One good night's sleep had Dominik Hasek ready for more from the New Jersey Devils.
"I'm not tired at all," the Buffalo Sabres' goaltender said Thursday, a day after stopping 70 shots in the four-overtime, 1-0 victory over the Devils at Memorial Auditorium.
"I think I'm not nearly so tired as the other guys. Seventy saves. Yes, but so what? In practice I make 400 saves."
This, clearly, is the attitude of a man you want in your net in the NHL playoffs.
Hasek was not inclined to dwell on his performance before he boarded the team charter for New Jersey Thursday.
"I have to forget it today, and think about the next game, that's the one that's the most important," he said.
Before turning attention to tonight's Game Seven in the first-round playoff series, here's another look at the records and significant statistics from Wednesday's game:
It was the sixth-longest game in NHL history and the second-longest in the last 50 years. The New York Islanders' playoff victory over Washington in 1987 was three minutes longer than Wednesday's game and the only one longer in that span.
It was, of course, the longest Sabres game ever. Only one other Sabres game went into a second overtime. The New York Islanders defeated the Sabres, 2-1, 1:20 into the second OT on May 1, 1980. It was the second game of a NHL semifinal series the Islanders won in six games.
Hasek set a team record for most saves in the playoffs or regular season, and it was the most shots on goal by a Sabres opponent in the playoffs. The previous saves record was 64 by Joe Daley in 1970. The previous shots record was 50 by Minnesota in 1981.
Hasek now has nine shutouts this season, two in the playoffs.
Hasek's 70 saves are believed to be the most without a goal allowed in NHL history.
"I would say that almost certainly would be the case," said NHL information officer Greg Inglis. "But I can not give you any hard evidence of that."
Not all teams kept shots-on-goal records until the '50s, Inglis said.
The longest game ever, in 1936, lasted almost six full overtimes, but that was in the era before the curved stick, and there were fewer shots on goal in those days.
Only four OT playoff games have ended, 1-0, since 1954. One was last week, when Toronto beat Chicago. It has happened 25 times since the league began in 1918.
The Sabres had not won an overtime game since the first-round of last year's playoffs, when Brad May scored the series-winning goal against Boston on April 24. Buffalo was 0-4-9 in overtime during the regular season.
On a less historical note, it was one of the Sabres' more memorable games from a concessions standpoint.
"It was a great night, but not our best night ever," said Peter Wierchowski, assistant general manager for Sports Service. "One of the overtime games against Boston last year was our best night, because there were more people at the game. . . . We didn't run out of anything. I think it got to a point last night where people were so tired they weren't thinking about eating and drinking, they just wanted the game over with."
LONGEST NHL GAMES
Date Score End of game
1Mar. 24, 1936 Detroit 1, Montreal Maroons 0 16:30 of 6th OT
2Apr. 3, 1933 Toronto 1, Boston 0 4:46 of 6th OT
3Mar. 23, 1943 Toronto 3, Detroit 2 10:18 of 4th OT
4Mar. 28, 1930 Montreal 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 8:52 of 4th OT
5Apr. 18, 1987 N.Y. Islanders 3, Washington 2 8:47 of 4th OT
6April 28, 1994 Buffalo 1, New Jersey 0 5:43 of 4th OT