THN confirms having a shootout is a "done deal" when the NHL returns
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12-13-2004, 05:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Soccer is a horrible comparison.
It is absolutely disgraceful how important games are decided in that otherwise fine sport.
Soccer is a different kettle of fish because of the dynamics involved. With only three substitutions and virtually no breaks in play, it's physically impossible for players to play for as long as it would take to settle some games. So shootouts are in tournament games by necessity - no-one likes them, no major league uses them to decide regular season games, but there really isn't any other choice in some situations. So I understand it, even if it's a distasteful way to decide a close match.
In hockey none of this applies.
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