–Two teams from Norway played what is believed to be the longest game in hockey history on Sunday. It lasted eight overtimes and it ended around 2:30 a.m. local time. The longest game in NHL history went over six overtimes and it was played between the Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings in 1936. (Yahoo)
–Most of the NHL’s Canadian markets are passionate, but the people in Montreal take it to another level. The city eats and breathes hockey in a way that most other teams just don’t understand. “I can’t really point it out, it’s just a hockey buzz about the town,” Canadiens goalie Carey Price said. “It’s the only game in town, I think that has a lot to do with it. Hockey’s a big part of the culture in Montreal, it always has been.” (NHL.com)
–Last year, roughly 80,000 residents from Fort McMurray, Alberta were forced to evacuate their homes because of a raging wildfire. The local junior AAA team wasn’t very good in 2015-16, but the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League turned it around this season. The Oil Barons are championship contenders and in a way, they’ve been the pulse of the city. (Sportsnet)
—Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane each scored a goal and an assist in Chicago’s 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
–Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat’s record-tying 19-game goal streak came to an end on Sunday (his team, the Erie Otters, won 7-0). So DeBrincat will have to share the record with former NHLer Mike Ricci. (The Score)
–Penguins fan, Jimmy Mains, had an extra ticket to a home game against the Buffalo Sabres. Since he couldn’t find a friend to take it off his hands, he decided to make a stranger’s day instead. Outside the arena, a man asked Mains if he could spare any money. Instead of giving the man cash, Mains offered him the ticket. “During the anthem, he stood there and sang every word. He was yelling and cheering the whole game. It was just great to see a guy, who is obviously a little down on his luck, so happy.” (NHL.com)
–Despite suffering another concussion this season, Senators forward Clarke MacArthur still isn’t ready to hang up his skates. “I fully understand the 50 per cent of people, or more, who have reached out and told me, ‘Maybe you should stop playing.’ I still have a passion for the game and if I felt at all that I was a little slower, the thought process wasn’t there, my moods were different or anything … If I felt anything, I would consider that but I just don’t.” (Ottawa Citizen)