Wings find possession crucial in new OT format

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Calgary, Alberta — The first exposure to 3-on-3 overtime was pretty much what the Red Wings expected.

They probably didn’t expect to lose — on Calgary’s Mark Giordano’s goal winning it 3-2 — but the fast pace and thrilling offensive chances going either way turned out to be just as predicted.

“It was fun, wide open, exactly what you thought it would be,” said goalie Jimmy Howard, who faced the Flames’ surge in overtime. “I just wish it would be us celebrating.”

As expected, puck possession will be huge in the 3-on-3 format, as teams look for the ideal scoring opportunity.

Both teams appeared to take extra special care of the puck in the overtime, looking for an open seam for a scoring opportunity.

“There will be a decent amount of chances each way,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We got caught on a long shift there (on the Giordano goal). We had a couple of real good chances there.”

Said Danny DeKeyser: “It definitely opens up the ice. There are a lot more scoring chances. It was fun. Hopefully we can get a system down and win some of those.”