Pens-Wings: The best argument against the shootout yet

I don't know if anyone around these parts caught the thrilling Pens-Wings game last night, but if you didn't you missed out. Puck Daddy's very own Sancho Panza, Sean Leahy, has a full recap of the big game.

Everyone should be in awe of Jordan Staal, and thankful for his performance last night. Sure a third period hat trick to bring the Pens back from a 5-2 deficit is impressive, but I was more impressed with the way Staal single handedly kept that game from going to a shoot-out, by stripping Pavel Datsyuk and then feeding Ruslan Fedetenko for the game winning OT goal.

Had Staal not ended the game last night, we would have been in for the most disappointing climax since my prom. The shootout. Just thinking of that game ending in a shootout should give everyone the shivers, and then everyone should demand the NHL revise OT to 10 minutes of 4-vs-4 to make the shoot-out a rare occurrence. In fact we should all go a step further and demand that the NHL take out the shootout and bring back the tie. Sure a theoretical tie would have been disappointing, but at least it would give the feel as two evenly matched warriors regrouping for their next inevitable clash. A shootout would have been Achilles and Hector deciding who was the better warrior with an archery contest.

Just more evidence that I'm right in the eternal struggle against those heathens that actually think the shootout is a good idea. Luckily I'm here to battle against them.

13 comments:

  1. oh so a game that good should have ended WITH NO WINNER OR LOSER? gee, that wouldn't have been a letdown or anything! :)

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  2. Better no winner or loser than one artificially decided.

    This feels like Deja Vu

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  3. After such a great battle, what would the point of a tie be? No winner, boring!!!!

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  4. How about 5 minutes of 4-4, and 5 minutes of 3-3, THEN a shootout the rare time it makes it there.

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  5. @ Mark:

    What would the point of a shootout be? An artificial winner? If that had gone to a shootout and the Pens win, would anyone really feel like the Wings lost?

    @Chris Moore:

    I'm not opposed to the idea of 3 vs 3 after 4 vs 4, but it still seems a little gimmicky to me. And I am opposed to settling anything with a shootout.

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  6. I'm 100% for ten minute OT but I'm also 100% against ties.

    A perfect OT system would be 0 points to the loser, no ties, and no shootout. But it isn't reasonable to go to unlimited OT during the regular season. It'll result in more injuries, blah, blah, blah.

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  7. @Geo:

    Perfect OT is, well the playoffs. But it isn't reasonable for the regular season. 4 vs 4 with a tie at the end would only result in a couple of ties per season per team.

    The only real answer is a tie vs a shootout, and shootouts are lamer than ties.

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  8. People that can't take a tie are monkeys. If the game goes to a shootout it was a tie anyway and now you are just soiling it. If you go 10 minutes of 4 on 4 there won't be that many ties. Also go to 3/2/1 system for points.

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  9. Shootouts suck, but ties suck worser.

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  10. I say post-season rules become regular season rules. Play till someone wins. They do it in baseball. Why not hockey?

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  11. Perfect OT is, well the playoffs. But it isn't reasonable for the regular season. 4 vs 4 with a tie at the end would only result in a couple of ties per season per team.

    The only real answer is a tie vs a shootout, and shootouts are lamer than ties.
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    Yeah, but I remember going to an Avs-Flyers game in the late-90's. Avs were down 4-0 and ended up coming all the way back. It went to OT and after all that excitement, it ended in a tie. I think I would have been more excited had they won rather than a tie. If they had lost, oh well, at least they had comeback.

    I like the idea of 4-on-4 for ten minutes.

    They could also go XFL style in OT. All rules abolished. No offsides, no icing, no goaltender interference. Sean Avery = MVP.

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  12. With the shootout system, there will always be a let down regardless of how the game ends. Team blows a lead & the other team wins; Team comes back but still loses; Team who comes back to tie loses in a shoot-out; Team who blows lead but still wins in shootout. All of these situations still have the let down.

    Let the tie system come back with the 10 min 4 on 4 OT. Ties prove that each team is good enough to hold its own and fend off the opponent. That's more uplifting than the way games are decided now.

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