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

  • 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 • 337

  • Kennedy Norris
    Kennedy Norris  3 days back

    *What’s it gonna do? Turn into something else?*

    Yes… water

    • David Jin
      David Jin  4 days back

      [Man with hat]

      • Toby Schneider
        Toby Schneider  2 weeks back

        That’s actually a good rule.. it’s a 7 game series.. you only need 4 win...doesn’t matter what game number they are..

        • loud pack2700
          loud pack2700  3 weeks back

          Actually the Boston garden and the TD garden (the new stadium) has never had an air conditioning system. Last year when the rockets played the Celtics in a late December game it was like 30 degrees in the garden. The more you know

          • Jeffrey Tam
            Jeffrey Tam  1 months back

            The old Boston Garden didn’t have proper modern AC. Same as most of the arenas of the era. For example, the Fog Game: Philly and Buffalo in ‘75, had a similar situation.

            • Justin Pruett
              Justin Pruett  2 months back

              “Congrats! You did a thing!”

              • Adam English
                Adam English  2 months back

                Wait then if they by law says that the game would have to be played at the end of the sires then Boston actually took game four and lost game five losing the sires four games to one? It doesn’t make sense

                • Phoenix flames85
                  Phoenix flames85  2 months back

                  golden state “ it’s rewind time “

                  • 12345dbzgt
                    12345dbzgt  2 months back

                    I'm cheap, only thing I'd be wondering is if I'd have to buy a game 8 ticket or did my game 4 ticket get me entry?😅

                    • Bulldog D
                      Bulldog D  2 months back

                      Am I the only person who doesn’t see the problem with this?

                      • Martin Schmidt
                        Martin Schmidt  2 months back

                        7 min for a 1 min explanation... they sound stupid like this

                        • JawaPunter
                          JawaPunter  2 months back

                          Guarantee they heated it up to try to slow down the Oilers with soft ice.

                          • Rct3nut74
                            Rct3nut74  2 months back


                            • Aarnavo
                              Aarnavo  2 months back

                              I’m from Edmonton

                              • SirRandomMonkey
                                SirRandomMonkey  2 months back

                                So Game 4 would become Game 8 in a 7 game event? Sounds good!

                                • ddas adfassaf
                                  ddas adfassaf  3 months back

                                  It was 3-3. Restarting it puts the score at 0-0. Whats the big deal? Either way it's tied.

                                  • campbecc
                                    campbecc  3 months back

                                    So if the hometeam is down late they can just cut the power lol

                                    • jerad mckeown
                                      jerad mckeown  3 months back

                                      I wanna know what happens to everyone that bought tickets. Do they just have to lose out on that game? Do they get seats to "game 8"? Also sucky if they do but we're traveling and couldn't come back on that date.

                                      • Corky DeLarge
                                        Corky DeLarge  3 months back

                                        Boston got screwed out trying to avoid the sweep at home. In the MLB in 08 in the World Series, they continued to play game 5 in Philly in a downpour, because the Phillies were ahead in a possible series clinching game. Carlos Pena ruined the party in Philly when he singled home B.J. Upton to tie the game. After the tying run, they suspended the game immediately to continue it 2 days later. It was clear they would have continued had Philly held on to the lead.

                                        • rtpoe
                                          rtpoe  3 months back

                                          The NHL rules actually make sense.....

                                          • Bryan G
                                            Bryan G  3 months 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  3 months back

                                              lol at Boston having a deciding game 7 at home

                                              • Mistacole
                                                Mistacole  3 months 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.

                                                • Doug Witus
                                                  Doug Witus  3 months back

                                                  So basically a weird game 8 kinda rule?

                                                  • Zachery Barrett
                                                    Zachery Barrett  3 months back

                                                    God made the ice hard🤔 Hot rinks are the worst

                                                    • Lars Andersen
                                                      Lars Andersen  3 months back

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

                                                      • Chris
                                                        Chris  3 months 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  3 months back

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

                                                          • LordFvckingHorst
                                                            LordFvckingHorst  3 months 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 months 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.

                                                              • Kaque Burlington
                                                                Kaque Burlington  4 months 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?

                                                                • The Cando Railfan
                                                                  The Cando Railfan  4 months back

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

                                                                  • BUGZNTA
                                                                    BUGZNTA  4 months back

                                                                    Gambling is the sole reason things like this happen.

                                                                    • Anthony Breton
                                                                      Anthony Breton  4 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  4 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!

                                                                        • Geesmack Joeypads
                                                                          Geesmack Joeypads  4 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  4 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  5 months back

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

                                                                              • Wale Ah
                                                                                Wale Ah  5 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.

                                                                                • Wale Ah
                                                                                  Wale Ah  5 months back

                                                                                  LETS GO OILERS. THE DYNASTY WILL BE BACK WITH MCDAVID AND DRAI. MARK IT DOWN. HAHA SUCKER CANUCK AND FLAME FANS. EAT IT

                                                                                  • Wale Ah
                                                                                    Wale Ah  5 months back

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

                                                                                • mikeli bear
                                                                                  mikeli bear  5 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  5 months back

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

                                                                                    • MrDannydoodah
                                                                                      MrDannydoodah  5 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  5 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  5 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  5 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  5 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  5 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.