March 24, 1936
In the year 1936, the Red Wings met the Montreal Maroons in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. Little did they know, the first game of the series would go down as an absolute all-time classic.
Modere “Mud” Bruneteau scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime session, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 victory in game one.
Red Wings goaltender Normie Smith made 89 saves, and lost 12 pounds during throughout the game. Detroit finished with 67 shots, and Bruneteau’s only shot of the game was the winning goal.
Between periods, players were drinking tea and coffee infused with shots of brandy (ahhh, the good old days).
Red Wings enforcer Wilfred “Bucko” McDonald, known for his physical style of play, finished the game with 37 hits. He also made something of a bonus that night. A fan offered McDonald $5 for every Montreal player that he laid out with a hit. The fan gladly gave McDonald $185 after the game, which would be about the equivalent to $3,000 today.
Bruneteau’s scored the winner at approximately 2:25 a.m., putting an end to the game that officially last 176 minutes and 30 seconds, just short of the amount of time that three games could have been played.
The game still stands as the longest in NHL history.