Dustin Boyd scored six seconds into the third overtime period on Monday night, ending the longest Game 7 in the American Hockey League's 75-year-history and sending the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory against the Manitoba Moose at Copps Coliseum in the decisive game of the North Division Finals.
Hamilton, the top affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, advances to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight spring. The Bulldogs will battle the winner of another Game 7, as Milwaukee is set to host Houston on Tuesday night to decide the West Division playoff champion.
It was the 17th Game 7 in AHL history to go to overtime but the first to extend to a second overtime, let alone a third.
Boyd, who began the 2010-11 season in Montreal, scored the game-winner unassisted. A Winnipeg native, Boyd won the opening draw of the third overtime forward, dumped the puck in, skated around a defenseman, and swatted his own carom off the end boards over the shoulder of Manitoba rookie goaltender Eddie Lack, who made 55 saves.
The goal vindicated a relentless attack by Hamilton, which outshot Manitoba 24-14 in the overtime periods and 57-30 for the game overall.
Bulldogs goaltender Drew MacIntyre earned the victory with 29 saves on 30 shots.