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3-on-3 OT is popular with everyone…except goalies…

Among the National Post's Michael Traikos' observations from the first week of the 2015-16 season:

The 3-on-3 is a “gong show” for goalies

There have been five games that went to overtime so far this season. Of those, only two have gone the distance and required a shootout to solve.

For the NHL, which predicted that 72% of games would end in the 3-on-3, it is an encouraging sign. Unless, of course, you happen to be a goaltender.

Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop called the 3-on-3 OT format a “gong show” and Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller said “It’s kind of like an All-Star Game.” But you cannot argue with the entertainment value. Breakaways, odd-man rushes and scoring chances on nearly every puck possession has translated into the most exciting five minutes of the game.

“Definitely nerve-wracking,” Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, who scored in a 3-on-3 overtime win against Vancouver. “With so much time and space and ice, one costly turnover or mistake and that’s the game. You’ve got to be smart out there. You have to be strategic about it, but it’s fun.”

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Hank1974's avatar

Maybe the goalies should stuff more sofa cushions under their jersey’s to help deal with the aggravation of 3-on-3 (which is the most exciting thing about today’s NHL).

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/16/15 at 02:58 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

You would think that goalies would actually prefer the 3-on-3 to having to deal with guys like Patrick Kane and his bullshit coming-to-a-complete-stop-but-not-really stickhandling fest in the shootouts. At least with the 3-on-3, the goalies do have some help.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 10/16/15 at 04:44 PM ET

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