Trying again on the longest recreation in Leafs historical past

Time beyond regulation playoff hockey has solely been a tease for Toronto the previous 15 years.

On condition that the Maple Leafs went by almost a decade with out even qualifying for post-season play — and misplaced all 4 of their sequence since 2013 — they’ve seen barely 51 minutes of sudden-death drama because the final time they gained a set in ’04. Most of that point was taken up by the 2017 double-OT recreation determined by Kasperi Kapanen in opposition to the Capitals.


So, simply think about six further intervals in a single go. The longest recreation in franchise historical past was performed 87 years in the past on Friday night time and really dragged into April Four earlier than Kenny Doraty ended it at 104:46.

“It’s one of many biggest victories I used to be ever in,” defenceman King Clancy wrote a long time later. “However we didn’t do any celebrating that night time as a result of we had been too drained to maneuver.”

Setting the stage, the defending-champion Leafs had been enjoying Boston in a best-of-five semifinal, each hoping to satisfy the New York Rangers within the Stanley Cup. The Rangers had swept the Purple Wings and had been ready at house, however Toronto-Boston went the gap, three of the earlier 4 video games to OT and all however one match saved to a few mixed objectives or much less.


Increased within the standings, the Leafs had been house for the ultimate three video games and 14,530 had been within the Gardens for Sport 5, a constructing that had opened solely 17 months earlier than.

Goaltenders Lorne Chabot of the Leafs and Cecil (Tiny) Thompson of Boston had been as soon as extra in superb type and for the second time within the sequence, it was Zero-Zero after 60 minutes of regulation. A Boston objective had been referred to as again within the third interval, whereas Clancy thought he’d gained it within the fourth further interval, solely to have that rescinded by the referee, too.

Because the groups battled on the ice, above them an more and more hoarse Foster Hewitt tried to maintain up with the marathon. Already a broadcast legend throughout the far-flung nation from the Leafs’ early days at Mutual St. Area, Hewitt was so important to the group he was allowed to decide on the place his well-known ‘gondola’ would grasp on Carlton St. He’d gone to a neighbouring Eaton’s division retailer and climbed the steps, all of the whereas wanting down on the predominant ground to guarantee he may nonetheless distinguish faces. After they grew to become fuzzy, the gondola was duly hung at 54 toes.
Hewitt was mentioned to have misplaced eight kilos that night time and diminished to mumbling as he almost fainted.


Foster Hewitt almost handed out calling the nine-period recreation from the gondola within the Gardens. Postmedia information.

After the fifth interval, Leafs supervisor Conn Smythe and Boston’s Artwork Ross consulted NHL president Frank Calder to ask if the sport could possibly be continued or re-started subsequent day. However a circus was scheduled for Madison Sq. Backyard in New York and April Four was already in stone as the one house recreation the Rangers may accommodate.

Ross then steered a coin flip to determine the sequence and although the weary Leafs initially agreed, the announcement of the plan sparked a lot outrage from spectators who’d stayed round, that play went to a sixth interval. Calder urged eradicating Chabot and Thompson, which was additionally rejected by the proud goalies and their groups.


Enter Doraty, one of many lightest gamers on file within the NHL, a reputed 128 kilos, from Stittsville, Ont., close to Ottawa. After working his manner from the west with the Portland Rosebuds, Doraty was briefly a Chicago Blackhawk. An harm to winger Ace Bailey earlier within the yr noticed him be part of the Leafs for 38 video games.

At Four:46, round 1 a.m., actual time, Hewitt perked up, sensing alternative unfolding.

“There’s Eddie Shore going for the puck within the nook beside the Boston web … Andy Blair is on for the Leafs now … he’s shifting in on Shore … Shore is clearing the puck, Blair intercepts. Doraty is dashing in for the entrance of the online, Blair passes, Doraty takes it … He shoots, he scores!”


So ended the longest NHL recreation on the time.

“I feel Tiny was so drained he couldn’t carry his stick with cease it,” Clancy would recall.

Ross, who had quite a few wars with the Leafs earlier than and after this recreation, was magnanimous in defeat.


“All of the boys confirmed great stamina, the goaltenders had been good,” Ross advised reporters. “A troublesome sequence to lose, however we congratulate Toronto”.

The Leafs modified rapidly for a practice to New York from Union Station that departed round Three:30 a.m., arriving at Four:30 that afternoon. The bedraggled Leafs misplaced 5-1 and by no means recovered momentum, shedding the best- of-five in 4 video games, although Doraty had 5 of their complete 14 playoff objectives.

Doraty didn’t maintain his place in NHL lore very lengthy. Lower than three years later, Detroit rookie Modere (Mud) Bruneteau scored at 16:30 of the sixth extra time in opposition to the Montreal Maroons in Sport 1 of their best-of-five. Chabot was in web for Montreal.


Doraty did have another rendezvous with NHL extra time historical past in 1934. Simply earlier than the league did away with a rule that further intervals would final for 10 minutes no matter what number of objectives had been scored, Doraty had a pure hat trick in opposition to Ottawa in a 7-Four victory.


5 longest playoff extra time video games in group historical past together with complete OT minutes and scorer of the successful objective:


104:46 April Three, 1933 W 1-Zero vs. BOS Ken Doraty

70:18 March 23, 1943 W Three-2 at DET Jack McLean

53:54 April Four, 2003 L Three-2 vs. PHI Mark Recchi


44:30 Could Four, 2002 W Three-2 vs. OTT Gary Roberts

43:00 March 27, 1960 W 5-Four at DET Frank Mahovlich