Longest game played in National Hockey League history

Ross Houston
August 14, 2020

The NHL playoffs had some history on Tuesday night... some really long history.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets are back on the ice for Game 2 of their playoff series after a five-overtime thriller in Tuesday's Game 1.

This was the fourth longest game in National Hockey League history and at points it felt like it might never end.

Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 85 saves - itself a record for a National Hockey League game.


Game 2 today (2 p.m. CDT, NBC Sports Network) will come quickly for second-seeded Tampa Bay and seventh-seeded Columbus in their Eastern Conference series that opened with a game that needed six-plus hours to determine a victor. We're excited about that challenge as a forward group to help out our D a little more and do our job. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads the team averaging 0.3. The Lightning sent 171 shot attempts toward the net over the seven-plus periods of action, while Columbus had 100.

The Lightning scored with just over nine and a half minutes left in the fifth overtime period to earn a three-two win.

'They're still a bunch of kids, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. It took so long that another game had to be postponed. The game, which started at 3:09 p.m., lasted more than six hours, with the Lightning winning 3-2 on a goal by Brayden Point.

"You know the one sad thing", Cooper said.


'I think it was a good battle for us, a good test to be able to shut it down.

"We're going to be ready because I think we're going to see the best version of the Columbus Blue Jackets", Shattenkirk said.

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