Who better than the Montreal Canadiens to represent the NHL in the most playoff overtime victories on route to the Stanley Cup?
It was 1993 and the Canadiens battled through every post-season series despite ending up with a 16-4 playoff record. What is hidden behind that playoff won-loss record is the fact that 10 out of those 16 victories were won in overtime. To win 10 OT victories is quite a feat, but to do it consecutively, which is what the Canadiens did, deserves special honors.
Montreal came back from 2 down in the initial series against the Quebec Nordiques, winning 2 overtime games in that series. They never looked back and swept the Buffalo Sabres, winning 3 in overtime. After that came the New York Islanders who went down 4 games to 1 and 2 in OT. Finally, after winning the first game, the Los Angeles Kings went down 4 straight, 3 of which were OT losses.
The Canadien’s goalie Patrick Roy was instrumental in Montreal’s overtime win streak and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy accordingly.
It may be a while before another NHL team breaks this one!