Final is a Case of Best-on-Best…And it’s Not Even Close


If you include the fact they had a shootout win in the qualifying round when the playoffs first began roughly a year-and-a-half ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning have played almost 200 extra minutes of hockey in the form of overtimes. That’s an additional three-plus games. They’ve taken five periods to score and they’ve taken fewer than five minutes to score.

(The NHL records website already has the Lightning tied for second all-time in overtime wins in one playoff year after their 5-4 OT win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Friday night, which is pretty chintzy, since it is counting their shootout win over the Washington Capitals in the qualifying round as a playoff OT win. If there’s anything that deserves an asterisk in these playoffs, it’s that.)