Lehigh Valley Tops Charlotte in 5 OTs in AHL’s Longest Game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — This one kept going. And going. And going. And going. And going — straight into the American Hockey League record books.
Alex Krushelnyski scored 6:48 into the fifth overtime period and Alex Lyon made 94 saves to lead the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers early Thursday morning in the longest game in the AHL's 82-year history.
The Phantoms, the top affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, took a 3-1 series lead in the Atlantic Division finals by outlasting the Carolina Hurricanes' farm team in a game that began shortly after 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday night and ended at 1:09 a.m. after more than seven periods and 146 minutes and 48 seconds of play.
The seemingly endless game surpassed the Philadelphia Phantoms' 3-2 win over the Albany River Rats that took 142:58 to decide in 2008.
Lehigh Valley will have plenty of time to celebrate — and sleep. The teams won't be back on the ice until Saturday night in Charlotte.
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