Last week, I wrote about the fact that we hadn’t seen a triple-overtime playoff thriller in over two years. Well the streak ended in Washington on Wednesday night, where the Rangers and Capitals contested the 20th-longest game in NHL history before Marian Gaborik eventually ended things nearly five hours after puck drop.

If you were following the game on twitter last night, you probably noticed that a lot of people complain about these marathon type hockey games. The players are too tired. It gets too slow. It’s not physical enough. I’m up too late and have to be up early in the morning.

Give me a break.

Sure, the pace did slow down after a while (though the majority of OT was still highly entertaining), the hits got lighter and the players were undoubtedly gassed, but what I love about these long, drawn out games is that they become as much a battle against yourself as they do a battle against the opposition. Not to mention, the longer the game goes, the more emotionally invested the players, coaches, management team and fans become.

Think about it. What feels more rewarding as a fan, seeing your team score the OT-winner a few minutes in, or sitting on the edge of your seat for a couple of hours before finally feeling the weight float off of your shoulders? Comparatively, what’s more crushing, seeing your team lose a game quickly after overtime begins, or being teased for nearly the length of an entire game before experiencing defeat?

Yes, after over 100 minutes of hockey, the quality of play begins to deteriorate (Ryan McDonagh played 53 minutes for God’s sake!), but at the same time, the longer the game goes, the bigger the stakes get, and that makes for some indescribable emotion.

If it happened every night, or often enough, it wouldn’t mean much, but it’s happened once in the last 25 months, so try to appreciate it instead of complaining about it.

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