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When two teams play hockey for 60 minutes, then go for 79 minutes and 47 seconds more of extra time, you immediately turn to the record books.

But such is the character of N.H.L. playoff hockey that the Florida Panthers’ 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh that ended early Friday morning was not the longest game ever. It was not even the longest game of the past five years.

That takes nothing away from the epic battle that played out from 8 p.m. to 12:54 a.m. But as lengthy as that four-overtime game looked as if it would the players, coaches and fans, it was only the sixth longest game in N.H.L. history.

It wasn’t even that way back — August 2020 through the odd summer pandemic Stanley Cup tournament — that the Tampa Bay Lightning needed five overtimes to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets. And that game, which ran 150 minutes 27 seconds, ranks only fourth all time, behind a five-overtime game between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in 2000, a six-overtime game between Toronto and Boston in 1933 and … well, let’s hold off on the last one for a moment.

As for Thursday night/Friday morning, the Hurricanes took the lead, the Panthers took it back, the Hurricanes tied it at 2-2 early within the third, and after regulation ended, the actual game began.

It wouldn’t have been a really memorable game without video review. The Panthers scored, and celebrated, just two and a half minutes into the primary extra time. However the tape showed improper contact with the Hurricanes goalie and the goal was overturned.

Up and down the ice they skated. For one, two, three periods and not using a goal. It was Matthew Tkachuk, finally, who scored for Florida with 12 seconds left within the fourth extra time.

The goal wasn’t much to take a look at: a fast flick near the online after a steal. But unlike all the opposite shots for nearly 80 minutes of extra time, it went in and counted. The Panthers took a one-game-to-none lead within the conference final series.

“Definitely drained, but I feel you’re less drained should you win,” Tkachuk said after the sport. “I’m sure each teams are gassed right away.”

Goalies Sergei Bobrovsky of Florida and Frederik Andersen of Carolina aside, the ironman of the sport was defenseman Brandon Montour of Florida, who spent 57 minutes 56 seconds on the ice.

A game like no other though? Tell it to the Maroons.

In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoff semifinal on March 24, 1936, the Montreal Maroons faced the Detroit Red Wings on the old Forum in Montreal. Then as now, the rule was: Keep playing until someone scores.

So that you thought the Panthers and Hurricanes had trouble scoring? The 2 skilled teams on that night in Montreal managed not a single goal in regulation or five full overtimes. Finally, with 3:30 to go within the sixth extra time, Mud Bruneteau managed to place the puck in the online, winning it for the Red Wings, 1-0.

(The Associated Press article in regards to the game printed in The Times slightly primly referred to Mud by his given name, Modere.)

The Maroons, perhaps broken by the loss, fell in the following two games of the best-of five series as well and were eliminated. They played just two more seasons after which folded.

But after nearly a century, their record still stands.

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