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.
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is grateful that he’s healthy again, but he admits that he feels “like kind of a robot.” (The Washington Times)
The Hockey News appoints its top 10 all-time lines, with the No. 1 group including Anze Kopitar’s best pal. It begs the question: what’s your favorite line of the post-lockout era? (The Hockey News)
The potential Seattle arena investor believes that it’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” (Seattle PI)
Making the case for the NHL’s involvement in the 2014 Olympics. (Regina Leader-Post)
Marty Turco put his Italian vacation on hold to back up Tim Thomas for the Boston Bruins. What a life. (Boston.com)
With NCAA free agents coming into vogue again, it makes sense to look at how the best ones have fared recently. Wayne Scanlan reports that things haven’t been going too well for Hobey Baker Award winners in the NHL lately. (Postmedia News)
Thomas Boswell ventures a rare opinion regarding the Washington Capitals: they shouldn’t panic. (The Washington Post)
The St. Louis Blues have been one of the NHL’s best 5-on-5 teams, but their special teams units haven’t produced at an elite level. That’s been changing lately, which is prompting Ken Hitchcock’s gang to think bold. (NHL.com)
Mike Fisher is on pace for the best season of his career – not counting previous off-ice accomplishments such as landing Carrie Underwood, of course. (Predators Insider)
Matt Reitz goes in-depth on Jeff Carter. (View from My Seats)
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…