While not a fan of the shootout deciding a game, I will admit that I LOVE to watch them!
I’ve detested them since the day they were introduced … just as I absolutely hated the designated hitter in baseball. Chacun a son gout.
The NHL should switch to a system of 3 points for a win. That would hopefully lower the number of games that actually will need on OT period or a shoot-out.
This article is outright wrong on its premise.
Games never went on forever during the regular season, they ended at 60 min with a 2 pt win or a 1pt tie for both teams.
The playoffs went and still go to sudden death.
Now both teams get a point for the tie and then most of the team sits on the bench watching a skills competition of 3 on 3 and shootout to get a bonus point.
It’s like baseball canning extra innings and having a homerun competition to end regular season games which actually DO go on forever.
i would imagine that the nhl will add more gimmicks as its poised to start their relationship with espn.
I don’t like shootouts in and of themselves, but I like what they do to the game. We should get rid of the loser point while we’re at it. Every game should be worth 2 points. If your team didn’t do enough to earn a win in the first 65 minutes, then you should be fine with the proverbial coin toss. It’s a tough sport. There are no participation trophies.
As with Tim Peel’s hot-mic gaffe, keeping the loser point is part of the NHL’s illusion of parity.