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Lucic played 3 on 3 OT hockey while playing for the Coquitlam Express.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“You feel like it’s almost fitting that it ends that way, rather in the shootout. It’s definitely something I would be in favor of,” said Lucic. “A five minute 4-on-4 and then a five minute 3-on-3 would be really exciting, and cool to watch. Hopefully they do something where we can get it done in overtime rather than a shootout.
“I remember that nobody ever came off the ice and was like ‘that’s so stupid that we lost it 3-on-3’ [when they got back to the dressing room]. Your chances were always pretty good to score. It was just a matter of who was going to score first.”
What was the 3-on-3 session like?
“It was just back-and-forth: chance after chance after chance,” said Lucic. “It becomes almost like pond hockey, run-and-gun type style. It definitely settles the score. I think maybe it’s 60/40 with the [players] that want to see an improvement in the [overtime/shootout] area.
“We’ll see what the geniuses of hockey come up with. I’m all for making a change... Even if it’s a ten-minute 4-on-4 that would make it better and more exciting. I just think it’s more fitting to have a game end that way rather than in a shootout.”
Then we have this and if you read between the lines, it may be a compensation issue...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The decision to disallow the goal was made exclusively by the Referee and independent of video review. The Situation Room informed Leggo the puck had entered the net. Referee Leggo then informed the hockey world that it had been done so through illegal means (incidental contact of the goalie) which he determined on the initial play and therefore the goal would not stand.
In this situation Referee Mike Leggo and the system currently in place performed to perfection. Like you Matt, I would prefer to see goalie interference become a reviewable offense; not to assess a penalty but to determine the legitimacy of a goal. I would also want the review to take place at ice level and performed by the Referee(s). I am sure the Refs would welcome the opportunity to personally review the play through video and make the final determination at ice level. After all, that's what they get paid to do.
If you missed the play, watch it here.
from Scott Morrison of Sportsnet,
As exciting as the shootout has been, it has, in the eyes of many, also run its course. Managers, coaches and players alike are tired of seeing too many games decided by a gimmick, however entertaining it may be, especially with playoff races so tight and the stakes so high.
They are right. The solution for the NHL is to extend its overtime period, which is often wildly entertaining itself. If it doesn’t settle the game, then go to the shootout. But give them a chance to end the game playing, not in a penalty shot competition as often as possible. But know this: The shootout is not disappearing any time soon under Gary Bettman’s watch, but we may see fewer of them.
VP and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom discussed some of the topics which were brought up in the GM meeting.
Things like how is hybrid-icing working, fights, use of video review and coach's challenge.
from the CP at TSN,
General managers discussed fighting, hybrid icing and the NHL's new playoff format among a host of other topics at their annual post-Hall of Fame meeting.
No formal rule changes came about, though the purpose of this get-together is more to set up March's meeting.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland's idea to extend overtime to 10 minutes got serious discussion. He wants four-on-four for five minutes and then three-on-three for another five, while Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and others want simply 10 minutes of four-on-four.
added 6:36pm. Much more detailed information on the meeting from the Stephen Whyno of the CP at the National Post,
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
- James Neal, the Penguins’ right winger, has had a frustrating start to the new season – out with an upper body injury – but is back skating with the Penguins. Pittsburgh had penciled in Neal and Beau Bennett as the wingers on their No. 2 line with Evgeni Malkin, but both have missed extensive time with injuries. Both are back now – Neal playing 17-plus minutes in his return Saturday, Bennett about 11 – in the Penguins’ loss to the Bruins. Their return should help Malkin get going again. With a rotating cast of wingers, the former MVP and scoring champion was tied for 37th in the NHL scoring race after Sunday’s games, with 15 points in 17 games.
- The Ducks signed Dustin Penner to a one-year, $2-million contract as a free agent last summer, hoping that the chance to return to his original NHL team – where he won a Stanley Cup in 2007 – would get his career back on the rails. Penner was given a chance to play with Getzlaf and Perry in training camp and made the least of his opportunity. He wasn’t very good; he eventually was demoted to the fourth line and was a healthy scratch earlier in the season. But Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t a guy who holds a long grudge and believes in second chances, so after trying mostly Patrick Maroon up on the No. 1 line, he eventually put Penner back with Getzlaf and Perry. This time, it clicked. Penner had four points Friday night in a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, as did Getzlaf, but the most remarkable part of his turnaround is this: He is a plus-18 through his first 12 games of the season, which is the highest by any NHL player since the 1984-85 season when a trio of players, led by Wayne Gretzky, at plus-28, had better plus-minus ratings.
It will be yet another example of how the NHL, which clearly lacks faith in its game’s ability to be mainstream, bends over backward to retain fighting. Its rule book is dotted with language that restricts it, yet allows it. Now the Lords of the Boards will make room for an “Emery Rule,” when the easiest, cleanest, and smartest thing to do would be simply to get rid of fighting outright.
Rather than just get to the right answer, the NHL dithers away by adding layers of rightness, displaying both a lack of faith in its game’s marketability and, most of all, a void in vision and leadership.
-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the fighting topic.
Coach's Corner: Leafs are Throwing Reimer 'to the wolves'"
Grapes says they're protecting Jonathan Bernier because they traded for him, 'but that's alright'.
Cherry also said the ref in the Emery fight did the right thing and a few more topics too.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- There will always be debate about this, but Chris Chelios, who gets the Hall of Fame call Monday night, tops my personal list on the best Americans to ever play. I would rank them 1. Chelios; 2. Brian Leetch; 3. Pat LaFontaine; 4. Mike Modano. 5. Mark Howe. And leave Brett Hull off the list because he grew up in Canada and learned to play hockey in Winnipeg and Vancouver.
- I keep hearing that Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the Sharks will be named to the Team Canada defence, but onetime sure thing defender Kris Letang will not ... And while I see a Team Canada with P.K. Subban on defence, if he's playing the right side he won't play ahead of Drew Doughty, Shea Weber or Alex Pietrangelo, all right handed shots.
- Heard a Scotty Bowman interview recently. He was asked who the second-best forward in the NHL was, behind Sidney Crosby. He answered something about Sweden having a terrific and deep defence for the Olympics. Typical Scotty.
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