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by Alanah McGinley on 05/05/08 at 12:47 AM ET
From Darren Dreger at TSN,
Six of the 13 overtime games last year were decided in the first overtime period, while the remaining seven needed a second overtime period or longer.
No such marathons this year with the average overtime this year clocking in at 6:48, with 13 of the 14 games decided in the first 12 minutes and three ended by the winning teams first shot.
No one is complaining, but it’s a trend that is difficult to explain. Experts are required, coaches, managers, NHL executives.
One NHL coach contends lackluster goaltending is the reason why OT’s are ending so quickly. There may be something to that. Goalies have combined for a weak .880 save percentage in overtime this spring.
Of course now that Dreger’s addressed this, the basis of Murphy’s Law would argue that at least two games in the coming round are destined to go 6 periods or more, just to make up for the shortfall.
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