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Hawks-Canucks provide eighth straight night of OT

by John Kreiser
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.
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