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10 Unbreakable NHL Playoff Records

by George Makricostas

Some say records are meant to be broken but here are 10 National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs records that are going to be pretty tough to beat!

Most Saves in a Game

As the year 2020 hasn’t been wild enough, we saw Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo set a playoff record with an 85-save performance in Game 2 of the 1st Round in this year’s playoffs. The record was previously held by Kelly Hrudey in 1987 with 73 saves.

Most Shots on Goal in a Game

Speaking of Joonas Korpisalo’s record night, his opponent the Tampa Bay Lightning also set a record. They recorded 88 shots on goal breaking the record of 77 held by the 2007 Vancouver Canucks. We will say one thing, Jon Cooper should not complain about getting pucks on net. 

Most Hat Tricks in One Playoff Season

This record is a tie between the 1982-83 Edmonton Oilers and the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers. Yes, you read that correctly. Both Oilers squads are tied in the record books with 6 playoff hat tricks each. Did you expect anything less with teams that have Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey?

Most Goals Against in a Series

Everyone loves high scoring games in the playoffs, but would you be okay if your team gave up 44 goals in a single series? The Chicago Blackhawks did just that in the Conference Finals to — you guessed it– those 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers.

Most Penalties in a Playoff Series

To hold this record, your team better hope their penalty kill is good. In 1988 the New Jersey Devils took 118 penalties in a series against the Washington Capitals, giving them a total of 349 minutes of powerplay time. The Devils were lucky that Alex Ovechkin wasn’t on the halfway ripping one-timers back then.

Most Powerplay Goals in a Playoff Season

In 1990-91, the Minnesota North Stars scored 35 powerplay goals in only 23 playoff games. However, having one of the best power plays in NHL history with Mike Modano and Brian Bellows was no match for the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins who won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 6 games.

Longest Playoff Winning Streak

The Pittsburgh Penguins won 14 consecutive playoff games from 1992 to 1993, capturing a Stanley Cup in between before getting upset by the underdog New York Islanders in the second round of the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Longest Playoff Game

The date is March 24, 1936, a Game 1 playoff game between the visiting Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons lasted 176 minutes and 3 seconds (6 OT). The marathon game finally ended when Mud Bruneteau scored the game-winning goal giving the Red Wings a 1-0 win and a 1-0 series lead.

Most Consecutive Stanley Cups

We recently saw the Pittsburgh Penguins go back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 but failed to three-peat in 2018. But the NHL record for the most consecutive Stanley Cups is 5, held by the Montreal Canadiens from 1955-1960.

Most Stanley Cups

Do you know what the Coyotes, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Senators, Wild, Predators, Sharks, Canucks, Golden Knights, and Jets have in common? They have never won the Stanley Cup. While those teams would love to win just 1 Stanley Cup, the Montreal Canadiens have won 24 of them, care to share?

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