Sheldon Souray

PHT Morning Skate: Where the players are on Plan D – at best

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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.

It’s good fun when a player makes a really literal analogy about the lockout. In this case, Sheldon Souray calls dissolution of the union a final option, but more amusingly also labels it as essentially no better than “Plan D.” (OC Register’s Eric Stephens Twitter feed)

Kevin Allen thinks that the next CBA could generate a greater number of sign-and-trade deals in the NHL. (USA Today via Kukla’s Korner)

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe wonders why the NHL and NHLPA are depriving people of a pick-me-up. (Yohe’s Sulia)

Dirk Hoag shares a few ideas for sad fans. (On the Forecheck)

Rudy Kelly says goodbye to Battle of California with a heartfelt message, but most importantly, a flying patriotic Fraser dog. (Battle of California)

Hey, what are two things that totally go together? Brenden Morrow and pilates, of course. (Dallas Morning News)

Looking back at some old Chicago Blackhawks Christmas cards. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

A lesson in stickhandling fundamentals. (

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…