There’s an old saying that records are made to be broken. Well, not this one. We can’t imagine anyone would want to be part of eclipsing the mark for the longest NHL game ever played. That distinction belongs to the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons, who played almost three full games the night of March 24, 1936.
It was during the height of the Depression, and the NHL as we know it was less than 20 years old at the time. Nobody has really come close to matching that overtime marathon, with the longest game in the past eight-plus decades coming in the 2000 playoffs when Keith Primeau scored 92 minutes into OT to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. Ninety-two minutes of overtime? Pfft. Posers.
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