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The Friday Five: Overtime Dramatics

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

On Wednesday night, the New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals after not one, not two, but three overtime periods in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. As the Chicago Blackhawks are rather familiar with overtime playoff hockey, we give you The Friday Five: Overtime Edition.

1. The 2012 Blackhawks-Coyotes Western Conference quarterfinal series is the second playoff series in NHL history to reach overtime five consecutive games.

The 1951 Stanley Cup Final saw the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens go to five straight overtime decisions.

2. The Blackhawks played an NHL record-breaking seven straight overtime playoff games over the course of the 2011 and 2012 postseasons.

Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Vancouver Canucks were decided in extra time. Games 1-5 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes went to overtime, adding 38:19 to the series.

3. The Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cup championships with overtime goals.

Harold “Mush” March was the first Blackhawk to clinch a Stanley Cup with an overtime goal on April 10, 1934, against the Detroit Red Wings after 30:05 of extra time. More recently, Patrick Kane slipped the puck through Flyers goalie Michael Leighton 4:06 into overtime on June 9, 2010, to win the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup in 49 years.

4.The longest overtime playoff game in Blackhawks history lasted an additional 53:50.

Cy Wentworth netted the game-winner after almost three periods of extra play in the 1931 Stanley Cup Final in Montreal. The longest overtime game in NHL history lasted a total of 116:30. Mud Bruneteau put in the game-winner for Detroit on March 24, 1936, when the Red Wings defeated the Montreal Maroons in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup semifinals.

5. The fastest overtime playoff goal in franchise history was scored 12 seconds into the period.

Just 12 seconds into overtime, Martin Havlat’s wrist shot beat Miikka Kiprusoff to win Game 1 of the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Calgary Flames at the United Center. The fastest overtime playoff game-winning goal in NHL history took place on May 18, 1986, when Brian Skrudland of the Montreal Canadiens ended Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in 9 seconds against the Calgary Flames.

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