Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Alex Lyon made 94 saves on Wednesday night as the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms defeated the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in quintuple overtime, setting the record for the longest game in league history.
Lyon obliterated the franchise save record, eclipsing Scott Munroe's mark of 65, which was set in a five-OT loss in 2008. Michael Leighton stopped 98 shots for the Albany River Rats that night, setting the AHL record in what previously stood as the longest game in league history (142:58).
It all came down to Alex Krushelnyski who managed to put an end to the contest at 6:48 of the fifth overtime (146:48 into the game). The marathon at 1:09 a.m. — more than six hours after it started. Checkers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 51 of 53 shots in the loss. The victory gave the Phantoms a 3-1 series lead in their best-of-seven second-round playoff series. The series resumes Saturday in Charlotte.
“I got 50 shots or whatever it was tonight, but unfortunately I couldn’t make that extra save,” said Checkers' Nedeljkovic after the game. “It is what it is, and (Game 5) is do or die now.”
Here is a look at the goal that crowned the end of a fantastic game for Lyon and his team.
This has to be uplifting news for the Flyers, who struggled mightily to find a secure starting goalie this past season with injuries to Michal Neuvirth, Brian Elliott, which pushed general manager Ron Hextall to make a move and land Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in time for the postseason. The Flyers were however eliminated in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 25-year-old goaltender saw a brief run in the NHL this season, and it was the first time in his career that he's appeared at the top level. Lyon took part in 11 games for the Flyers this season, posting a record of 4-2-1 and recording a .905 save percentage. In these 11 contests, according to NHL.com, Lyon made 40 saves in regulation, 11 in the first overtime, 15 in the second, 12 in the third, 14 in the fourth and two in the fifth.
His performance on Wednesday could surely convince Hextall to give him another shot next season, and who knows, he could end up grabbing the backup role for the Flyers come October.