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.
Ryan Getzlaf is having a hell of a time finding ways to score goals these days. He’s got just eight goals as it is and is getting frustrated. (OC Register)
The Flames love Miikka Kiprusoff. They love him so much they let him get lit up by the Oilers 6-1 last night. (Edmonton Sun)
Even when the Los Angeles Kings score goals they’re finding ways to lose. Like getting up 3-0 on Phoenix before losing 5-4 in a shootout. (Los Angeles Times)
Claude Noel warned his Jets about scoring all those goals. Losing 5-4 in overtime in a “firewagon” game to the Flyers wasn’t his idea of fun. (Winnipeg Sun)
Mike Ribeiro’s reaction to playing in Montreal for the first time since being traded to Dallas six years ago left a bad taste in just about everyone in Montreal’s mouth. (Montreal Gazette)
Zach Parise didn’t appreciate the hit he got from Dion Phaneuf. He did, however, appreciate seeing David Clarkson have his back though. (Fire & Ice)
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…