Given how it ended, I can’t say I’m too sorry that I missed the Flyers game to see Big Dipper and Great Plains (above) at Maxwell’s – seeing updates on my phone was pain enough. Certainly couldn’t tell that I was 10 minutes from two different NHL arenas – I’ve had an easier time finding sports bars that subscribe to Center Ice in Texas.
But never mind the Flyers – their AHL affiliate was where the action was tonight.
Ryan Potulny’s goal brought the longest game in American Hockey League history to an end early this morning, with the Phantoms beating the Albany River Rats, 3-2, in five overtimes.
It was the first AHL game ever to reach a fifth overtime, and Potulny scored 2 minutes, 56 seconds into the eighth period to bring the marathon to a close.
The Phantoms also took 101 shots, smashing the previous club record of 64.
The previous AHL record for the longest game was 114 minutes, 56 seconds (74:56 of overtime) on May 30, 2003, when Hamilton beat Houston, 2-1.
Albany goaltender Michael Leighton made 98 saves. And lost.
Goalie Scott Munroe played the entire 142:56 and made 65 saves.
What’s more, the start time for Game 6 on Saturday has been moved *up* to 1pm, so Philly fans can also watch the Flyers on TV.