We don’t know how he did it.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender Alex Lyon made 94 saves on 95 shots in Game 4 of the AHL Atlantic Division Finals against the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday evening. The game went to quintuple overtime and became the longest game in AHL History.
Lyon made 40 saves in regulation, 11 in the first overtime, 15 in the second, 12 in the third, 14 in the fourth and two in the fifth.
The Phantoms finally won the game when Alex Krushelnyski scored at 6:48 of the fifth overtime.
Alex Krushelnyski ends the longest game in AHL history. Phantoms win! pic.twitter.com/IYzpTBM3nA
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The game officially lasted 142:58.
Lyon fell just four saves short of tying the all-time AHL record for most saves in a game. Ex-Flyer Michael Leighton currently holds the record after he made 98 saves for Albany against the Philadelphia Phantoms in Game 5 of the East Division Semifinals on April 24, 2008.
Lyon came up with several massive saves throughout the overtime periods and made time to rest throughout play stoppages.
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The game ended at 1:09 a.m and Lyon reportedly got back to his hotel at 2:30 a.m.
Lyon talked about his ridiculous performance to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“I actually don’t feel as bad as I thought I’d feel,” Lyon said Thursday morning. “I don’t know if it’s the calm before the storm or what the deal is, but I feel pretty good. Maybe it’s because I drank about six gallons of water last night. Once you start getting into the first, second and third overtimes, it’s like, ‘All right, we could be here a while.’ So you start eating more food and drinking a lot of water. I even had a Coke after the third overtime.”
Lyon was trying to pace himself through the marathon:
“I was feeling kind of tired, but I kept taking a knee and tried to relax,” he said. “I wanted to be preemptive and try to get as much rest as I could before I started to get really tired.”
The Phantoms were playing most of the game with just five defensemen after Samuel Morin suffered an apparent knee injury late in the first period. He was seen on crutches after the game. The defense already took a blow earlier in the week when Travis Sanheim was ruled out of the series following a knee injury.
“Can’t say enough about the defense,” Lyon said, referring to Phil Myers, T.J. Brennan, Reece Willcox Maxim Lamarche, and Mark Friedman. “They played almost three games because of Sam Morin’s injury. “Five defensemen is tough for three periods. Five defensemen is almost impossible for eight periods. They did a great job. They just kept it tight the whole time. Did a great job and were level-headed and were awesome all-around.”
This was the second game of a back-to-back for the Phantoms, as Lyon has stopped 128 of 130 shots in consecutive victories.
The 25-year-old appeared in 11 games for the Flyers this season, posting a 4-2-1 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.75 GAA.
The Phantoms now lead the Checkers 3-1 in their best-of-seven second-round series against Charlotte, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.