On today in 1996, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in 139 minutes and 15 seconds of total action, creating it the fifth-longest match in the annals of the National Hockey League.
A regulation hockey game lasts 60 minutes. According to NHL guidelines, playoff matches aren’t permitted to result in a tie, so teams need to hold going-in sudden death, 20-minute periods-until somebody wins. In theory, an NHL game could continue on with nobody winning forever, though it has ever happened never. On April 24, throughout Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals match between the Penguins and Capitals, the overall game went right into a fourth overtime before Pittsburgh’s Petr Nedved scored the winning goal with significantly less than one minute left in the OT period. The Penguins ultimately won the series in six games and sophisticated to another round, where they defeated the New York Rangers in five games. However, Pittsburgh ultimately lost the Eastern Conference Finals that year to the Florida Panthers, in seven games.
The longest-ever NHL game occurred on March 24, 1936, once the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons, 1-, in six overtimes for a complete of 176 minutes and 30 seconds. Mud Bruneteau scored the winning goal. Hockey’s second-longest game involved six overtimes between your Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins on April 3, 1933. Toronto won the overall game, 1-, in 164 minutes 46 seconds. On May 4, 2000, the third-lengthiest match, between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended after 152 minutes and 1 second, with the victory likely to Philadelphia, 2-1. Dallas, Texas, was the website of hockey’s fourth-longest game, once the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-3, in 140 minutes and 48 seconds.