Lightning Round: did the Panthers and Hurricanes beat our OT record?

Lightning Round: did the Panthers and Hurricanes beat our OT record?
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The first game in the Eastern Conference Final started at 8pm, and by 2am the next day I don't know who won. Sunbelt Hockey pretended it was in the pacific time zone as the Hurricanes and Panthers reached deep into quadruple overtime in a 2-2 game to open their series before I gave up and went to sleep. The Canes scored in the first and third periods, while the Panthers scored twice in the second. And then the scoring went dead for a whole game's worth of hockey and then some.

Did they reach the famed fifth OT? I guess I'll know in the morning when you do.

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The fans in Raleigh stuck around and kept the barn full.

By the end of 3OT, Brent Burns was leading the Canes in icetime with 46 minutes, Brandon Montour led for the Panthers with 49 minutes. Games like this are funny because despite six periods in the books, Derek Stepan, Colin White, and Ryan Lomberg were still under 20 minutes. There were also two penalties in the first OT, one for each team, and then silence from the officials. You can check this link for the final score in the morning.

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