Boucher witnesses NHL marathon 20 years after his 5 OT game


Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) clears the puck under pressure from Columbus Blue Jackets center Nathan Gerbe (24) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

(AP) —Brian Boucher had a front-row seat to the five-overtime game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Boucher was working it as the between-the-benches analyst for NBC Sports, 20 years after he played goal in a five OT game.

The network had two players from the longest game in modern NHL history working Tuesday night: Boucher in the arena and Keith Jones in the studio.

The two players from the 2000 Philadelphia Flyers were able to provide firsthand experience for the broadcast of the fourth-longest Stanley Cup playoff game.

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