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Predators beat Sharks to win longest game of playoffs

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by NHL.com @PR_NHL / NHL.com

PREDS WIN LONGEST GAME OF 2016 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, EVEN SERIES

Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game at 11:12 of the third overtime to help the Nashville Predators win the longest game of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and even the Western Conference Second Round with the San Jose Sharks at two games apiece.

* The Predators, who tied the game with 4:21 remaining in the third period, improved to 3-7 in Stanley Cup Playoff overtime games and earned their first playoff overtime victory at home (1-3). Half of their postseason overtime games have required multiple overtimes, including their past three (0-2 vs. CHI in 2015 FR).

* The Predators tied a best-of-7 playoffs series at 2-2 after losing the first two games for the third time in franchise history (also 2004 and 2008 CQFs, both vs. DET).

* Both playoff overtime games between the Sharks and Predators have extended past the first overtime. Sharks forward Patrick Rissmiller scored the winner in Game 1 of the 2007 Conference Quarterfinals (88:14) in the Predators' first playoff overtime game.

* Fisher, who has one other multigoal playoff game (Game 1 of 2011 CQF at ANA), scored his second playoff overtime goal (also Game 6 of 2004 CQF vs. TOR w/ OTT).

Video: SJS@NSH, Gm4: Fisher tallies twice, evens series 2-2

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Dallas 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT) - series tied 2-2

NASHVILLE 4, San Jose 3 (3OT) - series tied 2-2

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: TRIPLE-OVERTIME

At 111:12, the Predators played their longest game, eclipsing the previous mark of 101:00 set on April 21, 2015 at the Chicago Blackhawks, a 3-2 loss in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round.

The game was the second-longest in Sharks history, behind a 129:03 game on May 4, 2008, a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals that stands as the eighth-longest game in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

A closer look at the longest game thus far in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

* Local Start Time: 8:10 p.m. CT

* Local End Time: 1:03 a.m. CT

* Total Playing Time: 111:12

* Top Three TOI Leaders: Roman Josi (NSH) - 49:42, Shea Weber (NSH) - 49:07, Brent Burns (SJS) - 47:35

* Total Shots on Goal: 92 (NSH: 45, SJS: 47)

* Saves: Pekka Rinne (NSH) - 44 (25 in OT), Martin Jones (SJS) - 41 (17 in OT)

* Shots on Goal Leaders (by team): James Neal (NSH) - 8, Brent Burns (SJS) - 8

* Total Blocked Shots: 73 (NSH: 39, SJS: 34)

* Blocked Shots Leaders (by team): Shea Weber (NSH) - 7, Brent Burns / Paul Martin (SJS) - 7

* Total Hits: 73 (NSH: 39, SJS: 34)

* Hits Leaders (by team): Shea Weber (NSH) - 8, Tommy Wingels (SJS) - 5

* Total Faceoffs: 102 (NSH: 58, SJS: 44)

* Faceoff Wins Leaders (by team): Mike Fisher (NSH) - 16, Joe Pavelski / Chris Tierney (SJS) - 11

EAKIN, STARS EVEN SERIES WITH OT WIN

Cody Eakin scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff overtime goalto lift the Dallas Stars to a Game 4 victory and even the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues at 2-2.

Video: STL@DAL, Gm4: Eakin beats Elliott for OT winner

* Eakin, who has two overtime goals in 319 regular-season games, has collected three goals, including two game-winners, and 13 points in 16 playoff games.

* Jamie Benn had two assists to maintain his position as the top point-producer in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-9-14).

* The Stars/Minnesota North Stars franchise improved to 30-39 in playoff overtime games, including a 17-17 mark on the road and 7-11 record against the Blues.

OVERTIME: DID YOU KNOW?

Six of 15 games thus far in the second round have required overtime, including the past three and four in the past three days.

* Overall, 13 of 62 games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime, with road teams holding a 7-6 advantage. Four games have extended past the first overtime, with home and road teams each winning twice.

GALLANT, RUFF AND TROTZ VOTED JACK ADAMS AWARD FINALISTS

The NHL announced that the Florida Panthers' Gerard Gallant, the Stars' Lindy Ruff and the Washington Capitals' Barry Trotz are the finalists for the 2016 Jack Adams Award, presented to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."

Click here for more information.

The finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award will be unveiled prior to play Friday.

NHL RALLIES TO SUPPORT FORT MCMURRAY WILDFIRE RELIEF

The NHL announced that it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alberta, joining the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, the League's two Alberta-based teams, who each contributed the same amount Wednesday.

Blues forward Scottie Upshall, a Fort McMurray native, recorded a special message to rally support for the Blues' 50/50 raffle, which raised funds for relief efforts.

LOOSE PUCKS

Predators forward Colin Wilson (1-2-3), who scored 41 seconds after the opening faceoff, extended his point streak to five games (3-4-7) to match the longest run in franchise playoff history. … The Sharks' Brent Burns (2-0-2) became the third Sharks defenseman to score multiple goals in a playoff game, joining Sandis Ozolinsh (Game 2 of 1995 CQF at CGY) and Dan Boyle (Game 3 of 2009 CQF at ANA). … Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1-2) scored his sixth goal of the postseason, one behind Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the League lead. … The Panthers signed forward Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract. Jagr, 44, led the Panthers with 66 points in 2015-16, becoming the oldest player in League history with a 60-point season. … The Arizona Coyotes named John Chayka, 26, as general manager and signed coach Dave Tippett to five-year contract extension. Click here for more information. … NHL LiveWire: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was mic'd up for the Penguins' overtime win in Game 4 against the Washington Capitals.

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