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Bjugstad scores the winner as Panthers, Capitals make history with 20-round shootout

Florida Panthers v New York Islanders

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02: Nick Bjugstad #27 of the Florida Panthers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 2, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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All right, everyone. You can now officially resume the debate about three-on-three overtime as a way to decide NHL games instead of the shootout.

It took 20 rounds - yes, you read that correctly - for a winner to be decided in Tuesday’s game between the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals. Finally, Nick Bjugstad scored the winner in the 20th round, which sets a new National Hockey League record and the Panthers eventually did come away with a 2-1 victory.

Bjugstad was also Florida’s second shooter, way, way back at the start of this lengthy skills competition.

Eventually something had to give.

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