Three-Point Stance for NHL

There’s a problem with the NHL’s current system of awarding a team two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss. The way it stands now, a team that dominates a game and wins in regulation earns the same number of points as a team that wins in a gimmicky shootout.

As a result, there are many instances where it benefits both teams on ice to settle for a regulation tie — each earning a point — then play for the extra point in overtime or the shootout.

The solution — make each game worth three points. A team that wins in regulation gets the three points. If the contest goes into overtime, the winner receives two points and the loser one, same as now.

Net, net, teams would get rewarded for solid performances, and the league could still generate the excitement of overtime and shootouts, which are fan favorites.

Are you reading this Gary Bettman?

Cinderella Comeback or Colossal Collapse
In the storied 99-year history of the Montreal Canadiens, Les Habs had never before overcome a five-goal deficit to win. And in the eight somewhat less than legendary decades the New York Rangers have been playing hockey, the Blueshirts had never blown a five-goal lead and lost.

Until the other night that is, when Montreal stormed back from 5-0 down to beat the Rangers 6-5 in a shootout. It remains to be seen what affect this game will have on the two teams.

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2 Comments on “Three-Point Stance for NHL”

  1. Will R says:

    Bettman and the NHL instituted the shootout after the 2004-2005 lockout, the longest in NHL history. If measured by its “breakaway” excitement, gate attendance and team revenue, the shootout has been a big success. It was a dual gift to the fan base and team owners after an entire season went dark. The shootout only happens in regular season. During the Stanley Cup playoffs, the old rules apply, as they should.

  2. […] Three points for a regulation win; if game goes to OT/shootout rules apply […]


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