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Coach Q raves about maybe the ‘greatest overtime’ he’s seen

May 29, 2014, 1:53 AM EDT

More than a few people believe that the Chicago Blackhawks’ dramatic Game 5 win against the Los Angeles Kings was the best game of the 2014 postseason so far. It seems like some of the participants would agree … at least on Chicago’s side.

In fact, Blackhawks head coach Joel Qunneville gives it a special distinction in his own coaching career.

“I’ve seen a lot of games, been involved in a lot of games.  That might have been the greatest overtime I’ve seen,” Quenneville said.

Corey Crawford probably said it best: it’s easier to look back at how thrilling that game was when you end up coming out on top.

One can quibble about where this game ranks among this postseason and ones in the past, but the bottom line is that it was a thrilling contest. Check out the highlights below.

  1. canucks30 - May 29, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    I’m not going to argue, but keep in mind this is the same guy who said this:

    “I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports there,”

    -Joel Quenneville on May 24, 2009

    • thefutureofoil - May 29, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      True, but that first overtime was a pleasure to watch. What action!

      • canucks30 - May 29, 2014 at 3:26 AM

        It’s too bad folks in the States don’t get to hear Bob Cole call games.

        He’s still going strong at 80 years old and makes an exciting overtime that much more fun to watch (even if he doesn’t know most of the players names)

      • dwadholm - May 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        @canucks30 – In the Northern Plains states a few cable companies carry CBC. I grew up watching Hockey Night In Canada here in the states and those clips sure bring back a lot of fond memories. Doc Emrick’s got nothing on Bob Cole.

  2. aldog83 - May 29, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    I know HANDZUS was a former KING…..

    But was he also a member of the 80’s rock band the Scorpions???

  3. comeonnowguys - May 29, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    That first OT reportedly took only 26 real – time minutes.

    I didn’t know I could hold my breath for eight minutes.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 29, 2014 at 4:12 AM

      LOL!!! I had a very similar thought. Afterward, my thought was: I don’t have any solid recollection of breathing during that stretch. I’m still alive, so I suspect I did, but…

  4. muckleflugga - May 29, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    maybe coach q should get out and watch some hockey, broaden his horizons

    overkill on superlatives much

    • avscup - May 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Go play in the street. It was a great game. Can you say it was not exciting?

    • hammerhead5573 - May 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      The same can be said for more than a few people who post on PHT. Many people consider a series over after 1 game.

  5. hockeyornothing - May 29, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Sorry but that was an amazing OT !!!
    Puck movement was incredible.

  6. pdmjr - May 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    That was the best period of hockey I have seen since Islanders/Oilers way back when

  7. hockey412 - May 29, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Awesome, awesome game…actually these playoffs have been nothing but entertaining on so many levels.

  8. mustbechris - May 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Keith Primeau disagrees. Everyone else is competing for 2nd best playoff OT after his theatrics in 04.

    Side note: dear god, that was a decade ago. Where has my life gone

    • canucks30 - May 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I prefer his 5OT winner vs Pittsburgh in 2000:

      You don’t see many games to triple OT these days let alone 5 overtimes (more than 2 full games of hockey).

      • laxman1944 - May 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        Man that was a good one……….

        On a side Primeau is finally post-concussion symptom free after years of suffering.

      • mustbechris - May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        That’s the one I was referring to. That was 14 years ago, ughhhh

        Few people brought it in the playoffs like he did. It’s a shame his career ended the way it did

  9. bills4 - May 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    How can anyone, even their own fans honestly believe the Rangers or Canadians could even come close to competing with the West. unbelievable!!

    • dueman - May 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      We’ll see soon enough, won’t we….

  10. slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    AWESOME overtime from both clubs ! GO HAWKS GO !

  11. goirishgo - May 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    That eight minute stretch with no stoppage in play was beautiful. Just beautiful.

  12. hrudey - May 29, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Two championship teams playing to win, not playing to avoid losing, and all fans of the game should be thankful. Those of us who are Kings fans maybe a little less thankful because of the final score, but Chicago opened with a haymaker, watched the Kings recover and land one of their own, and then they went toe to toe until the goal that ended it.

    • mnhockeydad - May 29, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      I think it’s interesting the respect there is between rival team’s fans in the west, and the utter disrespect the fans have for each other in the east.

      Being a Blackhawks fan, we’ve seen respectful and honoring comments from Blues fans, Wild fans, LA fans, and Blackhawks fans back at you.


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