Flyers prospect Lyon makes 94 saves in longest game in AHL history


By the time the puck dropped Wednesday night, the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms (affiliates of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers respectively) were probably already exhausted, as they'd played the third game of their second-round series the previous night (Lehigh Valley won that one 5-1).

Alex Krushelnski's goal at 6:48 of the fifth overtime gave the Phantoms a 2-1 victory after six hours and six minutes.

The longest game in AHL history is over! That came April 24, 2008 when Philadelphia defeated Albany 3-2 in a game that was just under four minutes shorter at 82:58 of playing time. The longest game previous to this one was a first-round meeting between the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Albany River Rats in 2008.

The Stanley Cup playoffs are known for being one of the most thrilling and grueling postseason spectacles in all of sports, but the NHL's minor league affiliate - the American Hockey League - also brings its fair share of playoff insanity.

The score was deadlocked at 1-1 for almost four and a half overtime periods until the Phantoms' Alex Krushelnyski scored the game-winner, which was presumably the most important and exhausting goal he's ever scored in his life.

The Checkers have some rest before their next game Saturday at home.

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).

Charlotte outshot Lehigh Valley 95-53, including 54-29 in the overtime periods. He played for the Griffins in 2011-12.