By the numbers: Lightning defeat Blue Jackets in 5-OT NHL playoff thriller

What a begin to the Stanley Cup playoffs!

The primary recreation of the primary spherical was fairly a whirlwind. Time ticked away as afternoon become night time with possibilities on either side to finish the sport missed a number of instances. It was such a protracted recreation that it pressured the postponement of the Bruins and Hurricanes Recreation 1 matchup, which was set to begin at eight p.m. ET., to Wednesday morning.

Ultimately it was the Lightning’s Brayden Level that ended the fourth-longest extra time recreation in NHL historical past as he beat Joonas Korpisalo midway by means of the fifth extra time interval to offer Tampa Bay a Three-2 win.

Lots of information have been damaged on this one, and a few mind-boggling numbers have been posted. This is a take a look at these:


The recreation began at Three p.m. ET and ended at 9:22 p.m. ET. Ultimately, the groups performed greater than 150 minutes of hockey — greater than two regulation video games.

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This tweet was despatched at 7:18 p.m. ET.

This one was despatched at eight:21 p.m. ET, about an hour earlier than the sport ended. Korpisalo had already set a single-game report.

Whereas he was on the dropping finish, Korpisalo was brillant, stopping 85 of 88 photographs.


Earlier than the NHL’s restart, Seth Jones final performed an NHL recreation on Feb. eight. He went on to overlook the workforce’s final 14 video games of what was a truncated 2019-20 common season with a fractured foot.

Sure, Jones was in a position to skate through the pause on the Columbus facility as a result of he was recovering from an harm. However that is not game-action. Properly, do not inform the 25-year-old defenseman that it takes a while to get again into game-ready form. 

After he posted 32:40 and 33:11 in Recreation Three and four, respectively, in opposition to the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jackets defenseman 65 minutes and 6 seconds in Recreation 1. He set a minutes report when he hit the 64:13 mark.

Jones, by the best way, wasn’t the one man to hit the 60-minute mark. Teammate Zach Werenski skated 61:14. Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman, who was questionable to even play Tuesday after getting damage within the workforce’s closing round-robin recreation, led his squad with 57:38 TOI.


It has been virtually 20 years since a Lightning netminder made 60-plus saves in extra time. Again in 2003 agains the Washington Capitals, Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 60 of 61 within the Bolts three-overtime win to advance to the convention semifinals.


Between the groups, 35 gamers registered a shot on internet on this recreation; there’s 18 skaters on every workforce. The one participant who did not? Cam Atkinson.

Atkinson had an opportunity within the fifth extra time — not too lengthy earlier than Level received it — however was taken off the puck by Hedman as he broke in.


If it wasn’t for Korpisalo in internet, this recreation would have been over hours in the past. The Lightning registered 21 Excessive-Hazard Probabilities For together with 5 within the third extra time session (per Pure Stat Trick). 

And simply because that is most likely the one time you may see this, here is the warmth map throughout all conditions in Tuesday night time’s recreation:

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