How to set a record in a game that doesn't exist

  • Published: 09 April 2019
  • The Edmonton Oilers and Wayne Gretzky have the Boston Bruins on the brink of elimination. It would be the Oilers fourth Stanley Cup in five years, and they’ve just tied the game at three apiece with a little over a period to play.

    And then the power goes out.

    As it turns out, you kind of need that to play a hockey game - especially if you want to broadcast it. And considering this is potentially the final game of the NHL season, they definitely wanted to broadcast it. Like most things in sports, timing is everything. This happened in May, which meant it was warmer out than ice usually likes and fog was already an issue while they still had power. So when there was a power outage at the Garden, as well as the surrounding blocks, the league wasn’t too sure when they’d be able to pick the game back up.

    It became even more of an issue because the Celtics had to play a playoff game of their own in the coming days. So instead of finding a neutral site, the NHL just did the thing that made most sense to them and their constitution - they pretended like game four wasn’t a thing, and moved straight on to game five in Edmonton.

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Comments • 317

  • CLG Skrypt NA
    CLG Skrypt NA  5 days back

    Of all the weird rules, this is one of the most confusing...

    And even as a habs fan, i feel for the bruins

    • Bryan G
      Bryan G  5 days back

      It sorta makes sense that you have to tack it onto the end because of ticket sales and the like. While a Stanley Cup final between the Bruins and Gretzky's Oilers doesn't have that much trouble selling tickets I am sure, a first round game between the Coyotes and Panthers might (yeah yeah impossible matchup I know). And you can't just change the dates of every other game very easily for the exact same reason. And you won't start the game at 3-3 because who would pay for half a game? Like it or not money runs professional sports leagues not fairness.

      • Eric Wentzel
        Eric Wentzel  6 days back

        lol at Boston having a deciding game 7 at home

        • Mistacole
          Mistacole  1 weeks back

          I don't think this rule is too ridiculous.

          I don't know all the rules of hockey, but whatever the means of resetting a play is, I would, if the game is needed, start the game at the last time that mechanism is deployed. That's the thing I would change.

          • It’s Doug Sup
            It’s Doug Sup  2 weeks back

            So basically a weird game 8 kinda rule?

            • Zachery Barrett
              Zachery Barrett  2 weeks back

              God made the ice hard🤔 Hot rinks are the worst

              • Lars Andersen
                Lars Andersen  2 weeks back

                Ice to water is not turning into something else. It is something, changing it's state.

                • Ultralord
                  Ultralord  2 weeks back

                  So could the Oilers win games 1-3 and Boston win 5-7. And if the Oilers win game that re do of game 4 which is now a game 7. Would that just be a sweep?

                  • Josh Wolmer
                    Josh Wolmer  2 weeks back

                    I can tell these guys didn’t do there research I can explain so much that they don’t know

                    • LordFvckingHorst
                      LordFvckingHorst  2 weeks back

                      I bet this rule didn't exist when Roger Neilson was head coach. Because he sure as hell would've exploited it. "Oh we are losing the game. Let's just cut the power and have this one wiped"

                      • Mark Britten
                        Mark Britten  3 weeks back

                        IIRC the NFL's contingency for that Superbowl was to finish the game the following night, from the point at which the lights went out.

                        • PenguinsReallySuck
                          PenguinsReallySuck  3 weeks back

                          I think that there's a rule now since they started the winter classic that if two periods have been played and the game has to stop for some reason, typically weather in the winter classic games, the game ends with whoever as winning when the second period ended getting the win.

                          • Kaque Burlington
                            Kaque Burlington  4 weeks back

                            So all the stats count in the record books for game 4, even though the game never happened. If this series would’ve went 7 (or technically 8) would the stats still have counted?

                            • hankpharris
                              hankpharris  1 months back

                              I went to a press game in Nashville that got shutdown do to a tornado everyone went into the basement and eventually left

                              • The Cando Railfan
                                The Cando Railfan  1 months back

                                Why not just resume the game at a later date, at 3-3, and push back games 5-7?

                                • BUGZNTA
                                  BUGZNTA  1 months back

                                  Gambling is the sole reason things like this happen.

                                  • Anthony Breton
                                    Anthony Breton  1 months back

                                    In the QMJHL, a guy scored a goal for both teams in a single game. He scored for the first team in the first part of the game, then they had to stop the game for a reason that I don't exactly know then the guy got traded to the other team, they finished the game like 2 months later and the guy scored for his new team against his former team in the "same game"

                                    • Drew Dude
                                      Drew Dude  1 months back

                                      Setting a record that doesn't exist
                                      *Dun dun dun dun*
                                      So stick around cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all!

                                      • Gee Smack Joey Pads
                                        Gee Smack Joey Pads  2 months back

                                        it's most likely because the venue is booked for all 7 games ahead of time, as well as tickets pre-sold.

                                        • Mike Youngblood
                                          Mike Youngblood  2 months back

                                          Um...The Boston Garden was 80 degrees because it never had Air Conditioning as it opened in 1928...60 years before this Stanley Cup game in question...Why do you think the Celtics had so much success at home?

                                          • ByloBand
                                            ByloBand  2 months back

                                            "Yes, this reaction is correct." (2:40)

                                            • sports talk
                                              sports talk  2 months back

                                              IMO things would have been different if one team was up. It was tied and they said screw it. They wanted to make more money cause they didnt expect edmonton to sweep them in 4. They wanted atleast 6. More money for nhl and edmonton and tv networks.

                                              • sports talk
                                                sports talk  2 months back


                                                • sports talk
                                                  sports talk  2 months back

                                                  Yea man oilers are the best. You sure know your hockey.
                                                  (Burner account didnt work) - kevin durant style

                                              • mikeli0023
                                                mikeli0023  2 months back

                                                Gotta let God takes actions when he feels like it. Who are we to try and tell him the Stanley Cup should be played with fair Home and Away advantages.

                                                • ScientificPeanut
                                                  ScientificPeanut  2 months back

                                                  Seventh game is a fourth game that's the eight game played. Sounds like a star wars movie

                                                  • MrDannydoodah
                                                    MrDannydoodah  2 months back

                                                    It makes sense to me that a game abandoned due to power failure would be replayed from scratch, this has happened in the Football League (EFL to you non-Brits) and the Premier League, when Floodlights have failed or the weather has caused it to be abandoned on safety grounds, or whatever. It also makes sense to me that if games have already been organised for a set date then they can't easily be moved, as tickets have been sold, tv schedules planned etc. But in this case it sounds like games 5,6 & 7 may or may not happened in the first place, so cancellation of organised games should be a well-oiled procedure for the NHL, and so they should be able to put games 5, 6 & 7 on hold until game 4 replay has been slotted in to the schedule, or else keep the dates and times of games 5, 6 & 7 but switch the venues, where necesssary, to preserve the pattern of location (as if they were 4,5 &6), and therefore the home ice advantage of the team who earned it, but having said that the rule, when made, had to be equally applicable to all 7 games, and presumably since the first 3 always have to happen they are always pre-sold ticketwise, and pre-scheduled by TV etc, and so it would have been harder to rearrange the current and later games if the problem had occured earlier in the series.

                                                    • D Payne
                                                      D Payne  2 months back

                                                      I watched this game. The TV screen went black. But came back on shortly as generators must have provided minor lighting. It took a while (1 hour???) before they decided to cancel. I actually recorded it and have it somewhere in my old vhs collection.

                                                      • clozier304
                                                        clozier304  2 months back

                                                        A few years ago, the NHL postponed a game when Dallas' Rich Peverley had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. The game was 1-0 in the 1st when it was called. The rescheduled game started over from the beginning except that the original game's goal carried over.

                                                        That gives some idea how they might handle this situation today.

                                                        • Alex D
                                                          Alex D  2 months back

                                                          It's funny how they fake remembering things (0:04, or 0:42)... when they studied their text just before.

                                                          Is it just my feeling or they're really faking it?

                                                          • steven cooke
                                                            steven cooke  2 months back

                                                            Love this series. Am old enough to remember this, but did not know that technically game 4 in Edmonton was actually game 5.

                                                            • jon mendelson
                                                              jon mendelson  2 months back

                                                              It makes sense to me if they're unable to continue play. If game 4 is scheduled to be played in Boston on Tuesday, halfway through the game the power goes out and can't be restored. Game 5 is scheduled to be played on Thursday in Edmonton, people have purchased tickets/made travel plans/hotel plans/... Maybe they could play the game on Wednesday in Boston, but what if there's another event scheduled at the venue for Wednesday night? Sure it's a bit different in this case as it was a potentially series deciding game so it's less likely that game 5's date/time is set in stone and that people have made travel arrangements for it, but they need to have a bylaw to account for what happens and this is a situation that is less likely to cause scheduling issues, particularly if it were earlier in the series.

                                                              • Bearsharkbrand Films
                                                                Bearsharkbrand Films  2 months back

                                                                HE IS WEARING A COLT .45s HAT!!!! YES!!!!

                                                                • twown
                                                                  twown  2 months back

                                                                  Huge fan of the channel, but for me, this series is really cringy because of the dialogue format. Is the main guy too nervous to just tell us what happened? He needs moral support or something? Just tell us!

                                                                  • Mike B
                                                                    Mike B  2 months back

                                                                    I kind of get why they just play an entirely new game, though. I mean, say one team is winning 4-1, something uncontrollable happens, and they can't finish. Well - what are you going to do if the series is tied 3-all? Pick up where you left off from the earlier game, only one team starts the winner-take-all with a lead and only part of the game remaining?

                                                                    • lindas1st
                                                                      lindas1st  2 months back

                                                                      Also, Gretzky picked up 2 assists which gave him 13 points for that series, another Stanley Cup Finals record.
                                                                      If they didnt count those 2 assists from the cancelled game 4 he would have had just 11 point in the series which was 1 short of the 12 point Final Series record at that time, (done by 3 players at the time and 5 players total now).
                                                                      So actual there are 2 records from that game.

                                                                      • Torture Killah2
                                                                        Torture Killah2  2 months back

                                                                        I bet the winners don't complain much....

                                                                        • Christian Kunert
                                                                          Christian Kunert  2 months back

                                                                          Beside being annoying, but what else could be done? The only other way to handle it would be to continue that game at a later time (and on the same field).

                                                                          • Will Tompkins
                                                                            Will Tompkins  2 months back

                                                                            If the Bruins had won a game 7 and then lost the makeup game 4, would they have been the first team to ever lose a playoff series and win a game 7 in that series?

                                                                            • Elijah Tchilembe-Mpovie
                                                                              Elijah Tchilembe-Mpovie  2 months back

                                                                              So a game 8?

                                                                              • Canadian Ninja
                                                                                Canadian Ninja  2 months back

                                                                                Edmonton swept Boston in 5

                                                                                • FaliggetFTW
                                                                                  FaliggetFTW  2 months back

                                                                                  Took them almost an hour to get the power back on at that super bowl.

                                                                                  • Shawn Neider
                                                                                    Shawn Neider  2 months back

                                                                                    My dad was cheering for the 5th game sweep so we could cancel our cable before June and would have to pay for another month just to watch the end of the finals.

                                                                                    • Vergilius314
                                                                                      Vergilius314  2 months back

                                                                                      Okay so say team A is up 3 games to 0 on team B. Game 4 is postponed until after game 7. Team B wins games 5, 6, and 7, so they go back and play game 4. Team A wins. Does the series go into the record books as 4-0 or 4-3?

                                                                                      • Greg Wiens
                                                                                        Greg Wiens  2 months back

                                                                                        I totally remember that game happening and the screen going blank.
                                                                                        I was 12 years old and still ripped off at the Oilers for knocking the Jets out of the playoffs once again.

                                                                                        • Mady Baby
                                                                                          Mady Baby  2 months back

                                                                                          If it goes to 7 right aka the 4th game. And the oilers won. Would it count as a sweep Bc it was the 4th game??

                                                                                          • TheKandyCinema
                                                                                            TheKandyCinema  2 months back

                                                                                            I'm surprised nobody brought the fans up. Were those fans in Boston compensated?

                                                                                            • William Knyff
                                                                                              William Knyff  2 months back

                                                                                              TheKandyCinema I was there... the answer is...nope.

                                                                                          • VvmalvevV
                                                                                            VvmalvevV  2 months back

                                                                                            The rule would be more interesting, if they needed game four the Oilers won it and instead of a 4-3 series we would then have a four game swap.

                                                                                            • Mx L
                                                                                              Mx L  2 months back

                                                                                              Nice Gretzky clickbait on this one... ;)