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Report: NHL will cancel games through Dec. 30 (Update: it’s official)


The fact that the NHL will cancel more games is a given. They have already scrapped all contests through Dec. 14, but even if the lockout ended today, the league wouldn’t be able to get everything ready for a season opener on Saturday.

So really the only question has been when the NHL will announce further cancelations and how many games will be eliminated this time.

Well, it looks like the NHL will report today (yep, it did) that all games through Dec. 30 are gone, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

A total of 526 regular-season games—42.8 percent of the season—were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Dec. 30. In addition to that, the 2013 Winter Classic and All-Star Game have long since been scrapped.

While the news of further cancelations is never good, the silver lining is that the NHL has reportedly elected to only eliminate two weeks and thus preserve the possibility of a New Year’s Eve or early January start to the 2012-13 campaign.

The NHL and union are looking to resume the CBA negotiations this week following Thursday’s meltdown.

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…