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Monday, July 11, 2005

nhl- The 3 point Win

from Al Strachan and the Toronto Sun via Slam, In recent years, the National Hockey League had appeared to be inching gradually toward three-point games.
But now, there is a strong likelihood of a return to two-pointers. And nothing else.
When the NHL finally gets back to work, it will institute a number of rule changes, not the least of which will be shootouts to settle games that remain tied after overtime.
That sounds simple enough. Fans tend to like shootouts and dislike ties, so in commissioner Gary Bettman's Brave New Game, shootouts will come to pass.
But how do you then reward a team for winning a shootout?
One solution seemed to make a lot of sense. Award three points for a win in regulation time. If the game is tied after 60 minutes, then award two points for a win at the end of the night, whether it comes in overtime or a shootout. The losing team gets a one-point reward for having stayed tied through regulation on...