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08-02-2012, 01:13 AM
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My 2 cents on whether to count per 60 minutes:

It seems to be a truism that the longer an overtime lasts, the harder it is to score. Playing conditions erode in countless little ways -- players get fatigued, refs swallow their whistles, TV timeouts disappear, in some cases the ice degrades, coaches are no longer on their game plan, sticks break down... so on and so on. It's usually not very good hockey in the third or fourth overtime.

Comparing 60 minutes of overtime to 60 minutes of regular play is guaranteed to produce faulty results, IMO.

It just occurred to me that this could be quantified by calculating the G/60 of overtime play for a season or two as a sample. My money says it's a lot lower than regulation.

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