Will there be rule changes again this time around?
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11-14-2012, 10:30 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
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The shoot out is a crowd favorite
What crowd exactly?
People keep saying "fans love the shootout", but I have yet to watch a shoot-out (outside of intl hockey or that end of season shoot-out back in like 07 or 08 that eliminated the Leafs) that actually got people excited.
IMO the shoot-out is a horribly conceived, anti-climactic bore fest.
A great 4 on 4 OT period ends, and then we all have to wait ten minutes for that ludicrous "middle ice" flood (why is this flood needed?! Get 15 arena staff with shovels to do a flying V down the middle of the ice and you do a more efficient and better job of prepping it), then we see a series of boring breakaway shots.
Maybe I am just jaded because the first NHL shoot-out I ever saw in person was delayed about a half hour because the zamboni didn't work right, but I turn the channel when the OT ends. If I flick back and catch the shoot-out, great, but I don't consider the shoot-out to be "appointment viewing". It is basically a 50/50 proposition. That is why the players themselves don't even really care when they lose these stupid things.
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