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.

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.