Brenden Dillon, 22, is one of the young defensemen who are inspiring some hope for the Dallas Stars’ future. The franchise should get especially excited if he can regularly score goals like he did early in Tuesday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers:
It’s tempting to make a pool joke here, but instead, it also conjures up memories of the McDonald’s commercial where Michael Jordan and Larry Bird faced off in a game of H-O-R-S-E:
Too bad Nike doesn’t sell sweet sweaters like the one Jordan was wearing in that ad.
Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever
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:
This 3-on-3 OT hockey has me wondering if removing a player from each team every 5 minutes in soccer extra-time might be a good idea.
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: