NHL Fans React To Six Hour Long Hockey Game Between Carolina Hurricanes And Florida Panthers

Austin Ekblad

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NHL fans love to brag about how their playoffs are the best playoffs in all of sports. And, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are pretty entertaining, even if I don’t necessarily agree that they are the best there is.

But, Thursday night’s game one of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers helped the argument that it’s the best playoffs in all of sports.

Most of us, including myself, to be honest, were watching the Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets game. But, at 8PM Eastern time, the hockey game was starting. And, it didn’t end until just minutes before 2AM ET.

The game started with the Hurricanes taking a 1-0 lead, before the Florida Panthers scored two goals in the 2nd period to take a 2-1 lead. But, Carolina scored on a Stefan Noesen goal in the third period, and the game headed to overtime.

That’s really not that extraordinary, as plenty of games go to overtime. But, this one went to four overtimes, and very nearly a fifth!

Ryan Lomberg nearly won it for the Florida Panthers in the first overtime period, but it was ruled goalie interference.

Finally, with just 12.7 seconds to go in the fourth overtime, Florida Panthers phenom Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-winner.

It’s the sixth-longest game in NHL playoffs history. And, the fan reactions during and after the game were pretty funny.

These two teams have to play on Saturday, and there are going to be some very tired hockey players out there.