"Kings try to get possession; they haven't had it yet. Pass over to Perry. SCORES! And that is the end of the game. Corey Perry was right in the slot."
This was Bob Miller's call from Staples Center as Corey Perry scored the game-winning goal in overtime. The preseason has given us a glimpse of what's to come in the 2015-2016 NHL season when it comes to overtime hockey, and, by the looks of it, overtime will be short and quick.
Just to clarify, this is how 3-on-3 overtime is going to work in 2015-2016:
1. Overtime will last for 5 minutes, with the first team to score winning the game and extra standings point.
2. If nobody scores in the 5-minutes session, the game will go to a shootout. The shootout will have the same format as in seasons past (i.e. three shooters per side in alternating fashion. If tied after three shooters another is added until someone wins).
3. Power plays in overtime will add an extra player to the attacking team. So if you a penalty carries over into overtime or a minor is given during the overtime it will be 4-on-3. If a second penalty is added it will be 5-on-3. This should make overtime go by very quickly.
The Ducks' first encounter with the new overtime format came against the Colorado Avalanche in the first preseason game of the year. The Ducks played a combination of Mike Santorelli, Chris Wagner and Brandon Montour against Alex Tanguay, Blake Comeau and Nikita Zadorov. It took 1:18 for Tanguay to score and end the game. Overtime is all about winning the puck on the first draw and executing a play to end the game as quickly as possible. At first Rickard Rakell was on the ice and won the draw at the start of overtime. Chris Wagner took a shot at the Avalanche net and missed. The puck was immediately taken the other way and the Avalanche scored.
The first team that makes a mistake is the one that will lose in 3-on-3 overtime. The Ducks scored against the Kings in overtime with a combination of Rickard Rakell, Corey Perry and Cam Fowler. So far the Ducks have used a combination of two forwards (one that can win a faceoff) and one defenseman (most mobile being the first options).
Watch the movement on the attack after gaining possession in the offensive end:
Expect to see a lot of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell and possibly Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg as the forward options. On defense we should expect to see Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm.
As far as shootouts go for 2015-2016 we'll see more of the same. Silfverberg will always be on of the options with Perry, Getzlaf and Kesler likely filling out the rest of the rotation.