Sometimes, a broken pane of glass can be a blessing for hockey fans: it acts as an unofficial timeout for both teams and (perhaps most importantly) an extra opportunity for a bathroom break for those with compromised bladders. Then again, it’s also a break from the action that often means that a typically efficient hockey game will go on quite a bit longer.
But tonight’s Philadelphia Flyers-Minnesota Wild game was an odd one, as a broken pane of glass caused such a slowdown that officials actually decided to send both teams to their locker rooms.
So instead of playing the second period right after the Zamboni resurfacing, the two teams played the near-two minute excess of the first before the second could begin. Here is a little more background on the situation, via the Associated Press.
The remaining 1:57 of the first period will be played right before the second period begins.
With the Flyers leading 2-0, Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux came out of his end and fired a shot from near center ice that shattered the glass along the side boards by the right circle.
As the shards of glass were shoveled by the arena crew, officials sent the teams to their dressing rooms.
It doesn’t appear that the break really made a difference. No goals were scored during that extra time period and the Flyers hold a 3-1 lead going into the third period.
The Nashville Predators hope to get back in their series now that the San Jose Sharks are visiting “Smashville.” Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars and Blues jostle for a 2-1 lead in St. Louis.
You can keep up with Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders (which is in progress) right here and on NBCSN.
Game 3 of Sharks – Predators is on USA Network and can be streamed via the link below.
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Finally, Game 3 of Stars – Blues airs on NBCSN. Keep an eye out for notes if there’s overlap with Bolts – Isles (which would bump it temporarily to NHL Network), but either way, you can stream the action below.
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Jonathan Drouin‘s strong playoff play has been a big story for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but his health is in question after taking a huge hit on Tuesday.
As you can see from the video above, Drouin was shaken up by an enormous check from New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey. It’s believed that Drouin went to “The Quiet Room” to see if he suffered a concussion; PHT will pass along whatever information becomes available.
(NHL teams aren’t exactly forthcoming with this information.)
The Islanders actually ended up with a power play from the fallout, as Hickey’s hit didn’t earn a penalty. The general reaction is that it wasn’t a dirty hit, yet some might disagree with that sentiment.
Update: Drouin didn’t come out during the beginning of the third period. He did, however, return midway through the final frame.
The NHL named the three finalists for the 2016 Foundation Player Award on Tuesday: Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano, New York Islanders forward Matt Martin and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
The awarded is handed to “an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
The winner gets to hand $25K to the charity of his choice.
You know a playoff series is starting to rev up when teams can’t even peacefully share an ice surface during warm-ups.
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to draw a red line in the sand between each other before Game 3, with the two sides exchanging a couple bumps and mean looks.
It’s … honestly a pretty amusing spectacle.
You can watch it all in the video above. Perhaps this GIF will fuel a meme or two:
Brian Boyle downplayed the exchange(s):