Fifth overtime for the Lightning and the Blue Jackets
The first game of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets will be decided in fifth overtime. The two teams are tied 2-2 after 140 minutes of play.
Swept in four games in the first round by these same Jackets last year, the Florida team wants revenge. We will see, Tuesday, if she can sign a first playoff win against her rivals. If she succeeds, she certainly will not have stolen it after this interminable marathon.
The Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo has delayed 85 shots to date to break the record in one game save in NHL history. The mark belonged to Kelly Hrudey, who established it on April 18, 1987 by fending off 73 shots in a 3-2 victory for the New York Islanders over the Washington Capitals in fourth overtime.
Unsurprisingly, Jon Cooper’s squad set an NHL record for the number of shots in a game – the previous mark of 83 belonged to the 1941 Boston Bruins. On the other hand, Andrei Vasilevskiy didn’t have to outdo himself as much as his counterpart, but he still faced 60 shots.
The second matchup in the series takes place on Thursday (3 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN), and it’s questionable whether players will have enough time to recover after both sides set a record for the longest game. throughout the history of their dealership.
As of this writing, it was also the fifth longest game in NHL history. The defender of the Blue Jackets, Seth jones, was the most used player of the evening (61:13).
An eye for an eye
Jon Cooper’s squad did not have the lead of the game, but they never let the Blue Jackets widen the gap. Better not take a chance against such a strong team on defense.
Brayden Point replied to the power play goal of Pierre-Luc Dubois, only 3:48 after the Quebecer had scored his fourth in the series by deflecting Alexandre Texier’s shot at the start of the first period.
Video: CBJ @ TBL: Dubois touches to score
Oliver bjorkstrand gave the visitors the lead with 48 seconds left in the second period with a powerful unannounced shot that ended its run in the skylight. But, with only 23 seconds elapsed in third, Yanni Gourde brought both teams back to square one.
He didn’t know it at the time, but the tying goal was going to cost him some extra effort.