In a sport that often sees fast paced attacking play and plenty of goals, overtime isn’t quite so common in NHL. However, the record for an NHL game day has been 8 games heading to overtime in the one evening. That happened way back on February 22nd, 2017, and was also matched on November 27th, 2015. Now, we can add a third date to that prestigious list – 7th February, 2019.
On Thursday, we seen the record of 8 (out of 12) matched with overtime needed. Indeed, this weekend we witnessed eight matches in total for games that went to overtime, including big games including the likes of St. Louis and Tampa Bay (1-0 St. Louis, Brayden Schenn) and also Florida versus Pittsburgh (3-2 Florida, Michael Matheson) probably produced two of the better matches. The highest score, though, was seen when Carolina took on Buffalo, finishing 6-5 to Carolina (Teuvo Teravainen) – Chicago versus Vancouver was great, too, with Chicago winning 4-3 (Jonathon Toews).
It’s safe to say then, that this is not likely to be repeated in the near future. It is interesting, though, that this has happened three times in the last 12-years, having never taken place before now. Does this show that NHL sides are typically more resilient and likely to see a match out more than they used to be?
Whatever the cause of this is, it’s fair to say that users got more viewing than they probably would have bargained for when they went to watch their respective sides.