Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/17/06 at 10:50 AM ET
If a team is not one of the league's powerhouses but manages to hold off the league leader for 60 minutes, its fans expect to see some sort of reward. In sports, you're selling hope, and if the hope of a single point is there, you've got more to sell. The answer is not to eliminate the point for a regulation-time tie. It is to award three points for a regulation-time victory. The concept has been studied by the league and was ever so close to becoming a reality last summer. But at the last minute, the governors shot it down. It's quite likely that this summer, they may have a change of heart. Because the NHL is run for the good of the weakest teams, the concept of keeping a point for a regulation tie is not going away. But for the sake of consistency, the same number of points should be available in every game.read on
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