August 12, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 6 comments

One of my favorite parts of yesterday's marathon Lightning vs Blue Jackets' game was how the stadium crew had a "7th inning stretch" graphic ready for the break in 4OT.

Korpisalo set the modern NHL record with 85 saves; he was under siege for over 6 hours.

It was the 4th longest game in NHL history at 90:27.

posted by FLsportsman at 08:20 AM on August 12, 2020

After all that time and effort, I hate it for Columbus how that game ended.

posted by NoMich at 09:17 AM on August 12, 2020

I have now watched the ends of the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, and 12th longest games in NHL history as they happened. I'm not sure how I missed #5.

Once it gets into a 3rd overtime, I start hoping it'll be the one that breaks the record.

I've only had a rooting interest in two of those listed long overtime games (a loss to Philly and a win over Ottawa), so as a neutral observer most of the time it's just fascinating to watch.

posted by grum@work at 09:57 AM on August 12, 2020

I agree, grum. I've never been a fully-invested hockey fan, but for me, golden goal playoff hockey--especially if it happens to be game 6 or 7--is some of the finest viewing the world of sports has to offer. And it might even be better when I don't care which team comes out on top.

posted by bender at 10:15 AM on August 12, 2020

"Hey @NHL, not to tattle but we were supposed to play at 8:00 and the @BlueJacketsNHL and @TBLightning won't get off the ice"

posted by rcade at 11:01 AM on August 12, 2020

Win or lose the length of that game hurts Columbus. Torts usually has the advantage of playing the league's best defensive pair as much as he likes. He did so in this game and I suspect even though Jones and Werenski recover faster than older players it will take it's toll.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:02 AM on August 12, 2020

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