at 16:32 of the second and Brendan Morrow tallied the tying goal with less than three minutes remaining to force OT. Turco finished with 50 saves while Jean-Sebastien Giguere tallied 60 saves, 40 of which were in overtime in a game that lasted 140.48.

OOOOT: The Penguins are the only team to appear on this top-five list twice as Pittsburgh defeated Washington by a 3-2 score in four overtimes on April 24, 1996. Petr Nedved lit the lamp with 45 seconds left of the fourth overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win in a game that lasted 139:15 in Game Four of the Conference Quarter Finals.

In a game that Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux would get ejected for slashing and fighting, Penguins goalie Ken Wregget made 53 saves after replacing injured starter Tom Barrasso, while Caps goalie Oali Kolzig made 62 saves. This game is also known for Joe Juneau missing a penalty shot in overtime for the Capitals, the first overtime penalty shot in NHL history. Michal Pivonka and Petr Bondra gave the Caps an early 2-0 lead and Jaromir Jagr scored in the second while Nedved scored his first of the night with 12 minutes remaining to send it to overtime.

AND ONE BONUS GAME (since it happened this year)...
OOOOT: The Vancouver Canucks handed the Dallas Stars a 5-4 loss when Henrik Sedin tallied a goal with 1:54 remaining in the fourth overtime on April 11 of this year. Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund, Markus Naslund, and Bryan Smolinski also scored for Vancouver, while Dallas had goals from Brenden Morrow, Trevor Daley, Antti Miettinen and Ladislav Nagy in the loss. Turco made 51 saves while Roberto Luongo made 72 stops.

NOW FOR THE KINGS...

The Kings have appeared in overtime in the playoffs 35 times (17 wins, 18 losses) in their history. They've never been involved in an overtime game that lasted longer than two periods.

86:31: Kings won at Vancouver, 4-3 6:31 into the second overtime on May 11, 1993. Center Gary Shuchuk, after being injured in the game, returned to score the game-winner in double overtime and put the Kings up 3-2 in the Division Finals. The Kings would close out the Canucks two days later with a 5-3 win.

84:48: The Edmonton Oilers handed the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 loss on April 20, 1991. Left Wing Petr Klima tallied the game winner for Edmonton at 4:48 of the second overtime. The Kings and Oilers would play another 2OT thriller just two nights later (see below).

83:14: The Kings earned a 4-3 win over Calgary on April 14, 1990 when C Mike Krushelnyski ended the contest 3:14 into the second overtime. The goal would clinch the series, 4-2 as Los Angeles advanced to the Division Finals.

82:41: The Kings' Glen Murray scored 2:41 into double overtime to beat Patrick Roy and the Avalanche, 1-0 on May 6, 2001. Felix Potvin made 33 saves in the shutout while Roy added 31. Nelson Emerson earned an assist on the play as the Kings won two straight games to force a deciding Game Seven after trailing in the series, three games to one.

80:48: The Kings lost 4-3 to Edmonton just 48 seconds into the second overtime when Esa Tikkanen scored for the Oilers on April 22, 1991. The Kings played in four overtime games in the series, in which they lost 4-2 to Edmonton in the Division Finals.