After six hours, five stoppage time and a total of 151 shots on goal, Tampa Bay Lightning won the epic Game 1 win over Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Brayden Point scored a goal in the 150th minute, 27 seconds to help Tampa Bay win 3-2.
“It’s very special,” said Yanni Gourde. “We’re all exhausted. We’re all looking for goals. When we all see that happening, it’s a lot of emotion.”
And on goal winning, there’s not much science for it: “I saw a ball rolling to me, I just threw it in the net. I didn’t even think,” said Point.
This is the fourth longest playoff match in NHL history – so long that the Boston Bruins-Carolina Hurricanes match, originally slated for Tuesday at 8pm ET, has been rescheduled for Wednesday. at 11 a.m. It takes about 90 minutes for the arena staff to disinfect the benches and clean the ice between games; including boots, Boston and Carolina face the usual start-up times for beer lovers.
Blue Jackets goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo made 85 saves, a new NHL record – topping New York Islanders goalkeeper Kelly Hrudey with 73 saves, set in 1987. Columbus made 62 saves. shot in the match.
The Lightning alone scored 88 shots on target, as much as the New York Rangers combined in three matches against Hurricanes in qualifying.
“I really hope that Korpisalo will break the 100 saves,” Hrudey said in a Sportsnet interview between the stoppage times. “And I really hope the game lasts to the point [Andrei] Vasilevskiy also broke my record. It was just an amazing performance. I have been waiting for this for at least 20 years. “
Vasilevskiy made 61 the save.
Defender Columbus Seth Jones also set a new NHL record for time on ice, skating in 65 minutes and 6 seconds, beating Sergei Zubov’s old record of 63 minutes 51 seconds, for the Dallas Stars in 2003. Jones even outpaced his father, ex-NBA Player Popeye Jones, in minutes playing in a game. The peak of Popeye Jones’ career was 56 minutes in 1996, while with the Toronto Raptors, in a three-time extra-time defeat to the Boston Celtics.
After the game, Seth Jones said he “feels fine” but he was confused with how the game was called.
“To me, the executive is a doubt,” says Jones.
Every player from each team registered a shot on goal except for Columbus’s Cam Atkinson, although Atkinson had a chance to break through just before Point scored. Atkinson dived into the net after being chased by a defender, but no penalty was taken.
At a TV standby time in fourth extra time, the large screen in the Scotiabank Arena without a fan announced it was time to extend the seventh inning. By the fifth extra time, a new message appeared: “Sorry if you have other plans tonight.”
Blue Jackets have tired legs, playing the sixth match in nine days, including two overtime matches.
The players on both sides reported that the mental fatigue was just as tired as the physical fatigue.
“There is no way to prepare for such a long game,” Point said.