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Shootout Should go Five Rounds

I tend to agree with Damien Cox of the Toronto Star about the shootout being too short. Five players should be involved per side instead of just three. Basically, the shootout could be over after two rounds, which is too short of a battle for one point.
Love the shootout. Would have loved it even more five years ago. Anyway, it's finally here and, just as fighting advocates have for years argued fisticuffs are valuable because nobody leaves the building when the gloves come off, there haven't been many patrons scurrying out the doors of NHL rinks during the past week as the shootout has been conducted after every single exhibition game. There is, however, a problem. The NHL's version of the shootout is too short. "Probably it is," Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn said this week. "I'm not a proponent of the shootout, myself. But probably it is too short." Instead of going with five shots per team, as was the format used in the American Hockey League last season while the NHL was on hiatus, the NHL has decided upon a three-shot format.


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