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The Short And Long Of It

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
Martin Havlat's overtime winning goal in the opening game of the Calgary series tied the Blackhawks record for the fastest OT score when his wrist shot beat Mikka Kiprusoff only 12 seconds into the sudden death frame.

Havlat’s tally was also the third fastest in NHL history following  the top two -- .9 and 11 seconds.

The original league  playoff record came on April 9, 1972 at Pittsburgh when the late Pit Martin also scored in 12 seconds to give the Hawks a four-game sweep of the Penguins.

I was fortunate to be there doing color commentary with the late Lloyd Petit. Also in that game, Bobby Hull registered his last Hawks hat trick.

Also, I was on hand the for longest overtime game in Chicago, which came on March 26, 1961, at the Stadium. Murray Balfour scored at 12:12 of the 3rd extra period. The game ended at almost 2 am.

The Canadiens' Henri Richard had tied the contest at 1-1 in the closing seconds of the 3rd period. The Hawks would go on to capture their third Stanley Cup.

However, the longest OT game in Hawks history occurred in Montreal, 41 years to the day before Pit Martin's fastest  goal. Cy Wentworth's tally came at 13:50 of the third overtime on April 9, 1931, to beat the Canadiens 3-2.

I wasn't around then!
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