Marcus Kruger’s goal on Chicago’s 54th shot of the night capped off the longest game in Blackhawks history and tied their Western Conference Final series with the Anaheim Ducks 1-1. The triple-overtime game lasted 116 minutes and 12 seconds.
The three exciting overtime periods included three posts hit by the Ducks and an Andrew Shaw head-butt goal that was disallowed. The teams combined for 118 shots on goal.
Both goaltenders were sensational, but Chicago’s Corey Crawford was outstanding. He make a career-high 60 saves en route to victory. Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen also set a career high with 53 saves.
Shaw and Marian Hossa opened the scoring early in the first period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead and control of the game. Anaheim came roaring back with two goals of their own (via Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry) to tie the score.
Four goals were scored in the game’s first 37.5 minutes, but it took nearly 79 more minutes to find the fifth one. The overtime periods feature numerous quality scoring chances for each side, until Kruger mercifully ended the contest before a fourth overtime period.
Game 3 between these two teams takes place Thursday night at 8 p.m. EDT at the United Center in Chicago.