We’re back! The NHL continues the 2019-20 playoff qualifiers after a four-month break and we’ll be here to capture all the action from every game.
Follow along here as Yahoo Sports NHL editor Arun Srinivasan keeps you posted on the key storylines, highlights, major injuries and anything else you need to know.
Lightning defeat Blue Jackets in 5 OT, Korpisalo, Jones set NHL records
Joonas Korpisalo and Seth Jones set NHL records during Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it was all for naught, in a five-overtime loss.
Brayden Point won it for the Lightning at the 10:27 mark of the fifth overtime session, finishing the fourth-longest game in NHL history.
Korpisalo set an NHL record for most saves made in a playoff game, since the league started keeping track of the stat in 1955-56. He finished with 85 saves on 88 shot attempts.
Jones also set a record, logging 65 minutes and six seconds of time, the most minutes ever played during an NHL playoff game.
Joonas Korpisalo of the @BlueJacketsNHL has made 74 saves, eclipsing Kelly Hrudey’s 73 from the “Easter Epic” for the highest single-game total since 1955-56 when shots on goal were officially tracked. https://t.co/jUyXnqejLQ #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/uXZinQCWrI— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 12, 2020
Seth Jones has set a new record for one game -- 63:55 and counting— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 12, 2020
This was the longest game in both the Blue Jackets and Lightning’s franchise histories.
The longest game in NHL history happened on March 23, 1936, where Mud Bruteneau scored the winner for the Red Wings against the Montreal Maroons in the sixth overtime period, with the game stopping after 176 minutes and 30 seconds.
Bruins-Hurricanes postponed until Wednesday
As a result of the Blue Jackets-Lightning game going into fifth overtime - and possibly beyond, at time of this writing - Game 1 of the Bruins-Hurricanes series, which was originally scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, has been postponed to Wednesday.
Due to the length of the Lightning-Blue Jackets game, Game 1 between the @NHLBruins and @Canes – originally scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET today – has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 11:00 a.m. ET.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 12, 2020
Tkachuk, Perry drop the gloves, Flames take lead on Dube’s brace
We have our first fight of the first round, between two somewhat unlikely combatants.
Stars forward Corey Perry and Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk dropped the gloves in the first period, agreeing to square off at the faceoff circle, before getting into a spirited tilt.
Tkachuk got the best of Perry in a competitive tilt, and while Perry’s scoring profile has dropped off in recent years, many couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the Flames’ star and a younger version of the 35-year-old.
Aside from the fight, a hockey game broke out and Dillon Dube’s two first-period goals have given the Flames a 2-0 lead. His second goal in particular is worth a few rewatches.
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