Tonight I got to watch the longest shootout in Versus history! The 11 round funfest between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Chicago Blackhawks ended when the Blackhawks were finally able to put one by Steve Mason. Neither team could score a goal to save their life and it was a display of the shootout at its worst. When the NHL first introduced the shootout I was willing to give it a try, but now I can safely say that it is time to get rid of it. Hockey is a team game and the winner of a game should not be decided by one single skill event. There was nothing wrong with ending games in a tie. A tie might not make as nice of a 15 second Sportscenter highlight which is all that any hockey game gets anymore, which is why I rarely watch Sportscenter but that’s another blog all together. There are such things as good ties and bad ties. If your team had a great comeback to tie the game it felt like a win but if your team blew a late third period lead it felt like a loss. The shootout was brought in to attract casual sports fans to the NHL, but the NHL is not built on casual fans like the NFL is. The NHL is built on diehards like you and me and it’s about time that the NHL realized that.
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