10 Of The Highest Scoring Games In Sports History

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

It was just like a gaggle of 10-year-olds playing street hockey.

On Martin Luther King day in Pittsburgh, the Penguins and Washington Capitals staged a “last goal wins it” contest that saw Pittsburgh prevail 8-7.

Sure, both teams have enough superior firepower to score a lot of goals, but an aggregate 15 is nearly unheard of in this day of tight-checking, systems-oriented hockey. In Monday’s assault on goalies Braden Holtby of Washington (replaced by Philip Grubauer after allowing five goals on 24 shots) and Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray, the Pens found themselves in an early 3-0 second period hole.

No matter, the Pens reeled off five straight, including the first two of Evgeni Malkin‘s hat trick to take a 5-3 lead. Washington answered with two of their own, before Malkin hit the troika to restore a one-goal cushion. That’s nine goals in one period! Washington would win the third 2-1, before Conor Sheary iced it for Pittsburgh in OT.

That 15-goal combined score, though, doesn’t come close to the all-time high of 21, shared by two teams.

Which got us to thinking, what other massive scorefests have happened in all major sports? Here are 10 games where defence was merely a suggestion.

10. Most Points Scored, NFL Regular Season Game – 113

In 1966, the Washington Redskins were not a powerhouse in the NFL’s East Conference, finishing the season at 7-7. Even worse were traditional rivals the New York Giants, who would anchor the bottom at 1-12-1. Near the end of that season, the New York Giants paid a visit to old D.C. Stadium on November 27. The Redskins, behind the passing of Sonny Jurgensen, burst out to a 13-0 first quarter lead. The teams would trade 35 points in the second quarter and the Skins would go into the half leading 34-14. The Giants opened the scoring in the second half on a 41-yard pass from Gary Wood to Joe Morrison, but the Redskins would answer back and with two more off-setting TDs, the score at the end of the third quarter was already 48-28. The Redskins iced it in the fourth, scoring back-to-back TDs on a punt return and interception. After the Giants scored twice to narrow the gap to 62-41, the Redskins tacked on another 10 points to win it 72-41.

Source: CBS Sports

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