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Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 7:16 pm

By Brian Stubits

For 65 minutes, the Thanksgiving Showdown (can't we come up with a better name than that?) the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings battled for one of the best game of the season. Put honestly, it was pure awesomeness. Two excellent teams playing at a high level played a pretty clean and overall excellent game.

Then a shootout came and the entire hockey world moaned. The Red Wings prevailed 3-2 and ended the Bruins' win streak at 10 games. So now we can say the Bruins have an 11-game point streak.

I'm not breaking any news to you right now, people hate the shootout. That's what they say, at least. You show me 10 fans of the NHL and I can probably point out nine who claim to detest the "skills challenge."

Well I'm the one out of those 10 that doesn't loathe it. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it. I really do.

I believe it all depends on what you're used to. Most hockey fans hate it because for so long, it didn't exist. Ties are OK in the minds of NHL fans; it's what they grew up with. Me? I grew up with a minor-league hockey team in my town, and they used the shootout. It was common for me growing up and I enjoyed seeing them, as it seemed everybody else in the building did too.

One of the arguments I see pro-fighting people make is that it brings everybody out of their seats. Well you know what else does? The shootout -- or any penalty shot, for that matter. It's exciting. I always crack up at people who bemoan the shootout, but then marvel at what we see. It's almost like a guilty pleasure.

When the Thanksgiving Showdown went to the shootout, I couldn't wait to see what Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi could do. As expected, they were impressive and successful. Datsyuk showed off his outstanding quickness with the stick while Bertuzzi once again showed he has quite an array of moves.

I'm of the school of thought that feels a tie is just so unrewarding. Are there some other, better ways to achieve that end than the shootout? Probably. There is no shortage of suggestions. I admit to enjoying the shootout here at the risk of ridicule, but I am in total agreement with those who would like to see a change in the scoring system. A 3-2-1-0 format would be best, I agree. There are ways to improve things, but I don't think it has to be simply by eliminating the shootout.

So the Thanksgiving Showdown turned into a Turkey Shoot(out). Most say they would rather eat a dry turkey all week than watch a great game end in a shootout like that, it doesn't bother me. A great game was finished off with some great highlights.

Now feel free to roast me and the system, I know you will.

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Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:07 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

Shootouts are a terrible way to finish the games, i dont even watch em anymore, win/lose it feels like the game wasnt even played..20 min of 4 on 4 and u will see a better ending to a game rather then that. Might of been exciting the first year but its played itself out since ! i vote for a change 

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:52 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

well it's not as bad as that span of a few years where they still kept Ties along with the newly added OT losses. It made the standings seem too cluttered. I think once they started keeping OTL they had to do away with Ties in a method other than letting the game go on forever. It works in baseball with extra innings but hockey's different. The 3 on 3 idea wouldn't be bad.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:48 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

" Shootout are exciting as hell. Traditionalists need to let it go and admit that the shootout is fun. "

Umm, no.  "Traditional" fans understand that hockey is a TEAM sport.  Those in favor of the shootout that decides games, clearly lack the understanding of what makes up a team.  You will start seeing a trend of teams building their teams around "shoot out guys".  While I think it is silly, I will never attemp to get in the head of a NHL GM.  Second, as a true hockey purist, I believe in more teams in the norhtern US and Canada, not less.  I can guarantee that if Tampa has a few seasons of futility, the fans will disappear.  Not so in Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, Boston, NYR, etc.  I'm not saying that the fans to the north are any better, only saying that they are not "Band wagon" fans, as so many are in the "newer" southern markets.  I grew up wacthing Gretzky, Lemieux, Lafontaine, Bossy, etc.  These guys could play and score at will.  Nothing is more exciting than a 6-5 overtime win.  Not a 2-1 shootout win, dominated by a left wing trap.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:42 pm
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Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:32 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

No one thinks that.  You just can't have games going 2 hours over every night in the regular season!

Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:23 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

The shootout is a gimmick on par with the XFL. I grew up playing soccer and follow the EPL, Champions League, World Cup qualifying, and the World Cup itself on a regular basis. It is such a disappointment when a championship game ends up in a draw and results in penalties to decide who wins (5 shots each like in the Winter Olympics for hockey). Likewise, in the NHL it is incredibly disappointing when a skills competition decides a close, exciting game like the one we saw yesterday between the Bruins and Wings. It is a ridiculous way to decide which team gets two points and which team only gets one. There is such an easy solution to this it's unbelievable the NHL hasn't even considered the idea. This is still a flawed way of deciding a game but just play 4 on 4 for five minutes and 3 on 3 until somebody scores. Honestly, how long would it normally take for one of the two teams to score after it goes to 3 on 3? Two minutes? Three? Just let them play until a goal is scored. The shootout is just a gimmick to draw in casual fans -- nothing more. The fact that it's deciding games in the NHL is a travesty.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:20 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

While you have every right to like or hate shootouts I wont roast you for that,after all it is an opinion. The only part of your article that I disagreed with was NHL fans thinking ties are fine. The vast majority of fans I know always hated the ties, myself included. After all, games are meant to be won or lost. The thing I hat about shootouts is that is not a normal part of the game. I mean if I want to watch a shootout I will go watch soccer. I mean it is somewhat fun to watch but the game should be decided as two teams and not a few individuals.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:32 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

If you polled all season ticket holders of the Lightning I would bet a vast majority would say they love shootouts. Why do I specify the Lightning? Cause it's a younger generation of hockey fan that isn't so obsessed with old school mechanics. I started watching hockey in the late 90's so I've had about an equal dose of both shootout and non-shootout and I'm sorry but the shootout is just awesome. Ties are boring. Shootout are exciting as hell. Traditionalists need to let it go and admit that the shootout is fun.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:32 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

Dude, that Oiler - Bruin game was in the playoffs. Shootouts are only for the reg season.
Thanks for reminding of the one year I didn't watch the SC Finals. HATE the OILERS, HATE the BRUINS.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:26 pm

Shootout hate grows with Wings-B's finish

Shoulda read the thread, keep ties in the regular season and move on.  Save OT for the playoffs when there needs to be a winner.  Keep shootouts in the all star weekend where they belong.

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