To fully capture the essence of the NHL’s new three-on-three overtime, keep this in mind:
The Lightning won its second three-on-three of the year Friday night, beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in only 36 seconds. Ondrej Palat scored the winner on a perfect cross-ice pass from Steven Stamkos, who was playing in his 500th game.
The winning goal was set up when Stamkos took the puck from Andrew Ladd on the wall. Ladd fell, and Stamkos found himself leading a three-on-one. He passed to Victor Hedman, then took a return pass, then passed to the other side of the goal to Palat.
Also scoring for the Lightning were Braydon Coburn, Cedric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov.
Tampa Bay has now played in three of the new overtime periods, winning two and having the other one go to a shootout, which it lost.
The Lightning plays against Chicago tonight in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final.