Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/29/05 at 07:06 PM ET
When Czech Republic goaltender Dominik Hasek erected a stone wall in front of his net and stymied Canadian shooters Joe Sakic, Ray Bourque, Theoren Fleury, Eric Lindros and Brendan Shanahan to win their semifinal contest at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the reaction of hockey-mad Canada was predictable. "It’s a ridiculous way to settle a game," Fleury said afterward. "Why don’t we just play Scrabble instead?" We won’t argue with Theo on this one. Settling a playoff game of any sort with a shootout is foolhardy. But a regular-season game?
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