Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Shootouts are not the worst thing

I don't like the games being decided in a shootout fashion either, especially not after only 5 minutes of 4 on 4. But you cannot deny the excitement that it generates. If you haven't read Reality Check's piece on what he thinks about it, then check it out.
My opinion: I would like to see 5 minutes of 4 on 4, if the game is still tied, then 5 minutes of 3 on 3, and if that still doesn't cut it, then have a shootout. I really don't think that many games would still end up tied after 3 on 3. We saw a bit of 3 on 3 in the Canucks game last week, and it truly was an exciting thing. I think with this idea, you can please everyone.
What do you think?


At October 25, 2006 at 3:56 p.m. , Anonymous hut said...

I'm going to have to agree with you Zan the 3 on 3 hockey was the best hockey I've seen in a long while. Play 4 on 4 for 10 min and them go 3 on 3. You get to see some of the best hockey that way. Some of these players that are playing now 5 on 5 don't really play hockey untill the ice opens up for them. Give them some room to play and let the hockey begin!!

At October 25, 2006 at 4:05 p.m. , Blogger John Bollwitt said...

I completely agree. Two, five minute OT's would be excellent, slowly taking one guy out. That would make a completely different look to the season, and the shootout would seem more earned.

I've said it many times. Shootouts suck when you lose, great when you win.

At October 25, 2006 at 4:16 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"..and the shootout would seem more earned."

That is another one of the huge factors as well. Imagine teams that DON'T want to make it to a shootout say, against the Rangers, for obvious reasons...they would get it done 3 on 3 for sure!

Hut, I am thinking that it would be better to split them into two 5 minute periods because of possible time constraints.

At October 25, 2006 at 9:54 p.m. , Anonymous hut said...

Ahh time smime they got lots of time. get the bullshit done at the faceoffs and get the game moving. Then they'd have lots of time

At October 26, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

The faceoffs are already quicker. IT's all those stupid TV timeouts.


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