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.
Dave Stubbs passes along word that famous Montreal beat writer “Red” Fisher has retired. Stubbs’ Twitter feed is essentially turning into a treasure trove of Red bits this morning. (Dave Stubbs)
Someone brought up the intriguing possibility of the Washington Capitals going “off the board” a bit by hiring underrated head coach Paul Maurice. That possibility is out the window now, however, as Genadi Boguslavski reports that Maurice agreed to the KHL team Metalurg Magnitogorsk today. (Genadi Boguslavski)
USA Hockey honored Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos. (Hurricanes)
Why the Detroit Red Wings will probably be rooting for I’ll Have Another to win the Triple Crown. (Red Wings)
Pierre LeBrun has some tips to reduce wear-and-tear on players so the playoffs can end with teams that are a little less banged up. Not sure I feel all that great about randomly making the second round – but not the first round – shorter with a best-of-five series, though. (ESPN)
Lisa Dillman discusses Martin Brodeur’s “Peter Pan” qualities – and no, this isn’t an elaborate joke about peanut butter. (LA Times)
Looking back to when Dale Tallon first took over the Florida Panthers. (Miami Herald)
Want even more Morning Skate-y goodness? CSNNE.com has one of their own. (CSNNE.com)
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…