Opening round sets record for overtime games

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Extra time has been essential this spring.

The opening round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs has sent a record 18 games to overtime as of Sunday's contest between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals, which couldn't be won in 60 minutes.

The Maple Leafs-Capitals series has gone to extra sessions five times, tying a mark set in 1951 by the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, and the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks in 2012.

Here are the 18 overtime contests from the first round:

Date Outcome Winner
April 12 Blues 2 - Wild 1 Edmundson
April 12 Sharks 3 - Oilers 2 Karlsson
April 13 Capitals 3 - Maple Leafs 2 Wilson
April 14 Canadiens 4 - Rangers 3 Radulov
April 15 Senators 4 - Bruins 3 Phaneuf
April 15 Maple Leafs 4 - Capitals 3 Kapanen
April 16 Penguins 5 - Blue Jackets 4 Guentzel
April 17 Maple Leafs 4 - Capitals 3 Bozak
April 17 Senators 4 - Bruins 3 Ryan
April 17 Ducks 5 - Flames 4 Perry
April 17 Predators 3 - Blackhawks 2 Fiala
April 20 Rangers 3 - Canadiens 2 Zibanejad
April 20 Oilers 4 - Sharks 3 Desharnais
April 21 Bruins 3 - Senators 2 Kuraly
April 21 Capitals 2 - Maple Leafs 1 Williams
April 22 Blues 4 - Wild 3 Paajarvi
April 23 Senators 3 - Bruins 2 MacArthur
April 23 Capitals 2 - Maple Leafs 1 Johansson

Two of the 18 games went to double overtime.

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