North of 60

Monday, 14.04.2008 / 4:45 PM / News
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North of 60
Patrice Brisebois reached 20 career playoff overtime wins Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
MONTREAL – Did someone say overtime?  If so, no one is more familiar with the extra frames than Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois.

Sunday night’s contest marked the 31st time that the 37-year-old blue-liner was a part of a game that needed more than 60 minutes to decide a winner.  Despite the 2-1 loss to the Bruins, Brisebois holds a pretty remarkable record when extra hockey is required in the postseason, with his team emerging as the winner on 20 occasions to this day.  Certainly, spending a little more time on the ice was more than welcome in the spring of 1993, when the Canadiens went 10-1 in overtime en route to their 24th Stanley Cup.

In addition to being the most experienced overtime player in the playoffs on the Habs roster, just ahead of Bryan Smolinski (29) and Alex Kovalev (26), Brisebois can also lay claim to being the leading scorer in that department.  With a goal and three assists – his lone tally coming at the expense of Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on Apr. 24 1997, the former No. 43 snapped the Canadiens’ longest matchup in nearly 60 years when he lit the lamp at 47:37.

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Besides Brisebois and Kovalev, beating Tim Thomas for the winner on Saturday, Michael Ryder is also among those on the active roster to have found the back of the net in overtime in the playoffs.  For the others, well, there’s a first time for everything.  Tuesday, perhaps?

Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com