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NHL's 5OT Thriller Leads To In-Game Jokes

August 12, 2020

The Stanley Cup Playoffs opened with a bang, as the Tampa Bay Lightning outlasted the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in quintuple overtime to win the fourth-longest game in NHL history.

And while there was no shortage of game MVPs to choose from, the game ops team deserves a bit of special recognition, too. As the game wore on, social media delighted in the cheeky messages displayed on the video screen.



And finally, as the game headed into the fifth OT period ...

As great as those messages were, the on-ice epic caught the attention of NHL players and teams, too.

Perhaps the most attentive parties ⁠— other than Columbus and Tampa Bay's players and fans ⁠— were the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins, who were scheduled to take the ice at Scotiabank Arena following the conclusion of the Lightning/Blue Jackets tilt.

Ultimately, the Hurricanes/Bruins game was pushed from an 8 p.m. ET Tuesday start time to 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The Hurricanes summed up their feelings on Twitter:

It's only fitting that an atypical Stanley Cup playoffs began with an atypical game. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

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