To provide a further update to what we reported earlier about Ian Laperriere’s status, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated the situation via media conference call.
“I think this is significant. They saw a little spot there initially and I think they were hoping, like we all were, that it would dissipate a little bit, but after seeing the doctor yesterday and validating it again today – it kind of erased any optimism we had. Right now it’s not safe for Ian to play.”
What this means is that after going through a CAT scan, they were able to visibly see the damage done to Laperriere’s brain, even days later. That is ugly. As for what it means for the Flyers…
“They’ll be a point in time, probably in four weeks, where we will give him another CAT scan and see what’s going on. At that time maybe we can re-adjust, but that’s a long ways off. That’s four weeks and probably not doing a whole lot… and what’s it take for him to get back into shape and that type of thing, so its’ pretty safe to say that he’s out indefinitely is probably for the remainder of the season.”
Simply put, this is a simple decision to make for the Flyers, albeit a difficult one. Laperriere’s role on the team as a penalty killer and grinder forward is very important for a team that seems to have found themselves in the playoffs. Losing Laperriere for this amount of time hurts the Flyers immensely, especially if they’re facing off with Washington in the second round of the playoffs.
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…