'You just hope this game is going to end' - 04-30-14

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Game 2 of the Penguins' first round playoff series with the Blue Jackets was the ninth multiple overtime game in the franchise's history. When the game goes past the first overtime, the Penguins don't have a ton of success historically as they've only won three of those games and have lost six.

Multiple-overtime games can be heart-stoppers for fans. For players, they have an immense toll from a physical and mental sense.

Recently, several members of the Penguins were asked to recount what they've gone through in the longest multiple-overtime games of their careers:

What do you go through mentally and physically?

Craig Adams (right), RW - "Physically, you start to get tired obviously. Everybody plays way more minutes than they’re used to playing. Your body get stressed that way. Mentally, the longer it goes, it becomes more like a regular game. Usually, the first couple of minutes are the most nerve-racking. Everyone is sort of feeling each other a little bit. I think as it goes on, you settle into a rhythm and play. Any mistake can be a bad mistake. It’s definitely a whole different animal."

Brooks Orpik (above), D - "I think it gets to the point where you’re willing yourself. I think you see a lot of mistakes from fatigue. It’s guys making mistakes they don’t normally make. Once that gets going, the hockey gets less skilled and a lot more simple. Usually, the goal that wins it isn’t a pretty goal. … I think they’re all nerve-racking. Once you get to ovetime, you know it’s one mistake and the game is over. It’s one shot or one play. I think you have both sides of that emotion."

Taylor Pyatt, LW - “Oh man, it’s a grind. It takes a lot out of you physically and mentally. It makes a huge difference with what side you’re on. If you’re on the winning side, it’s not so bad. If it’s a loss, it definitely feels like it takes longer to recover. “

Paul Martin, D - "With all the emotion and the desperation going into the win, you’re trying to not make a mistake. You can see both teams struggle to get the win. It’s definitely something that takes a toll in the series."

Brandon Sutter, C - "It’s just a grind. You get through three periods and you get to overtime. Every chance is an opportunity to end the game. You go through another two periods of it and it seems like it’s never going to end. It’s probably more of a mental battle than physical. I think everyone is tired. The guys who are able to fight through that, battle through that and stay sharp usually end up as a winner."

Tomas Vokoun (right), G - "I think you’re just focusing on stopping the next puck. Games like that usually end on a deflection or something like that. Teams are focused more on defense obviously because they know if they get scored on it’s over. Other than that, not many changes. For me, it doesn’t matter if it’s the first minute or the 90th."

Jussi Jokinen, LW - "When you get to the second or third overtime, you just hope this game is going to end. At the same time, you don’t want to be the guy who screws it over. It depends, if you play big minutes, that’s a lot harder. If you’re a fourth liner player, you’re not gong to play that much so maybe you’re a lot fresher. It’s demanding."

Are you eating food or doing anything differently during an overtime intermission as compared to a regulation intermission?

Adams - "Definitely. Guys are trying to get calories in them and stay hydrated. Change wet equipment and things like that. It’s a little bit more maintenance and survival mode than a regular intermission which is a little bit more strategic."

Orpik - "I remember [former Penguins forward] Petr Sykora saying he was going to score then he wound up scoring [in Game 5 of the 2008 Stanley Cup final against the Red Wings]. I remember eating pizza between the second and third [periods]. I forget who specifically, but a few guys had to get [intravenous fluids] either during the overtime or after."

Pyatt - "There’s a lot of shakes and orange slices. A lot of stuff guys are trying to eat between periods. Usually it’s pretty quiet. Guys are trying to get some rest and get back out there."

Martin - "You’ll see guys staying hydrated and eating more than they would in a normal game. They’ll wear more warm gear. For the most part, you’re just trying to conserve your energy and making sure you’re not wasting any of it."

Sutter - "Usually when you get to the second overtime, guys are usually start to eat pizza or food. It’s not ideal but you’ve got to get something in you. Pizza is usually he first choice."

Vokoun - "More liquid I think. Shakes or maybe a power gel or something like that. Some guys can do it. They can eat. For me, I don’t like it so I’ll try to take something in a gel form or liquid."

Jokinen (right) - "After the third period and it’s tied, I think it’s smart to eat a little bit of something. Not just drink. It’s good for you to eat something too because if that game is going to last 10 minutes or two hours, that’s one of the key things."

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Drew Hallowell/Getty Images and Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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