There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in the NHL playoffs (Blackhawks and Hurricanes have both tied their series with road wins, etc.), but it’s hard to imagine a game more epically long and grindy than the three overtime, 4-3 win the Anaheim Ducks snatched up in Detroit on Sunday.
We’re talking about 101 minutes and 15 seconds of hockey. We’re talking about 108 shots between both teams.
Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller turned in the best performance with 59 saves. Detroit’s Chris Osgood just wasn’t good enough — with 42 saves.
Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger led all skaters with 46 minutes and 11 seconds of ice time. Three different Detroit defensemen — Jonathan Ericsson, Brad Stuart and Nicklas Lidstrom — logged over 40 minutes.
And after all that, Ducks 35-year old center Todd Marchant scored one minute and 15 seconds into the third overtime to give Anaheim a win at Joe Louis Arena and a 1-1 series heading back to California.
It certainly makes the series much more interesting than if the Wings had won.
Let’s not forget the Ducks are just a few years removed from winning the Stanley Cup. So, tired legs or not, Detroit needs to get itself back together before Tuesday’s game.
It’s either that or go the way of the San Jose Sharks. Nobody in Hockeytown wants that.