For two minutes Thursday night, fans got a glimpse of the potential future of the NHL.
Matching penalties in overtime resulted in two full minutes of 3-on-3 play between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Neither team was able to score, but the 120 seconds were filled with exciting scoring chances and impressive saves. The game then went to a shootout, and while the Bruins emerged as 3-2 winners, the sentiment on shootouts — especially with head coach Claude Julien — remains mostly negative.
NHL general managers are expected to discuss potentially replacing shootouts with 3-on-3 overtime play during their annual meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., next week. While the topic was hot, NESN’s Billy Jaffe, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley decided to weigh in on “The Instigators” after Thursday’s win.
“It’s pond hockey, right?” Edwards said. “There’s so much ice, and there’s so much opportunity for creativity. This is what fans want … Anybody who has been connected with hockey wants to see the game end on a hockey goal, not on some guy going 11 miles an hour down to four miles an hour and dangling until the goalie opens up a hole.”
Do you agree with Edwards? Hear more from the trio in the video above.
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