If you're a hockey fan, you've discovered this spring that sleep is overrated.
After all, you're staying up late every night for the latest installment of the new hit show "Stanley Cup Playoff Overtime Hockey." Thursday, when there only was one game scheduled, was just the second time in the last 17 nights that at least one game didn't go past regulation.
With two rounds yet to play, we've already seen 20 overtime games through 63 games, a pace that would threaten the record of 28, set in 1993. The 20 overtime games in the first four weeks of the playoffs already are more than the 18 played all last year -- in fact, they are more than any full playoff year since 22 of 89 games went past regulation in 2003.
Unlike the last three years, when home teams did well in overtime, road clubs have had the better of play this year. Of the 20 overtime games so far, 13 have been won by the visiting team -- the most since road clubs won 13 of 21 in 1999. Home teams went 29-21 in overtime during the past three years, including 10-8 last season -- although the Chicago Blackhawks
won the Stanley Cup with an overtime victory in Game 6 in Philadelphia. The last year road teams had the better of the results was 2007, when the visitors won 12 of the 17 games that went to overtime.