The Philadelphia Flyers employed a curious tactic against the Tampa Bay Lightning's vaunted 1-3-1 defensive scheme on Wednesday.
Flyers defensemen Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen and captain Chris Pronger elected to either remain stationary or skate in small circles while waiting for the closest Lightning member to break from his spot. A cascade of boos rained down as play was reduced to a crawl for several minutes during the first period.
The play was whistled dead on two occasions, resulting in a faceoff in the Flyers' end.
"Yes, this is typically something that could really hurt hockey," former NHL head coach Marc Crawford told TSN. "Fans don't want to watch that type of a system where nothing is happening. I think unfortunately this is absolutely something that the league will have to address."
Rookie Brett Connolly scored 2:30 into overtime as the Lightning recorded their first five-game home winning streak in four seasons with a 2-1 triumph over the Flyers.
In overtime, Dom...