NHL Finally Using Common Sense

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So it’s been 5 years since the terrible lockout. Since that ridiculous hiatus, we’ve been treated to a “new” NHL.  There was an emphasis on calling penalties tighter, a goalie trapezoid behind the net, and of course, the shootout.  Right away, I hated the idea of a shootout. I think it’s one of the worst ways to decide a hockey game. I’d much rather see a tie than a stupid skills competition. Not only that, but it takes away from the luster of a penalty shot.  PS’s are pretty rare, which makes them exciting. If you’re on the main BSB page, please click Continue Reading to see the rest of the post. Anyway, as someone who HATES the shootout, I’m glad to see it losing some of it’s power.  ESPN reports that in the event of a tie in the standings, the first tiebreaker (wins) will not take shootouts into account. Only regulation and overtime wins will figure into the formula.  This is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough.

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