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Posted by David Sabino  June 13, 2013 08:04 AM

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For the 10th time in their last 24 postseason games the Bruins needed extra time to settle a playoff game. But after winning four of the first five of those contests this postseason run, they came up short early Thursday morning, dropping a 4-3 game to the Blackhawks in Triple OT on a double deflection goal by Andrew Shaw at 12:08 of the third extra session. Bruins3OT.jpg

Boston is part of a much larger trend in the NHL, as overtime postseason games have become the norm in the quest for the Stanley Cup. Of the 81 playoff games played thus far in 2013, 25 have gone to overtime (30.9%) with a total of 30 additional periods needed to decide a winner. That currently stands as tied for the third highest number of overtime games in NHL history, with the record set in 1993 when 28 of 85 contests (32.9%) went long (with 2001 at 26 of 86 [30.2%], just behind). This year each of the 15 playoff series has featured at least one extra period, the first time that’s happened since 1958 when the playoffs consisted of just three series.

Here’s how the rate of overtimes per playoff games has increased since 2006, the first post-lockout playoff run:

  • Season---OTG---G---%OT
  • 2013--------25----81---30.9%
  • 2012--------25----86---29.1%
  • 2011--------23----89---25.8%
  • 2010--------18----89---20.2%
  • 2009--------16----87---18.4%
  • 2008--------16----85---18.8%
  • 2007--------17----81---21.0%
  • 2006--------20----83---24.1%
(OTG: Overtime Games; G: Games)
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Stats Driven is powered by David Sabino, who over the last two decades has been a source of statistical analysis on the pages of Sports Illustrated, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune. David has written about all seven recent Boston-area championships for Sports Illustrated Presents commemorative issues, was the creator of such long time features as SI’s Player Value Ranking, NBA Player Rating and long running fantasy football and baseball columns.

He has also authored or made contributions to many books, including the Sports Illustrated’s 100 Fenway: A Fascinating First Century.

Now living in Marblehead, he’s focusing his attention on the Boston sports scene, specifically delving into the numbers affecting the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, with the goal of informing and entertaining real fans. You can follow him on Twitter at @SabinoSports.

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