Lat night's overtime fiasco between Tampa Bay and Washington was a sight to behold. It was the last game played and had the attention of the entire hockey world with a Versus audience.
The overtime period featured an unheard of three penalty calls and resulting power plays. The three on three play for 58 seconds was great with plenty of open ice. With all this, no goals were scored.
It took a skills competition to decide the game but the brief period of three on three did offer hope for the potential future when after five minutes of four on four in overtime, three on three play would offer a better ending than a shootout.
Hopefully, at some point, after enough Research and Development Camps, the NHL powers that be will agree.
Make the jump for all today's news and links...
This weeks RLD Hockey Talk will take a detour back to the Noon Tuesday (CDT) slot for a visit with Yahoo Sports' Nick Cotsonika. We will have a good look at current hot topic in the NHL and maybe a few offbeat ones too. Join us live or later on podcast on BlogTalkRadio.
Stu Grimson et al. vs. Cherry...
Last week, Don Cherry ranted about the new crackdown by Brendan Shanahan and went off on folks wanting to ban fighting and included Stu Grimson in the list. Stu joined Twitter and replied that he had never said what he was acused of saying and went on XM radio later in the day to respond further.
This morning, Josh Cooper has more on Stu's plan to respond further. Paul McCann has even more.
Puck Daddy has a round-up of the growing dispute from laste last night.
Finally, Stu Hackel says that it is time for Don Cherry to go.
In Pred Nation...
Mark Willoughby has got the inside track on Mattias Ekholm's blog to his hometown paper. This is really insightful.
In spite of two wins, Barry Trotz is not satisfied. Ryan Porth explains why. Ryan also discusses the stability that the core of the NHL's youngest team provides.
David Boclair points out that the Preds relied on Pekka Rinne too much in the two opening wins.
Jim Diamond expands on an in game comment from Saturday when it was noted that Jordin Tootoo and Blake Geoffrion were a successful penalty kill pairing over the weekend.
Mike Organ has notes from Monday's practice that includes Marty Erat still being on the shelf.
Bryan Mullen has a nice piece about Mike Fisher and his new book, "Defender of Faith." Preds.com also has a look at the week ahead.
Dirk Hoag's has his season previews of Jerred Smithson and Nick Spaling. He also discusses how to turn a hockey blog into an enterprise that pays more than scrubbing toilets. He closed out the day with plenty of links and opened today with more both local and national.
Paul McCann has a few thoughts to start the week.
Jeremy Sargent lauds the early career of Craig Smith.
The Toronto Sun has a nice feature on Kirk Muller in his first pro head coaching job in Milwaukee.
Groupon has a good deal on club seats to a couple of upcoming Predator Tuesday night games.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard's appeal of his two game suspension went nowhere with the commissioner. Bouchard's agent Allan Walsh is not happy. From @TSNBobMcKenzie: This P-M Bouchard appeal of his suspension is interesting because it hilights an issue in coming CBA negotiations. NHLPA wants independent arbitrator to hear disciplinary appeals (like in baseball), not the commissioner. NHL has zero appetite for that.
Ryan Smyth has heard nothing from Shanny for his elbow to the head of Chris Kunitz late in Sunday's Oilers-Pens game. They don't play again until Thursday, so he may not be out of the woods yet.
Around the NHL...
There are indications out of Pittsburgh from Rob Rossi that Sidney Crosby may be ready to take another step in his comeback this week.
RLD Hockey has their first in-season version of the weekly power rankings.
Kevin Weeks tabs Pekka Rinne as the second best goalie in the NHL behind Tim Thomas.
In another goalie piece, Jamie McLennan has seven goalies to watch for breakout years.
After plenty of offseason questions, Semyon Varlamov made quite an impression in the Avs 1-0 win in Boston on Monday.
I received several critical comments for saying Columbus was the door mat of the Central Division but they are on their way with an 0-3 start after Monday's 3-2 loss to Vancouver.
Kevin Allen has ten observations from opening weekend in the NHL.
Barry Melrose ranks his top scoring duos in the NHL.
Steve Lapore has a new feature called random cities. This week, Kings play by play guy Bob Miller looks at five cities including Nashville.
Gabriel Landeskog had an impressive debut playing in front of his childhood idol, Peter Forsberg.
Dennis Beyak gives his perspective of the opening weekend in Winnipeg.
Down Goes Brown has a look at some new perspectives for the NHL season.
Coming to an arena near you is a song by a band called Locksley called "The Whip." Boomer Gordon of NHL Home Ice was complaining that Toronto was using it for their goal song and pointed out that Dallas was using it too. Hopefully, we will not hear it at Bridgestone Arena.
Michelle Kenneth continues her tour of Morocco with an update.
Odds and Ends...
Congrats to Amber Miller who had a new baby hours after completing the 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon.
The was trouble at Disney World on Sunday when the Astro Orbiter had to be shut down due to a small fire caused by a hot light bulb.
For all you mountain bikers, this looks like a ride full of thrills near Moab, Utah. It's not the slickrock that the area is known for.
The Economist points out that India may be the new China with exports growing due to new products being manufactured there.
After an initial surge, it does not look like that Google + will be the new Facebook.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass