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Playing For A Point

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I've tried to be a faithful defender of the NHL's system of three-point games, and since the league went to a shootout in 2005, that's what I've been. But I'm finally tired of it.

While I do not want the NHL to go back to the old system, where ties were awarded, the system used now is being rigged too much to get games to overtime and get that all-important "loser's point."

The most boring hockey one can watch now is the third period of a tie game, and it shouldn't be that way. Teams are packing it in, playing conservatively to get the game to overtime and get the one point. Even in overtime, when it's 4-on-4 and it's supposed to be out-of-your-seats, firewagon hockey, too often the action is falling flat.


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Hank1974's avatar

I don’t want to go back to tie’s.
Teams played just as conservatively back then in order to secure a point.

I know the NHL doesn’t wan this, but I’d love it if they simply made teams played until there was a winner.

If that was the case, you’d see a lot more teams trying to win in 60 minutes.

The NHL has said over and over that they don’t want games to go beyond 2.5 hours.
But when you consider almost every game starts 10 to 15 minutes past the scheduled puck-drop, and that a third of games go to OT and the SO, I’d say they’re failing at keeping that mark.

I have a feeling that if coaches knew they had to play and play until there was a winner or loser, more games would be finished in 60 minutes.
And after 82 games, if a team is way more banged up or tired from playing endless OT’s, then that’s on the coaches and GM’s.
They’re the ones that need to build teams to finish in a reasonable amount of time.
Want to play the trap for 60 minutes, go ahead and take your chances. See how that does to keep your team fresh for an entire season.

Posted by Hank1974 on 11/24/13 at 04:15 PM ET

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