Trading breakaways and playing at a frenetic pace was what 3-on-3 overtime was about when it debuted in the NHL in 2015

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STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer

January 24, 2020, 10:27 PM

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ST. LOUIS — Victor Hedman fondly recalls the NHL’s first 3-on-3 overtime because it was madness.

“It was probably a minute and a half of just breakaways,” the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman said. “Jason Garrison scored the goal — beat the D-man (and scored) five-hole.”

Trading breakaways and playing at a frenetic pace was what 3-on-3 was about when it debuted in 2015. The idea was to open up the ice for skilled players so fewer games needed to

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