In Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the HuLK line continued its dominance, scoring all of the Boston Bruins goals. Now it seems we might need to come up with a cute acronym for the Tyler Seguin – Chris Kelly – Daniel Paille line.
Paille opened up the scoring in Game 3, giving him two consecutive goals (the 4-3 OT winner from Game 2 might be a little bit more renowned, but still). Chris Kelly scored as well, so the SKiP* line collected three straight Bruins goals.
Here’s the Paille marker from Game 3:
That wasn’t the only moment for the [Insert your superior nickname] line, though. An earlier chance for Paille, 29, forced Corey Crawford to charge out and kill the chance, Dominik Hasek-style.
The improving third line also influenced the 2-0 goal in a big way, as Kelly and Paille drew penalties going to the net. That opened the door for Jaromir Jagr to set up Patrice Bergeron on the power play.
This group might not maintain this red-hot run for long, but it’s making a big difference on a huge stage.
* – Pretty good, huh? No? Oh, OK.
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…