Longest games in Stanley Cup final history

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron collides with Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford during Game 1 of...

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron collides with Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, June 12, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress

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Noodle legs. Aching hands. Mental exhaustion.

These are common symptoms a player develops during a hockey game as long as Wednesday’s night triple-overtime Stanley Cup final duel between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

Thanks to an Andrew Shaw deflection, the Hawks escaped nearly 110 minutes of action with a 4-3 win and 1-0 series lead.

Since the Cup was first awarded, in 1893, only four championship series games have lasted longer than Wednesday’s test of endurance.

4 – Chicago over Montreal in 1931 (113:50)

Another game featuring Chicago, a 3-2 win that needed 53:50 of extra time, is the fourth-longest in Stanley Cup final history.

Hawks defenceman Cy Wentworth, who scored only 39 goals in 577 regular-season NHL games, popped in the winner.

The result broke a 1-1 series tie, but Chicago lost the next two games to drop the best-of-five.

(Considering it was the 1930s, there is no video footage of Wentworth’s heroics.)

3 – Detroit over Carolina in 2002 (114:47)

The next-longest happened only 11 years ago, so its game-winning goal-scorer – Igor “The Professor” Larionov – is forever immortalized.

Thirteen seconds shy of hitting the 15-minute mark of the third overtime, Larionov found the top shelf while on a 2-on-1.

The win put the Detroit Red Wings up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. They never looked back, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes in five games.

2 – Buffalo over Dallas in 1999 (114:51)

Depending on who you talk to, the second-longest Stanley Cup final game was decided fairly or unfairly.

Brett Hull recently said he is still stopped in public to talk about his controversial triple-overtime goal in 1999’s Game 6.

Even 14 years later, debate rages on because his skate was in the crease.

Out of the five longest Cup final games, this is the only one that clinched the championship.

The Dallas Stars sniper picked up a rebound in front of the Buffalo Sabres crease and made no mistake.

1 – Edmonton over Boston in 1990 (115:13)

Long live Petr Klima – if you’re an Edmonton Oilers fan.

The winger was far from an NHL stud, yet he was the one to end an overtime stretch of 55:13 in 1990’s Game 1.

Klima went five-hole on Boston Bruins goalie Andy Moog, silencing the Boston Forum faithful.

Amazingly, there was also a 26-minute power outage that same, drawn-out night at the rink.


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