Three games down, two to go. We’ll be hit with the same problem as
before as the Predators and Blackhawks game will be on at the same time
as Sharks and Avalanche, which is unfortunate. We’ll do our best.
3: Final – Philadelphia Flyers 3, New Jesey Devils 2 (OT)
lead series 2-1
An absolutely tremendous effort by the Flyers
in the third period and overtime was nearly negated by an equally
amazing effort by Martin Brodeur in net for the Devils. The Flyers
outshot the Devils 18-4 in the 3rd period and overtime, before Dan
Carcillo was about to slam home a rebound off a Mike Richards shot to
win the game for the Flyers.
While the officiating is certainly
going to get some attention in this game, the Devils will be left
wondering when they can expect for their forwards to actually raise
their level of play.The Flyers completely outworked the Devils in a
titular game in the series, while the Devils managed just 19 shots on
goal. Ilya Kovalchuk: zero shots on goal.
Game 3: Final – Ottawa Senators 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 4
lead series 2-1
Sidney Crosby continues to be the difference
maker in this series. The Penguins captain had a goal and an assist,
including what would become the game winning goal off an big effort down
low on the power play in the last minute of the second period.
Senators will be frustrated over their inability to take advantage of
several scoring chances in the middle frame, missing the net on several
odd man rushes and flubbing or whiffing on a number of open shots. The
Senators have the energy and the pressure to try and keep up with the
Penguins, but it’s looking they just don’t have the firepower.
Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.
Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.
And what a look it was.
In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.
It was, in a word, fun.
Lots of fun.
A quick sampling of reviews:
Of course, not everybody was a fan:
Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.
But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…