There’s nothing higher than NHL playoff extra time. If somebody tries to let you know in any other case, don’t pay any consideration to them. They’re loopy.
Right here’s a snapshot of the NHL’s 16 playoff groups and the way they’ve accomplished in post-season OT. Groups are ranked by variety of playoff extra time wins, with their playoff OT successful proportion in parentheses.
Toronto Maple Leafs: 58-56-1 (.504)There’s no crying in baseball, and there’s no tying in NHL playoff extra time. Nicely, aside from Recreation 2 of the 1951 semifinal between Toronto and Boston. The Maple Leafs and Bruins had been knotted at 1-1 by means of three durations, and neither workforce was capable of rating within the first 20 minutes of extra time. It was practically midnight on a Saturday, and as a consequence of metropolis bylaws in Toronto, the sport couldn’t proceed into the early morning hours of Sunday. So, they known as it off, travelled to Boston, and performed the second Recreation 2 in two days. It labored out nicely for the Leafs, not a lot for the Bruins. Boston had gained the opener and will’ve grabbed a 2-Zero collection edge if solely they may’ve scored in extra time. However they didn’t, and Toronto gained the following 4 video games to advance to the Stanley Cup remaining, the place they beat Montreal in 5 video games. (Associated: That was the yr Invoice Barilko scored his well-known Cup-winning aim after which died in a airplane crash whereas on a fishing journey in Northern Ontario. To cite The Tragically Hip: The final aim he ever scored (in extra time) / Gained the Leafs the Cup / They didn’t win one other until 1962 / The yr he was found.)
Boston Bruins: 57-73-Three (.429)Maintain on, the Bruins have three ties in playoff extra time? On prime of the 1951 draw towards Toronto, Boston had a pair of ties again within the 1927 Stanley Cup remaining towards the (authentic) Ottawa Senators. In accordance with a narrative within the Ottawa Citizen, Boston and Ottawa performed two 10-minute extra time durations in Recreation 1 however failed to attain (neither workforce scored within the first 60 minutes, both). To cite the newspaper: “Within the 20-minute extra time interval, the ice grew to become so lumpy that the gamers had been unable to pilot the puck. Consequently, NHL president Frank Calder ordered the sport ended on the finish of 80 minutes of play.” The Bruins and Senators additionally skated to a 1-1 tie in Recreation Three, enjoying a scoreless extra time interval that lasted 10 or maybe 20 minutes. In the long run, Ottawa was awarded the Stanley Cup after successful the collection 2-Zero-2.
Colorado Avalanche: 38-29 (.567)Absolutely the Avs’ greatest playoff OT win got here within the 1996 Stanley Cup remaining, when Uwe Krupp scored in triple extra time to offer Colorado a 1-Zero victory and four-game sweep over upstart Florida.
St. Louis Blues: 35-31 (.530)Of their first NHL season in 1967-68, the Blues made it to the Stanley Cup remaining out of the league’s new growth division (and did so once more in ’68-69 and ’69-70). St. Louis went Four-2 in playoff extra time within the first two rounds en path to collection wins over Minnesota and Philadelphia, however misplaced twice in extra time towards Montreal within the Cup remaining and had been swept in 4 video games.
New York Islanders: 34-16 (.680)Maybe you like Bob Nystrom’s Recreation 6 OT winner towards Philadelphia within the 1980 Cup remaining to kick-start the Isles’ four-peat dynasty. Or perhaps you want Pat LaFontaine’s Recreation 7 quadruple-overtime winner towards Washington within the ‘Easter Epic’ in 1987. And hey, don’t neglect David Volek’s Recreation 7 extra time aim that prevented Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins from going for a 3rd straight Cup in 1993.
Washington Capitals: 32-36 (.471)With the Caps trailing 2-Zero of their first-round collection towards Columbus final spring, Lars Eller scored halfway by means of double extra time in Recreation Three. And the remaining is historical past.
Pittsburgh Penguins: 30-31 (.492)The Penguins’ final playoff OT win got here in Recreation 7 of the Japanese Convention remaining towards Ottawa. Chris Kunitz’s aim at 5:09 of the second extra time interval despatched Pittsburgh to the Cup remaining, the place they beat Nashville for his or her second consecutive championship.
Dallas Stars: 30-40 (.429)Narrator’s voice: “The yr was 1999. The scene: the Stanley Cup remaining. Brett Hull, together with his skate firmly planted within the crease, scored in triple extra time to ship Dallas its first-ever Stanley Cup.”
San Jose Sharks: 23-23 (.500)The Sharks don’t play favorites. They’re 10-10 in playoff OT at residence and 13-13 in playoff OT on the street.
Carolina Hurricanes: 21-14 (.600)The Hurricanes’ final playoff OT win got here in Recreation 7 of their second-round victory over Boston in 2009. That was additionally their final playoff win, interval, as they had been swept within the semis by Pittsburgh and haven’t been since seen within the post-season till this yr.
Calgary Flames: 18-27 (.400)The Flames had been on the fallacious aspect of the quickest playoff extra time in NHL historical past, as Montreal’s Brian Skrudland wanted solely 9 seconds to carry the Canadiens to victory in Recreation 2 of the Cup remaining. The Habs went on to win the following three video games to take the title.
Tampa Bay Lightning: 15-Eight (.652)Martin St-Louis scored a biggie in double extra time of Recreation 6 within the 2004 Cup remaining. It prolonged the collection to seven video games, and finally the Lightning gained their first-ever Stanley Cup. After all, in the event you ask Flames followers, Martin Gelinas’ aim late within the third interval of Recreation 6 ought to’ve counted. However that’s one other story.
Nashville Predators: Eight-Eight (.500)The Predators joined the NHL in 1998-99 and made the playoffs for the primary time in 2004. They misplaced within the first spherical, a sample which repeated itself the following 4 occasions they made the playoffs. It wasn’t till 2011 that Nashville gained a playoff spherical, and that collection victory included their first playoff extra time win, a Recreation 5 OT choice over Anaheim, with Jerrod Smithson needing simply 1:57 of additional time to carry the Preds.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Four-Three (.571)The Blue Jackets’ seven playoff extra time video games have all come towards Washington or Pittsburgh. Columbus went 2-2 in further time towards the Capitals final spring, and a mixed 2-1 towards the Penguins in first-round clashes in 2014 and 2017. That’s fairly good, besides that the Jackets are nonetheless in search of their first playoff collection victory in franchise historical past.
Vegas Golden Knights: 2-1 (.667)William Karlsson and Erik Haula are tied for probably the most playoff OT objectives in Vegas historical past, with one apiece.
Winnipeg Jets: Zero-2 (.000)The Atlanta Thrashers performed a grand whole of 4 playoff video games and by no means noticed extra time. The Jets have no less than pressured further time on a few events, however they’re nonetheless searching for a motive to rejoice.
Tags: nhl, playoffs, stanley cup playoffsConnect: Concerning the AuthorSam McCaigCopy editor Sam McCaig rejoined The Hockey Information in 2017 after beforehand working at THN from 1999 to 2010. His profession excessive for objectives in a season is one.