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Don't like OT? Alternative could be 'Idol' and Melrose

Updated: April 19, 2007, 1:37 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

The opening game in the Canucks-Stars first-round series ended at 12:32 a.m. in Vancouver, 2:32 a.m. in Dallas, and -- in homage to George Carlin's Hippy-Dippy Weatherman -- 6:42 a.m. in Baltimore.

It summoned memories of, or at least references to, Detroit's 1-0 victory over the Montreal Maroons in 1936, when the game lasted well into a sixth overtime before the Wings' Mud Bruneteau ended it and Maroons star Hooley Smith must have been hanging his head in disappointment.

And the archival ...

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