Coming up at 3 p.m. ET on NBC it’s Game 2 between San Jose and Detroit from the HP Pavillion in San Jose. San Jose hopes to defend home ice and take a 2-0 lead in the series heading to Game 3 while the Red Wings hope to get a win today and head home for the next two games with some momentum.
Making things difficult for Detroit in that task will be Antti Niemi who hopes to show the Red Wings why he was able to help Chicago win the Stanley Cup last season. Meanwhile, the Wings look for Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg to assert themselves and show why they’re two of the best players in the NHL.
To see how things turn out, you can join us to watch Game 2 online with NHL Extra. There we’ll be providing our own snarky analysis of the game as well as answering your questions on what’s going on around the playoffs. We’ll be kicking off our part of the live chat right at 3 p.m. ET.
Join us for NHL Extra for Game 2 between San Jose and Detroit
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…