Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:55 AM
If your team is successful enough to win, you'll do so in 65 minutes. If the teams are so evenly matched in that specific game, a tie-breaking penalty shot contest is exciting for the players, for the fans, and allows for the true skills of each team to be showcased. I don't see how you'd rather watch a tie than see this
Honestly I don't find it exciting and shootout wins leave me feeling like they weren't good enough to win the game but were able to win a shootout, it really doesn't feel much better than a tie for me other than the fact that they still got away with 2 points. I completely disagree with it allowing true skills of each team to be showcased. It showcases the shooting or deking skills of usually 6 skaters while the other 30 sit on the bench and watch. There are no team skills used in the shootout that are essential to hockey, like passing, defense, forechecking, transitioning, cycling etc, and about 80% of the players don't even participate.
But like you said, you aren't going to convince me and I doubt I'm going to convince you either so we might as well just agree to disagree unless we're going to go back and forth forever.
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