Canadiens vs Flames Game Ended in Just 9 Seconds in 1986

Published on May 2nd, 2024 1:07 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The quickest overtime win in NHL playoffs.  Canadiens vs. Flames in 1986." There have been some short overtime games in the history of the NHL, but only one lasted less than ten seconds.

To make this mark even more incredible - the game occurred during the Stanley Cup Finals.


It was the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals, and the Calgary Flames were squaring off against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Flames and Canadiens had both surprised people to make it through to the Finals, as both teams were far from being the best in the league during the regular season.

The Flames started out the series in impressive fashion, winning Game 1 at the Olympic Saddledome by a score of 5-2.

Momentum would completely change (for good) in the next game, as the Canadiens would win in shocking fashion in overtime.


Early in the third period, the Canadiens would tie the game at 2, sending the contest into overtime.

Both goalies were looking sharp, and it appeared as though we might be in for a long slog of a game.

That wasn't meant to be, however, as Brian Skrudland would score just NINE seconds into overtime to win the game.

After some botched play after the overtime faceoff, the Canadiens roared in on a 2 on 1.

Mike McPhee slid a pass over to Brian Skrudland, eluding the dying Flames defenseman.

Skrudland masterfully redirected the pass past Mike Vernon, giving the Canadiens the win.

Before many people had even found their way back to their seats, the Canadiens had won the game.


The Canadiens would seize the momentum in the series and never look back, eventually winning the series in five games to take home yet another Stanley Cup.

Three playoff games have ended in 11 seconds, but only one - the game between the Flames and Canadiens in 1986 - has ended in less than 9 seconds.

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