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.
James Mirtle breaks down all 30 NHL teams by height, weight and age. The San Jose Sharks come in strong there, as they’re the tallest, heaviest and eighth oldest. (Mirtle’ blog)
Apparently 200,000 tuned in … to watch a Pittsburgh Penguins scrimmage. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis discusses the league’s new measures regarding quality ice. (The Washington Times via Kukla’s Korner)
Jonathan Toews should be OK to play despite missing practice with flu-like symptoms. (CSNChicago.com)
Five key questions for the Dallas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)
Joe Pelletier has an interesting choice for the most electrifying player he’s ever seen. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
Mile High Hockey puts various media sources’ rankings for the Colorado Avalanche in one spot. (Mile High Hockey)
The Ottawa Senators believe that the key to lockout forgiveness is free beer. (Puck Daddy)
A call for more from Milan Lucic. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)
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…