NHL Humor: 10 Alternatives to the Shootout

December 15th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The NHL first adapted the shootout to settle regular season games for the 2005-06 season.

At the time, many fans were complaining about the number of games that were ending in a tie, and they wanted a winner.

Since its inception there have been a total of 856 shootouts, which equates to approximately 13 percent of all games being decided by what is arguably a glorified skills competition. (All stats courtesy of NHLshootouts.com.)

For some NHL teams, the difference between making the playoffs and heading to the golf course early often hinges on their success in the shootout, which is a travesty.

Traditional hockey fans roll their eyes at the thought that their team could miss the playoffs based on their success in the shootout. For them, a tie was just fine, an indication that both teams played their hearts out, that both teams earned a point.

As exciting as the shootout can be for the winning side, I have always hated to see a game decided in this manner. Worse yet is when international competitions have used the shootout to decide championships, which is preposterous!

Overall, the idea of deciding a game via th ...

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