Overtime Everywhere! All Four NHL Playoff Games Decided in OT on Monday (Videos)
Monday night was one of the wildest nights in the history of the NHL. There were four playoff games, and each one—Senators-Bruins, Capitals-Leafs, Blackhawks-Predators, Ducks-Flames—was decided in sudden death overtime.
It wasn’t quite a record, but it was damn close. According to Hockey Night in Canada‘s David Amber it was just the third time there had been four overtime playoff games on the same night, and it was the first time since 1985.
Historic night in the NHL- 3rd time we have 4 overtime playoff games on the same night. April 11, 1980 and April 10th 1985.
— David Amber (@DavidAmber) April 18, 2017
These weren’t boring 1-1 affairs, either. Each of the four games went to overtime after one of the teams erased a two-goal deficit.
As you can imagine, hockey fans were absolutely losing their minds.
For the third time tonight, we’re heading to OVERTIME! pic.twitter.com/gjXI788qTG
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 18, 2017
When all 4 NHL games go into overtime… pic.twitter.com/4hP12hRlkV
— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) April 18, 2017
— Chirp Fest Hockey (@Chirp_X_Fest) April 18, 2017
Four #StanleyCup Playoff games on Monday.
Four overtimes. pic.twitter.com/WQhG2zQ7PX
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) April 18, 2017
— Taylor Temby (@TayTembs) April 18, 2017
— Ian Campbell (@iancampbell94) April 18, 2017
Wanna see the sudden death goals? You got it.
We’ll start in Toronto. The 8th-seeded Maple Leafs trailed the Capitals 2-0 in the first and 3-1 in the second. However, they came back to tie the game 3-3 by the end of the second. And after a scoreless third the Leafs took a 2-1 series lead over the Stanley Cup favorites on a redirection by Tyler Bozak just 1:37 into OT:
Over in Boston, the Senators jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Bruins but coughed it up by the end of the second period. However, the Senators were able to redeem themselves. Five and a half minutes into overtime, Erik Karlsson broke loose from a defender in the neutral zone and fired a pass up ice to Bobby Ryan, who finished a beautiful give-and-go with Kyle Turris to give Ottawa a 2-1 series lead:
In Nashville, after being shut out the first two games at home, the Blackhawks finally managed to get a couple of pucks past Pekka Rinne in the second period of game 3. However, the Preds came back to tie the game in the third on two goals from Filip Forsberg. Then Kevin Fiala scored a beauty in overtime to give Nashville a 3-0 series lead and put Chicago on the brink of a first-round elimination for the second year in a row:
Finally, out in Calgary, the Flames led the Ducks 4-1 at one point in the second and took a 4-2 lead into the third. However, the Ducks tied the game up in the third, and Corey Perry gave his team a 3-0 series lead thanks to a pretty lucky bounce a minute and a half into overtime:
Good luck topping that, Tuesday.