It ain't over 'till it's over
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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