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Breaking Down The Shootout

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Although fans have fallen in love with the spectacle that follows 60 minutes of regulation hockey and five minutes of four-on-four overtime hockey, it has been a learning process for coaches, shooters and netminders. In many ways, the shootout is alchemy: part sorcery, part science; part guesswork, part mind over matter. Go with your gut? Or go with the odds? Try a new move? Or the tried and true? Challenge the shooter? Or stay in the net? All these conflicting notions are at play every time there is a shootout. And though some traditionalists view the new wrinkle to the game as gimmicky, it is -- in the final analysis -- a crucial element of the game, given what's at stake.
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