SUNRISE, Fla. – At first, it almost seemed as if the Beatles had broken up. Mikko, MacK and Landy – the Three-Headed Monster – were split up (Ringo still hasn’t joined the band). I thought, at first, that it was a silly move of desperation when Jared Bednar did it. Why break up the biggest-scoring line in hockey, in a tie game in the third period against the forever-mediocre Florida Panthers?
When the game was over?
“Jared, what does it feel like to be a stone-cold genius?”
No, that wasn’t my question to the Avs’ bench boss following his team’s 5-2 victory. But the move sure worked out, didn’t it? To start the third period of a 2-2 game, Bednar moved J.T. Compher on to the top line, with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog, while Mikko Rantanen moved to right wing on a line with Tyson Jost and Alexander Kerfoot.