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🏃Off and Running: There’s been a lot of hockey played since Tuesday — here are some updates on where the 16 teams stand.
Think 2020 Couldn’t Get Anymore Bizarre?
Think Again: The first official game of the Stanley Cup playoffs finished nearly seven hours after the broadcast began. Brayden Point scored on the Lightning’s 88th shot, ending Joonas Korpisalo’s record setting night at 85 saves — the most ever in an NHL game.
More Details: At 150 minutes and 27 seconds, the game stands as the fourth longest in NHL history — it took so long that they Bruins vs. Hurricanes game was rescheduled to the next morning.
Records on Records: Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones logged just over 65 minutes of ice time — the most since the NHL started tracking the stat in 1997. The 151 combined shots by the Lightning and Blue Jackets was also the most in league history.
And if that wasn’t crazy enough, the Bruins/Hurricanes game the next morning went to double overtime. Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron netted the winner just over a minute into double OT, giving the Bs a 1-0 series lead.
Crime Scene: Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour was not pleased with the officiating, telling a local news outlet, “This is why the league’s a joke, in my opinion, on these things. That one is a crime scene.” The comments earned Brind’Amour a $25,000 fine.