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Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

Posted on: April 16, 2010 7:19 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 7:56 pm
 
By Erin Brown

We used to have respect for Versus' coverage of the NHL until Friday night.

Prior to the start of the Ottawa-Pittsburgh game, they posed the following question to fans: Do you like the current playoff format?

Fans had the option of saying, yes, they liked the format or no, they prefer the format used during the regular season (5-minute overtime, followed by a shootout).

They're joking, right?

Playoff hockey is some of the most exciting action you'll see in all of sports. When games get to overtime, the intensity just magnifies with each passing second. Playoff hockey without the prospect of two, three, possibly four or five overtimes? Where's the fun in that?

Last night's Kings-Canucks game was a perfect example, with Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick making a glove save to snuff a 2-on-1, and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo matching him at the other end with a goal-line save.

What's your take? Do you like the playoff overtime rules the way they are, or would you prefer to see changes made?


Comments

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2010 7:33 am
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

Dear God. Leave overtime alone. It's sad that there are teams in the playoffs, Montreal, Boston because of shoot out and four on four overtime  and teams out , atlanta , the rangers .When they start screwing with overtime in the playoffs that's when I stop watching hockey. 

To break a tie in baseball they play till somebody wins , basketball the same , even golf there are extra holes where players ,play golf  against each other. These supposedly important events aren't settled by fan vote or a dunk-off, or longest drive or closest to the pin or a home run hitting contest or a drug test but by playing the sport. How else are you supposed to determine who is best at playing the sport? A sports entity that doesn't understand that a shoot-out has very little to do with being a good hockey team doesn't understand  the sport. Four  on four hockey is demonstrably different than five on five hockey. It just makes me sad to hear these idiot idea's bruited about by otherwise competent sportswriters (Michael Farber at SI for one). The idiot things they do to trivialize soccer shouldn't seep in to the rest of the sports world.    



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2010 12:45 pm
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

Hockey could very well be my favorite sport but if they make any change whatsoever to the playoff overtime format I'll never watch another hockey game again.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:53 am
 

U ripped off the Versus question-show respect :)

I definitely agree that the old OT is the way to go. I mean, it is the most exciting minutes of sports! NHL overtime hockey is classic sports entertainment with a full and rich history.

Essential to the ecitement of the NHL playoffs which truly are a gret war and journey for teams.



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2010 1:30 am
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

I would rather watch a tie than a shootout in the regular season..flat out, then the playoffs are you kidding me..no way, NHL hockey playoffs are by far the best of any sport. Shootout..what a joke



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

Two of the dumbest things I've ever heard.

First chaning the NHL playoff overtime rules.  You just don't mess with a classic.  NHL sudden death is the greatest thing in sports.  Marathon overtimes have been some of the best memories of my life.



Second :  The openning scentence of this blog.
We used to have respect for Versus' coverage of the NHL until Friday nightNobody has ever had or will have any respect for Versus.  Bighgest joke in the hockey world.

Except for Carisa Thompson of course.  She's yummy



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:45 pm
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

I will give Versus credit for not trying to attract new fans. They do think us existing fans are beneath them when it comes to knowledge and I feel it is the exact opposite.

Everyone remember the glowing puck, with the red tail on the big slappers? Maybe Versus isn't so bad when you compare it to the past.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:36 pm
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

You had respect for Versus coverage? I think it's been a joke since Day One.

farmgirl -- I like the Versus product better than the crap ESPN put out there when they had the rights to the sport. Versus treats hockey like a real sport. ESPN treated it like a circus sideshow. (But it is all a moot point now, because I watch NHL Network above all. They do a fine job, as one would expect.) Just my opinion...



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:30 pm
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

You had respect for Versus coverage? I think it's been a joke since Day One.
But to think that the NHL should change the game for them is so outrageously ridiculous I want to scream! I hate the 5-minute 4-on-4 OT already, and despise the shooutout. It's bad enough in the regular season, because the NHL thinks Americans can't deal with ties. But to have something as ultimately effing crucial as the playoffs decided by an effing skills competition is so wrong is so many ways I can't even think about it! Noooooo!



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:12 pm
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

Play-off OT format is fine, don't touch it.  Instead, make winning the the regular season more meaningful, 3 points for a win, 1 point for OT loss. That will add incentive for finishing games strong.




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

cmc18v -- I think I am just stunned that anyone would even ask a question like that. Anyone who follows hockey -- and you would think that includes the guys at Versus -- knows playoff overtime hockey is, without a doubt, the most exciting, intense event in sports. I can't even see how this is debatable.
I'm trying to come up with an equally dumb question (about anything in the world) similar to the question above, and I'm stumped. Dumbest. Question. Ever.


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