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PHT Morning Skate: J.S. Giguere wows again

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett ponders the idea of coaches getting NFL-inspired “challenges.” Click the link for the audio. (Coyotes)

Mikael Samuelsson might be getting things together as a Florida Panthers forward. It’s likely not just about that center ice goal, either. (On Frozen Pond)

Doug Weight is getting used to life as a retired NHL player. (NHL.com)

Dustin Byfuglien – aka “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer” – returned to the Winnipeg Jets lineup and helped them win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (The Globe & Mail)

Mike Heika attempts to gauge how the Dallas Stars’ playoff outlook as changed after the past two games. (Dallas Morning News)

Mr. Plank covers the franchise records that the San Jose Sharks set by beating those Dallas Stars 6-2. (Fear the Fin)

On Frozen Blog’s Mike Rucki compares to the Washington Capitals to the 2002-03 version that survived quite a bit of injuries. You’re not going to believe this, but Jeff Halpern = Jeff Halpern. (On Frozen Blog)

NHL.com spotlights these players as potential trade deadline targets. (NHL.com)

Has Jean-Sebastien Giguere found some sort of time machine? He’s playing like the guy who prompted many people to give him a goofy Will Smith-inspired nickname. Check out his great save from Thursday’s narrow 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche:

Tuomo Ruutu isn’t exactly dampening his trade value with goals like these:

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever

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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.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


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…