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The NHL’s First 3-on-3 Overtime Was Crazy! (Video)
Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers found themselves deadlocked at 2-2 after 60 minutes of play. That meant that for the first time in NHL history, the 3-on-3 overtime rule would be implemented—in which the teams play the 5-minute overtime period with three skaters apiece, rather than the usual four.
And if Thursday’s overtime session between the Flyers and Bolts was an indication of things to come, hockey fans are in for quite the treat this season.
Why? Here’s a little rundown of what took place during OT, from the drop of the puck, to the game-winning goal by Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison just 2:17 later:
- two point-blank chances for the Lightning’s Anton Stralman.
- a 3-on-2 rush for the Flyers that required a big save from Ben Bishop.
- a 2-on-0 break for the Lightning.
- a 2-on-1 for the Lightning.
- a breakaway for the Flyers’ Scott Laughton.
- a penalty shot to Laughton for being hooked on said breakaway—which was stopped by Bishop.
- a good scoring chance for Jakub Voracek.
- a breakaway for Jason Garrison, resulting in a goal.
All of that. In just 137 seconds. It was madness, I tell ya. You can watch it all unfold in the video below: