The highest scoring game in NHL history
How the game came to be
So how did this game come to be?
Well, it started with a fight. Penguins player Peter Forsberg and Flyers player Eric Lindros got into a fight early in the game, which set the tone for the rest of the game. From there, it was all downhill.
Both teams were highly skilled, and they went back and forth scoring goals The first period ended with a score of 5-5, and it only got more heated from there. By the end of the second period, the score was 10-10.
In the third period, things really started to unravel for both teams. They began making mistakes and taking bad penalties. As a result, both teams ended up scoring six goals in the third period. In the end, the Penguins won 16-7.
This game was truly a one-of-a-kind event, and it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see anything like it again.
The teams involved
In the National Hockey League (NHL), there have been many different games that have ended with high scores. However, the highest scoring game in NHL history was between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons. On January 23, 1944, the two teams played each other in a regular season game and the final score was Detroit 15, Montreal 0.
The players involved
When the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons met on Boxing Day in 1935, they set the record for the highest scoring game in NHL history The final score was 19-6, with the Wings coming out on top.
Six players scored hat tricks in the game: Gordie Drillon and Marty Barry for the Wings, and Hector Dornhoefer, Sprague Cleghorn, Nels Stewart, and Hooley Smith for the Maroons. It was an incredible offensive display by both teams, with a total of 65 shots on goal.
Despite the high score, there was only one fight in the game, which was between Wings’ player Mickey Redmond and Maroons’ player Lehman Wilson. The two were given five-minute majors for fighting, but Wilson also received a match penalty for trying to butt-end Redmond with his stick.
The game itself
On December 11, 1985, the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets met for an epic NHL battle. The Oilers were the defending Stanley Cup champions and the Jets were eager to take them down. The game was close from the start, with neither team leading by more than one goal. The Oilers ultimately won the game 7-5, but it was a thrilling match that could have gone either way.
The game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 18, 1920 was notjust the highest scoring NHL game ever, but perhaps one of the most important games in the history of the sport. The contest saw the two Canadian teams combine for an astonishing 36 goals, with Montreal winning by a score of 20-10. The game would help spur a massive increase in popularity for hockey in both Canada and the United States and lay the foundation for what would become one of the greatest rivalries in all of professional sports
On May 10, 2007, the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators met in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Ducks were leading the series 3-1, and were one win away from claiming their first Stanley Cup championship. The Senators, on the other hand, were facing elimination.
The game was a close one, with neither team able to gain a definitive lead. Regulation time ended with the score tied at 5-5, and the game went into overtime.
In the end, it was the Ducks who emerged victorious, winning 6-5 in what is widely considered to be the greatest game in Stanley Cup Final history.
The legacy of this game extends far beyond just the 60 minutes of regulation time and 20 minutes of overtime. It was a turning point for both teams involved.
For the Ducks, it was the moment that they finally broke through and won their first Stanley Cup championship. For the Senators, it was a disappointing end to what had been a very promising season. Nevertheless, both teams have since used this game as motivation to achieve greater success in future years.
In 2006, the NHL implemented a shootout to decide games that were tied after regulation and overtime. This system was an effort to add excitement and increase scoring. In the 2014-2015 season, there were a total of 624 shootouts, with an average of 1.82 goals scored per shootout.
On December 16, 2006, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers set the NHL record for the most goals scored in a single game, with a combined total of 16 goals. The final score was 8-7 in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins This game also holds the record for being the longest NHL game ever played, with 146:01 of total playing time
This high-scoring game was made possible by several historical factors. Firstly, it was only the second season that shootouts were used to decide games, so players and goaltenders were still adjusting to the new format. Secondly, both teams had strong offenses that season – the Pittsburgh Penguins averaged 3.47 goals per game while the Philadelphia Flyers averaged 3.28 goals per game. Finally, both teams had great powerplays – the Pittsburgh Penguins had a 24.6% success rate while the Philadelphia Flyers had a 23.8% success rate.
On December 16, 1985, the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings met for what would become the highest scoring game in NHL history The Oilers won the game, 7-5, but what was most remarkable about the contest was the reaction of the players and coaches afterwards.
“It was just an unbelievable game,” said Oilers’ Head Coach Glen Sather. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Players from both teams echoed their coaches’ sentiments, calling the game an “instant classic” and a “once in a lifetime experience.” It was clear that, despite the final score, everyone involved had enjoyed themselves immensely.
Both teams came out firing in the first period, with the Lightning taking a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes of play. The second period was even more eventful, as the two teams traded goals back and forth before the Lightning ultimately took a 6-5 lead into the third period.
The Red Wings would tie the game early in the third, but the Lightning would regain the lead shortly thereafter. The Red Wings would tie it again late in regulation, forcing overtime and eventually a shootout.
In the end, it was Tampa Bay who emerged victorious, thanks to some stellar goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy and some clutch shooting from Nikita Kucherov.