The New York Islanders took the momentum they gained from their come-from-behind win on Friday and dominated early in the first period of Sunday’s contest.
The Islanders found the back of the net twice in the first 5:41 minutes of play, but that’s not enough to bury a team as talented as the Penguins.
Islanders defensemen Mark Streit and Travis Hamonic were charged with minor penalties just 34 seconds apart, giving the Penguins a 5-3 opportunity. Pittsburgh, which entered this game with a 37.5 power-play percentage in the first round, capitalized on New York’s mistakes by tying the game with goals just 19 seconds apart.
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Sidney Crosby dished the puck to Pascal Dupuis for the Penguins third goal of the period. The Islanders could still bounce back, but the Penguins certainly aren’t folding just because they suffered one bad loss.
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…