It took five overtime periods, but the Tampa Bay Lightning can finally breathe as it has registered a first victory in its history against the Blue Jackets in Columbus during the playoffs, winning the first duel of this series quarter-final of the Association Is at the count of 3 to 2 on Tuesday in Toronto.
It’s Brayden Point, who has put an end to the debate by beating the goalie Joonas Korpisalo, and this, after 150 minutes, and 27 seconds of the game. It is also the fourth longest match in the history of the national hockey League (NHL).
Despite the setbacks, the masked man of the Jackets dropped an NHL record belonging to Kelly Hrudey achieving no less than 85 stops. The former representative of the New York Islanders had pushed the 73-washers during a game against the Washington Capitals in April 1987. Remember that the Blue Jackets had swept the first series between the two teams last spring. The club florida had yet experienced the best regular season in its history, winning the trophy of the Presidents.
Replicate every time
Yet, the Blue Jackets began the match with confidence, opening quickly the score. Pierre-Luc Dubois has been deflecting a shot that had already been redirected the first time to deceive the vigilance of Andrei Vasilevskiy, after only 2 min 39 s to gambling. The Quebec now has amassed four goals and six points in six parts of the post-season.
Just as he did it a second time later after a pass from Oliver Bjorkstrand, the Lightning was, however, replicated. Point tied it up for the first time in bypassing him also firing a shot, and then Yanni Gourde was credited with a goal in the third period, when the goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was inadvertently pushed himself the puck into his net with his leg.
In front of his net, Vasilevskiy has been put to the test in 61 times. A total of 151 shots that were made by the two formations. This represents the highest number of shots made by both teams in a single game since that penalty shots have begun to be officially recognised in 1955.
The defender Lightning’s Victor Hedman was in uniform, he who had left the ice prematurely during the meeting on Saturday to face the Philadelphia Flyers. He attempted 23 shots and was the player most used in the “Bolts”, he who has weathered for 57 min 38 s.
However, it has not been the player the most used at this meeting. Rather, it is the defender of the Blue Jackets Seth Jones, who has won the prize with a total of 65 min 6 sec on ice. His partner on the blue line, Zack Werenski has not been forgotten, with 61 min 14 s
The two back americans have become the fourth and fifth players in the history of the NHL has played for more than an hour. They join a select club that includes Sergei Zubov, Derian Hatcher and Dan McGillis.
In consequence of this duel marathon, the clash between the Boston Bruins and the Hurricanes of the Caroline has been postponed to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. The second game of the series between the Lightning and the Blue Jackets will take place on Thursday 15-h.
The five longest games in NHL history
- Detroit Red Wings (1) c. Montreal Maroons (0) – 176 min 30 s – 6e extension – march 24, 1936
- Toronto Maple Leafs (1) v. Boston Bruins (0) – 164 min 46 s – 6e extension – 3 April 1933
- Philadelphia Flyers (2) v. Pittsburgh Penguins (1) – 152 min 1 s – 4 may 2000
- The Tampa Bay Lightning (3) c. Blue Jacket Columbus (2) – 150 min 27 s – 11 August 2020
- Migthy Ducks of Anaheim (4) v. Dallas Stars (3) – 140 min 48 s – April 24, 2004