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Kings and Ducks are among those pleased with the NHL's new three-on-three overtime format

Kings and Ducks are among those pleased with the NHL's new three-on-three overtime format

Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, said during league meetings in June that he thought a three-on-three overtime format could be more entertaining than the fan-friendly, crowd-pleasing shootout.

NHL management, coaches and players have had more than half a season to evaluate the format, which will be on display with a tournament at the All-Star event next weekend in Nashville.

You can't quite call three-on-three overtime Mr. Holland's opus, but the long-tenured GM in Detroit had been front and center in championing the format change.

"My personal take is that it is as good as or better than we hoped for," Holland said in a telephone...

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