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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

Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.

— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season