Marcus Kruger’s Triple-OT Winner Sinks the Ducks in Game 2 (Video)
The Chicago Blackhawks did not want to return home to the United Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals facing a 2-0 deficit against the Anaheim Ducks. And they won’t have to, thanks to some overtime magic from Marcus Krüger with under four minutes remaining in the third overtime of Game 2 last night.
Here’s a look at the goal:
Marcus Krüger may be the overtime hero of Game 2, but anyone who stuck around to watch the game from start to finish knows that the Hawks forward was lucky to still be playing after taking this nasty cross-check to the back from the Ducks’ Clayton Stoner early in the first period:
Stoner was assessed just a two-minute penalty for cross-checking, which hardly seemed fair at the time. But in the end, Krüger would get his revenge—even if it took him nearly 110 minutes of game-time to exact it.
As for the game itself, it was the longest in Chicago’s 89-year history, and it was also the longest game of the playoffs this season. In fact, at 116 minutes and 12 seconds, Game 2 between the Hawks and Ducks on Tuesday night was the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when the Dallas Stars needed four overtime periods to dispose of the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of their Western Conference semi-final series.
Game 3 between the Hawks and Ducks is set for Thursday in Chicago. Which team will be able to recover from last night’s marathon first? Tune in to find out.