At 1:16 a.m. Chicago time on Wednesday morning, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook wound up and fired a slap shot past Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne to give the Hawks a 3-2 win, a 3-1 series lead. With that goal Seabrook also gave a permission slip to Chicago fans to finally go to sleep.
The Blackhawks are now only one game away from moving on to the second round for the fifth time in the past seven seasons, but we have three more facts about Seabrook’s goal that we think you should know.
Seabrook Moves Into Rarified Air in Hawks History
Seabrook’s overtime game winner on Tuesday/Wednesday was the ninth winner that he’s scored in his career. Six of those have come during the regular season, but this was the third time he’s won an overtime game in the postseason, with the other two coming against the Detroit Red Wings (Game 7, 2013) and the Boston Bruins (Game 4, 2013).
Those three overtime goals mean that Seabrook is now tied for second place on the Blackhawks’ all-time overtime goals list, knotting him up with star forward Jeremy Roenick. The one player that both Seabrook and Roenick trail? That would be Patrick Kane, who currently has four overtime winners (not to mention a Stanley Cup winning goal) on his resume.
Blackhawks Becoming the NHL’s Marathon Men
According to the NHL’s Public Relations department, the Blackhawks have now been involved in the league’s last three triple overtime games. The last one to occur in the league came on April 17, 2014 against the St. Louis Blues, a 4-3 loss. The one before that came on June 12, 2013, when the Blackhawks beat the Bruins by a score of 4-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, with Andrew Shaw scoring the game-winning goal.
Blackhawks’ OT Win Still Not Enough to Make History Books
The Blackhawks are one of the NHL’s Original Six teams, but that doesn’t mean that they hold a place on the list of longest games in league history.
In fact, the Blackhawks haven’t even been able to crack the top 10, with their 3-2 win over Nashville only ranking as the 48th-longest game in NHL history and only the eighth longest in Blackhawks team history.
The longest game in Blackhawks history occurred on April 9, 1931 against the Montreal Canadiens. The Blackhawks ultimately won the game by a score of 3-2 with 6:10 to go in the third overtime. Cy Wentworth scored the game winner for the Blackhawks in what was the 22nd-longest game in NHL history.
The longest game in the history of the league puts that contest to shame. On March 24, 1936, the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons played 176 minutes and 30 seconds of scoreless hockey before Mud Bruneteau scored with 3:30 to go in the sixth overtime to give Detroit the victory in the game.