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Hawks-Canucks provide eighth straight night of OT

Wednesday, 04.27.2011 / 1:46 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Hawks-Canucks provide eighth straight night of OT
If playoff overtime hockey is your thing, 2011 is your year.

For a record eighth consecutive night, at least one Stanley Cup Playoff game went to overtime. The stakes were especially high on Tuesday – Chicago and Vancouver took the seventh and deciding game of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series into OT before the Canucks won 2-1 on Alexandre Burrows' second goal of the night, which came 5:22 into the extra period.

Before this year, the longest streak with an overtime game was April 13-19, 2001, when 12 games went beyond regulation. There have been a total of 13 OT games since this year's playoffs started on April 13, 11 have come in the past eight nights.

Eight of the 11 OT games during the eight-night streak have been decided in one overtime; the other three went two overtimes.

The Hawks-Canucks game was the 32nd time in NHL history that a Game 7 went into overtime. Before Tuesday's game, it hadn’t happened since 2009, when Carolina's Scott Walker scored the winner to beat Boston 3-2 and give the Hurricanes a 4-3 series victory in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Canucks' victory evened the home-road split at 16-16 – and ended a 7-1 run by the road teams.

Amazingly for the Hawks, an Original Six team, it was the first time they'd ever gone to overtime in a Game. 7. The Canucks evened their record at 2-2 – the other victory came in 1994, when Pavel Bure scored to beat Calgary in the first round.
Quote of the Day

I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final