Ryan Potulny scored 2:58 into the fifth overtime as the Phantoms defeated the Albany River Rats last night, 3-2, to take a 3-2 lead in the AHL's best-of-seven Eastern Division semifinals.

At 142 minutes and 58 seconds, it was the longest game in Phantoms history, eclipsing 113:02 in Game 4 of the 2004 East Division semifinals against Norfolk. It was also the longest in league history, beating out Hamilton's win over Houston in the 2003 Calder Cup finals that lasted 134.56.

The game, which lasted 4 hours and 38 minutes, was reminiscent of the Flyers' 2-1 win over Pittsburgh in Game 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals, which went five overtimes.

The Phantoms finished with a record 101 shots on goal. The River Rats had 67. Phantoms goalie Scott Munroe had 65 saves. The River Rats' Michael Leighton had an incredible 98 saves.

The AHL does not keep playoff records for shots, but last night's tally was unofficially the most ever.

Jared Ross scored twice for the Phantoms, who host Game 6 tomorrow at the Wachovia Center at 1:05 p.m. *