By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — You realize, 2020 has been a bizarre one for all of us. The Stanley Cup Playoffs may as effectively fall in line.
For the dangolka Bruins, which means ready an additional 15 hours for the postseason to start, however not with out good purpose. That delay comes due to the Lightning and Blue Jackets hogging all the nice ice in Toronto on Tuesday afternoon and early night and, effectively, into late night time, as effectively.
These two groups performed an extended hockey sport. A really lengthy hockey sport. The longest hockey sport most dwelling of us have ever seen. (Be sincere: When playoff video games usually go into triple extra time, your eyes open up from slumber about as soon as each 15 minutes. You’ve by no means seen a multiple-overtime sport fairly like this.)
Because of this, Recreation 1 of the Bruins-Hurricanes sequence was moved from eight p.m. on Tuesday to 11 a.m. on Wednesday. That’s most likely not a complete lot of enjoyable for the gamers who acquired themselves mentally ready for playoff depth, however the fourth longest sport in NHL historical past can have some ripple results when it’s performed inside a bubble. There’s simply not sufficient ice to go round.
And on this case, a playoff sport, in an enviornment with no followers, at a impartial website, on a weekday with a three p.m. begin time, with seven and a half intervals performed. It was a reasonably uncommon night time.
Listed here are the 5 most astounding numbers from that historic sport — one for every interval of OT.
Video games are usually 60 minutes lengthy. This one was 150 minutes lengthy. One-hundred-fifty minutes and 27 seconds, to be precise.
When Brayden Level lastly ended the sport, it got here 10:27 into the fifth extra time interval. The earlier objective within the sport was scored simply 23 seconds into the third interval — greater than 110 minutes earlier.
It was the fourth-longest sport in NHL historical past, and the longest sport since Might of 2000.
(It supplied a scheduling inconvenience for the Bruins and Hurricanes, however primarily based on that historical past, it’s unlikely to occur once more.)
Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones is a workhorse, however even for him, that is ridiculous.
The person was on the ice for greater than 65 minutes on Tuesday afternoon and night. In doing so, he recorded probably the most ice time ever. By anyone. (For so long as it’s been tracked.)
It wasn’t a simple 65 minutes both … not that there’s such a factor. However as you may see from the one accessible photos of Jones from the sport, most of these minutes had been fairly bodily.
Beforehand, Sergei Zubov had the report, having skated for 63:51 for the Dallas Stars within the 2003 playoffs.
Sadly for Zubov and Jones … each gamers misplaced their video games.
That’s tough. The muscle mass are going to be a little bit further sore within the morning after the added ache of the loss.
Jones additionally did it with none actual relaxation. He averaged 29:28 within the five-game qualifying sequence, together with 26:29 of ice time in Sunday night time’s deciding Recreation 5.
Don’t fear about him, although.
Seth Jones: "I really feel fantastic." #CBJ
— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) August 12, 2020
He’s simply fantastic.
In case you didn’t know Joonas Korpisalo’s title earlier than Tuesday, you should now. The 26-year-old Finn stood tall after which some for Columbus, stopping 85 photographs from the Lightning earlier than finally permitting the game-winner.
Similar to Jones, Korpisalo set NHL historical past with that mark, simply passing the earlier all-time report of 73 saves.
It was principally three video games’ value of saves, all crammed into one. That’s a reasonably enjoyable reminiscence for a participant’s first actual, non-qualifying sequence playoff sport.
The flip aspect of this quantity could be 88, as in 88 photographs on objective for Tampa. That’s a brand new NHL report, beating Dallas’ earlier report of 76 by a mile.
(Andrei Vasilevskiy made 61 saves for Tampa, which might be a fairly large story on some other night time.)
In case you’ve ever watched a John Tortorella-coached staff, then you already know that he calls for that his gamers block photographs. Famous person objective scorer or fourth-line grinder, doesn’t matter: block the shot, silly.
The Columbus head coach needed to have been joyful together with his staff’s effort on this one, then, as his gamers mixed to dam 62 photographs. That’s plenty of dings, dents and bruises.
David Savard led the way in which in that division with 11 blocked photographs. Vladislav Gavrikov blocked 9, whereas Seth Jones and Boone Jenner blocked six photographs apiece. (Jenner additionally delivered a team-high six hits for the final word, licensed Robust Man Night time .)
This one doesn’t actually matter, as a result of the “hits” statistics has historically been the least dependable “stat” of all time. However, the statsheet says that 105 hits had been delivered on this one.
Regardless of having extra puck management, the Lightning registered extra hits, with 59 on the night time. The Jackets dished out 46. Cedric Paquette and Barclay Goodrow had been tied with a game-high seven hits apiece.
(Marvel if Korpisalo will get credit score for his hit, although.)
Not solely did the Lightning get 88 photographs on internet, and never solely did the Blue Jackets block 62 would-be photographs, however the Lightning additionally missed the web 38 occasions. Add these numbers collectively and also you get a whopping 188 shot makes an attempt from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Against this, the Blue Jackets had 111 shot makes an attempt within the marathon affair.
Brayden Level, aka Mr. Recreation Winner, positive took his possibilities, firing 13 photographs towards internet. 9 acquired there, and two went in.
Victor Hedman wasn’t fairly as profitable, as he tried 23 photographs — 9 of which acquired to the web, 12 of which had been blocked, and two of which missed the web — with out scoring a objective. Fellow D-man Zach Bogosian tried 14 photographs (seven on objective), whereas Nikita Kucherov had 16 shot makes an attempt of his personal. Erik Cernak had 12 shot makes an attempt, Mikhail Sergachev had 14, and Blake Coleman had 12 shot makes an attempt. None of them scored.
In any case of that, let’s hope for the sake of those gamers’ legs and psyches, the subsequent quantity they produce is zero — as in, zero extra time intervals performed for a short time. Similar to the Bruins and Hurricanes did, all of us want a little bit of a breather after that one.
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