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12-13-2004, 05:20 PM
Lexicon Devil
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There is no difference between a shootout and a breakaway. If there's a breakaway, chances are good there's no defensemen around, just like in the shootout, so that argument to me makes no sense.
Actually, it makes perfect sense.

Breakaways don't usually occur at 2/3 speed - players are usually flying to beat one or more defencemen, while being pursued at top speed.

Yes, much more exciting.

Also, what does the powerplay have to do with anything. This will make the games more "edge-of-your-seat" instead of 5 minutes of overtime.
As I just said, I do not find penalty shots or shootouts particularly exciting. In fact I find them repugnant. I do not get on the edge of my seat for a shootout (unless I am forced to by the stakes involved in, say, an Olympic semi-final).

The hardcore fans like us can't support the NHL forever. It needs to expand its fan base a lot to be honest.

Give me one good reason that hockey can't survive and thrive without being in the American mainstream.

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