The first regular season NHL overtime game ever


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When was the first regular season NHL overtime game?

In Canada in 1917 the NHL was established but it wasn’t until the 1983-84 season that overtime was introduced for regular season games.

Overtime was brought in as part of the game so that a winner could be established should there be a tie after regulation time. Regulation time in the NHL is 3 twenty-minute periods of play and after these 3 periods if both teams have an equal amount of goals, overtime will be played. Overtime consists of 5 minutes of play that now consists of only 4 players from each team on the ice, instead of the normal 5. Overtime is considered to be sudden death meaning that whichever team is the first to score that is the team that will be determined the winner of the game.

The lockout that occurred within the NHL during the 2004-2005 season brought about many changes to the game once it began again. One of these changes was that, after 5 minutes of 4-on-4 overtime, if the game was still tied, a shootout would occur. This shootout would consist of 3 players individually skating up to the opposing team’s net trying to score. Whichever team has more goals after this shootout will be determined the winner of the game. Before the lockout, an NHL overtime would also consist of 5 players on the ice instead of 4.

The 1983-84 season opened on October 4, 1983 but there were no overtime games, the first games to go to overtime occurred on October 5, 1983 when the Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings skated to a 3-3 overtime tie and the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets skated to a 6-6 tie.

The first game to be decided by overtime occured on October 8, 1983 when the New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 8-7.


The first regular season NHL overtime game ever

The first regular season NHL overtime game ever

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