For the second time this season, an Atlanta Thrashers player collapsed on the ice. Forward Freddy Meyer was the most recent to do so during tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames, while Ondrej Pavelec fainted suddenly in a scary scene during the team’s first game of the 2010-11 campaign.
As you can see from the video located at the bottom of this post, Meyer took a bit of a bump from Flames forward Rene Bourque, but it certainly didn’t seem like the type of thing that would cause such a reaction. TSN’s Bob McKenzie speculates that perhaps the fainting spell was related to a concussion, which he might have suffered earlier.
The good news is that Meyer eventually left the ice under his own power, according to NHL Fanhouse. It’s unclear at this time if Meyer will miss any time due to the incident, but hopefully Atlanta will be careful with the situation. Especially if he is, indeed, suffering from a concussion.
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…