The Panthers and Hurricanes opened the Eastern Conference finals in a clash on Thursday courtesy of a four-overtime epic that, apparently, left everyone but Wayne Gretzky wanting more.
In a game that lasted nearly six hours, Florida’s eventual 3-2 victory came after the teams extended Game 1 into a scoreless third overtime period. As exhausted and excited spectators alike prepared for more action, Gretzky announced to the world that he was ready to finish the game, as the NHL icon and current TNT analyst pleaded with any team to deliver the dagger.
“I hope someone can score this time. Let’s face it. We’re all getting to the point,” said Gretzky. “We love overtime hockey and it’s the biggest thrill of all sports. But, OK, enough.
The Great One spoke.
"I hope someone scores this time. Let’s face it. We all get to the point…we love overtime hockey and it’s the greatest thrill of all sports. But, OK, enough." pic.twitter.com/PIlz3YFwAj
– Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) May 19, 2023
The great reaction of The Great One made a great segue in the final stanza of the contest as Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk scored the deciding goal to end the sixth longest game in NHL history.
With Thursday’s odyssey in the end on the books, Florida will carry the momentum and a 1-0 series lead into Saturday’s Game 2, which Gretzky probably hopes will end at a better time.