This is going to be a rare non-Admirals post here at the Roundtable because some pretty rare feats happened in hockey last night that were -so good- it has to be talked about.
~Shoot, Shoot, Shoot Some More~
In the AHL last night there was a game between the Midwest Division leading Rockford IceHogs against the Iowa Wild. Hardly thrilling on paper, right? Think again.
What makes that so special? The IceHogs totaled 59-shots on goal in regulation… 15 shots in the first period, 19 shots in the second period, and 25 shots in the third period.
Iowa switched goalies prior to the start of the third period. John Curry stopped 33/34 shots before giving way. In his place, Johan Gustafsson stopped all 25 shots on goal during the third period. Both goalies for the Wild were voted the game’s top two stars.
~The Never Ending Shootout~
I was always a fan of how the AHL worked a best of five format to the shootout formula versus the NHL’s best of three. It felt like it changed the dynamic a touch and meant different players had to get involved rather than the flashy skill guys on the team. That of course changed this season with the AHL adopting a new overtime format entirely and then switching to the best of three shootout format. There’s some wondering on my part on if the NHL takes on the AHL’s new and improved overtime format come next season. However, if it was applied this season we may not have seen what we did last night.
The Washington Capitals were visiting the Florida Panthers and both sides endured the game’s 1-1 deadlock all the way to the shootout. Then NHL history happened. 20 rounds. This shootout lasted 20 rounds. You can watch it in it’s full and hilarious 18-minutes via the NHL VideoCenter.
Florida ended up picking up the 2-1 (SO) win when all was said, done, and repeated. Their shootout marathon trumped the previous long shootout between the Rangers and Capitals on 11/26/2005 by a full 5 rounds. Just as was the case then… the Capitals lost… ouch.
~Question of the Day~
Which feat is more impressive: what happened in Iowa or what happened in Florida? Because, either way, it could be awhile before we see something as wacky as that all taking place on the same night.