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Official details for 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 format


The 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s switch to a bold 3-on-3 format hasn’t been a well-kept secret, yet there are plenty of details to hash out. Now we know the big stuff.

Update: Click here for the full NHL release, which even includes a timeline of All-Star Game format changes.

Sounds like a job for a bulleted list.

/Crowd roars

  • It’s going to be a 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four divisions against each other (West’s Pacific vs. Central, East’s Atlantic vs. Metropolitan, then a final round).
  • The four teams will feature 11 players each: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. Captains will be based on top vote-getters, and the winning team divides the $1 million winning prize.
  • The games will be 20 minutes long.

Here are two screens from the NBCSN telecast for your viewing pleasure (with more bullet points).



WATCH LIVE: Capitals at Red Wings – Wednesday Night Rivalry


Alex Ovechkin already had a chance to break his tie with Sergei Fedorov against the Detroit Red Wings. Will this second shot do the trick?

Ovechkin’s been snake-bitten since tying Fedorov’s record for goals scored by a Russian-born player, but that serves as a nice bonus storyline for tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry match between the Red Wings and Washington Capitals.

Fittingly, Ovechkin goes back to a line with Nicklas Backstrom, the guy who set up many of his goals … and also set up some Fedorov tallies.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream the action via the link below.


Julien questions Bruins’ commitment after another loss

Claude Julien

Did the Boston Bruins hit a wall in November, or are they just not getting the same effort they enjoyed in October?

That’s a matter of debate, although it’s pretty clear where Claude Julien stands after a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

“We all know this isn’t good enough. … There’s no excuse for tonight,” Julien said, according to NESN’s Zack Cox. “I don’t think we have the full commitment of the whole group.”

The Bruins finished October on a tear, going 6-1-0. Things have soured since then, as they’ve gone 2-5-0 since November began.

One thing seems tough to debate: the Bruins need to find a way to improve on defense, which is definitely not a familiar predicament.

Malkin puts on a show; Penguins show some life


Remember all that business about Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins being mad (or not?) at each other?

It looks like Malkin is going back to make opponents feel bad.

Malkin ended his goal-scoring slump in a big way tonight, finding the net twice in the second period against the Minnesota Wild.

By the end of that frame, the Wild indeed seemed a little irritated.

Malkin? Well, just ask the Penguins:

As you can see, Malkin’s first goal made Minnesota for a different reason.

Update: That gorgeous Malkin goal ended up being the game-winner, as the Penguins managed that 4-1 lead into a 4-3 win.

The Penguins ended a two-game skid and began a four-game homestand with this win while Minnesota has lost two in a row.

On the bright side for the Wild, they’ll enjoy a significant run of home games after ending this road trip against the Bruins in Boston on Thursday.

David Backes’ boarding hit on Rene Bourque


David Backes avoided league discipline stemming from the hits/fight/general chaos he took part in against the Chicago Blackhawks. Will he find himself on the wrong side of the law this time around, though?

The St. Louis Blues’ snarly captain received a two-minute boarding penalty for his questionable check on Rene Bourque.

Video’s available in the clip above.

So, what do you think? Is the two-minute penalty enough, or should the league make him sit out a game or more?

The Blue Jackets ended up winning the game 3-1.