Olympic Hockey Has It Almost Perfect, Shootouts Aren’t the Answer

February 19th, 2010 by Tyler Curtis Leave a reply »
The second shootout just ended seconds ago and boy was it exciting, but it is not the right way to end an Olympic hockey game. The shootouts happened today in games that involved Canada against Switzerland and Russia against Slovakia. My main problem is with the first shootout of the day.

I just want to say that I like the shootout in the NHL and actually love watching them. They make sense in the NHL as it creates more excitement and gets more casual viewers involved. I get that, and I respect that, because your goal is to bring in new viewers. Also, in the NHL every team has at least three good shooters it can send out in the shootout to try to grab a win. That isn’t always the case in the Olympics.

The Swiss played their hearts out and stayed in a game that they had no business being a part of. So after four good periods of hockey from the Swiss it all came down to a shootout. The way the shootout works is basically the same as the NHL. The problem arises after the third shooter takes his shot. After that they move to a one shot winner-takes-all format. That isn’t the problem though, the problem is the same shooter can shoot over and over.

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