It's late, we're closing!
Have you watched the marathon game between the Hurricanes and the Panthers until the end? Me if, but from the end of the second period. Supper with Madame obliges. As Stéphane Richer told me: there's not just hockey in life.
Most spectators were on their feet for all four overtime periods. Some of those seated were sound asleep, children and adults alike.
The television showed us a picture of a guy in his thirties, his head bent all the way back, mouth wide open, behind the Panthers bench. His boyfriend did not fail to immortalize the scene on his phone.
The players were also eager to go to bed.
After ending the marathon with 12.7 seconds left in the fourth overtime, Matthew Tkachuk celebrated his goal in style, before heading to the locker room.
When defender Gustav Forsling threw himself into the arms of Sergei Bobrovsky, the Panthers goalkeeper lost his balance, dragging his teammate with him in his fall.
It was 1 h 54 in the morning.
The Panthers showed humor on their Twitter account by preparing a late or absent note that their fans could present to their employers.
Well thought out!
No to the shootout
The game could have ended earlier if the NHL resorted to a shootout after, say, an overtime period. But I won't ask your opinion on the matter.
You made it clear to me last year that you disagreed with the use of this process in the playoffs.
I'm already starting to regret having chosen the Hurricanes to reach the final. Not that they've slowed down, but the Panthers are on fire!
I don't know if Bobrovsky borrowed the magic potion from Asterix when Paul Maurice gave him the net back in Game 4 of the series against the Bruins. But he's finally playing like the top goaltender he was with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It's been a long time.
We probably won't see Alex Lyon again, who started the first three meetings of the series against the Bruins.
Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen has nothing to be ashamed of. He was as solid as Bobrovsky.
It was a bad throw-in from Brent Burns in his territory that opened the door for Tkachuk's goal.
As the Canadiens of 1993
The Panthers now have five wins in as many games that ended in overtime.
That's five less than the record of the Canadiens, who had won 10 times in 11 games that required overtime, in 1993.
What had made the joking man Jacques Laperrière say that the Canadiens didn't was perhaps not so good for having played so many games in overtime.
But the troupe of Jacques Demers had indeed won the cup and no one can take that victory away from him.
The same will be said of the Panthers if they make it to the end.