The Sports Archives – 1936 Stanley Cup Memories – The Longest Game

If someone were to tell us that their goaltender had not given up a goal in 176 minutes and 30 seconds; a quick tally in our heads would conclude that this goalie had been perfect for almost 3 consecutive games.  This is exactly what Normie Smith of the 1936 Detroit Red Wings and Lorne Chabot of the Montreal Maroons did during a single playoff game

The longest NHL overtime game to date was played in the 1936 Stanley Cup championships between the Montreal Maroons and the Detroit Red Wings.   The puck was dropped in the Montreal Forum at 8:30 PM and the match wasn’t over until 2:25 AM when Detroit’s Mud Bruneteau scored the only goal of the game against Chabot at 116:30 of the sixth overtime period!  Smith set an NHL record stopping all 92 shots at him.

To add insult to injury, Smith shut out the Maroons in the following game and Detroit went on to sweep the series 3-0 and ultimately win the 1936 Stanley Cup defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3 games to 1 in a best-of-five.

Now, these are the kind of hockey games I don’t mind spending over $100 a ticket to go and see!  The last overtime game that went into 4 overtime periods was played between the Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks on 5/4/2008.  Dallas beat the Sharks 2-1 on Brenden Morrow’s goal at 69:03 of  the fourth overtime stanza.

Posted: 04/20/2011

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