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It ain't over 'till it's over

Friday, 20.11.2009 / 5:00 AM / News
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It ain\'t over \'till it\'s over
MONTREAL - The Canadiens know all about going down to the wire. Shining their brightest with the game on the line after 60 minutes, the Habs have been working overtime all season.

TEAMS WHEN STREAK
Vancouver Canucks 10/20/2006 to 01/07/2007
9
Montréal Canadiens 10/01/2009 to 11/17/2009 (current)
8
Atlanta Thrashers 01/11/2006 to 03/23/2006
8
Colorado Avalanche 12/07/2008 to 03/14/2009
8
New York Rangers 11/15/2008 to 12/17/2008
8
In eight outings that have needed extra time to decide a winner, Jacques Martin’s troops have come out on the winning end of the battle on every occasion. Whether it’s in OT or in the ensuing shootout, the Habs have continued to find ways to win in sudden-death situations. With eight-straight victories in tie-breaking situations, the Canadiens are getting dangerously close to breaking a league record held by the Canucks.

Since the 2004-05 lockout and the advent of the one-on-one tie breaking format, only one team has managed to win nine-consecutive games in either overtime or a shootout. From October 20, 2006 to January 7, 2007, Vancouver one each of their NHL-record nine consecutive OT or shootout match-ups.

In a quest for the elusive ninth “W” in extra time, a select few have come close. The Thrashers notched an octuplet of wins in 2005-06. The Rangers and Avalanche also got as far as eight-straight in 2008-09, falling just short of the record.

The Canadiens kept their streak alive on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes, with Maxim Lapierre’s laser finally solving ‘Canes goalie Manny Legace in the sixth round of the shootout. The Habs’ goalies have been put to the test against the opposition’s top snipers four times, with the four other wins coming in the extra frame.   

Until now, since the 2005-06 season, the Canadiens had only managed to string together three consecutive wins in OT or shootouts, doing so on three separate occasions.

History is repeating itself leading up to the team’s Centennial anniversary, with the Canadiens already owning the record for the most-consecutive overtime wins in a single postseason, claiming 10-straight OT games on route to the franchise’s 24th Stanley Cup in 1992-93.

Will the Canadiens add another record to the books this season? The next overtime holds the answer.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translation by Shauna Denis.

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