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09-24-2003, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Trottier
Four-on-four in OT is very exciting, as it opens up the ice. However, the idea of rewarding a team that losses OT is counter-intuitive, IMO.

I'd rather scrap OT altogether during the regular season, as I truly believe that mere fact that a team could go winless for the entire season, have 82 OTL, and still garner a playoff spot with 82 points is troubling.

An absurd hypothetical to be sure, but you get the point, I hope.

Prior to this change, a team was rewarded for tying a game. Now they are rewarded for ending up on the short end of the scoreboard. Kind of like the NHL's version of tee-ball, where no one strikes out and there are no losers.
Then you have to feel the same way about those teams that get over the top and make it into the playoffs because of overtime wins. They are doing so in an altered environment that demands less attention to defense and more to offensive pressure.

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