Sunday, April 24, 2011
Another day of OT games on horizon?
By Vince Masi
With the Bruins and Canadiens going into double-OT Saturday night, there has now been at least one OT game each of the previous five calendar days.
According to Elias, the last time there were at least five straight days with at least one postseason OT game was in 2001 when there were seven straight days from April 13-19.
Could more OT be heading our way Sunday? If so, expect it to be special; in the past, on April 24, there have been some memorable OT games in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
April 24, 1993 – Buffalo Sabres 6, Boston Bruins 5 (OT)
Brad May completes the series sweep for the Sabres with a brilliant breakaway goal. But this goal is more memorable for the call by Sabres announcer Rick Jeanerette, where he can be heard screaming, “MAY DAY! MAY DAY!, MAY DAY!”
April 24, 1996 – Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Washington Capitals 2 (4OT)
Petr Nedved gives the Penguins the win with a goal with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime. It was the third-longest game in NHL history (now fifth-longest). The game also features the first penalty shot in an OT period when Joe Juneau of the Capitals was stopped by Ken Wregget. Steve Levy had the call in that game for ESPN.
April 24, 2003 – Anaheim Ducks 4, Dallas Stars 3 (5OT)
The Mighty Ducks had just come off an OT win over the Red Wings to complete a sweep, so why not start the next series with another epic game? This one goes into a fifth OT as Petr Sykora scores 48 seconds into the eighth period of play making it the fourth-longest game in NHL history. Shockingly, Steve Levy was also on the mic for this one and had his memorable “the game that would not end, just has” call.
April 24, 2006 – Colorado Avalanche 5, Dallas Stars 4 (OT)
Joe Sakic records his seventh career OT goal, this one sets the Stanley Cup Playoff career record. Sakic passes Maurice Richard, who had held the record since March 29, 1951. Sakic would score another in 2008 to finish his career with eight career OT goals. The active leaders in OT goals are Chris Drury and Jamie Langenbrunner, who each have four.
There are three games scheduled for Sunday: Philadelphia at Buffalo, Vancouver at Chicago, and Anaheim at Nashville. Could there be more memorable overtime games on the horizon?