Alex Krushelnyski scored 6:48 into the fifth overtime period and Alex Lyon made 94 saves to lead the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers early Thursday morning in the longest game in the AHL's 82-year history. The game-winner came at 1:09 a.m.at Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte. Alex Krushelnyski is the hero and the @LVPhantoms get the win! The longest game previous to this one was a first-round meeting between the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Albany River Rats in 2008. Philadelphia won 3-2 in the fifth overtime in what had been the longest game in AHL history (142:58).
Krushnelnyski's goal was the 53 shot on Checkers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. But the Phantoms never would have made it to that point if it weren't for the absurd performance of their goaltender, Alex Lyon. He stopped 94 of 95 shots, the second-highest total in league history.
On Wednesday night, another contest featuring the Flyers' top minor-league affiliate broke that longest-game record, and another player from this area took center stage. He was ideal over the final 119:56 of the game until Alex Krushelnyski netted the game-winning goal. May. Game 5 isn't scheduled to be played until Saturday night.More news: Battaglin wins Giro stage five in Italian one-two
The Grand Rapids Griffins, by the way, have gone into a third overtime twice in playoff games, in 2001 against Orlando (4-3 loss) and in 2006 at Toronto (6-5 win).
Danick Martel opened the scoring at 16:24 of the first for Lehigh Valley before Charlotte's Patrick Brown tied the game at 6:52 of the second.