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Patrick Kane almost justifies the existence of shootouts

Dec 14, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

After a tepid first period, the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild traded blows like, well, the two best teams in the Western Conference right now. There were plenty of exciting moments in the last two periods and overtime, but the Blackhawks prevailed 4-3 in the shootout thanks to this mind-blowing shootout goal. (Which came against a should-be All-Star goalie, by the way.)

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  1. jrmehle - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Anyone who says the Wild play boring hockey is wrong. Last night’s game against Winnipeg and tonight against Chicago were two of the most exciting games I’ve seen all season from any teams.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      Only watch Wild games, I take it?

      • jrmehle - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        Absolutely wrong. I watch other games all the time and rarely go a day without catching NHL on the Fly. My statement still stands.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        NHL on the Fly? Come on.

  2. nhlbruins90 - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Look at the fans in the arena. Purists may not like it, but shootouts are fun. And they’re here to stay.

    • hystoracle - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      As long as they remain a regular season only thing.. Don’t want to see a playoff game decided in this fashion. Playoff OT Hockey is the best moment in all of sports. Every shift and every shot brings a reaction.

  3. bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    As sweet as that goal was, I cannot stand how cheap the shoot out point is.

    I can’t beleive how exciting 4-4 is for those 5 min. That’s FAR more exciting than the shootout.

    I think they should do: 4-4 5 Min. 3-3 5 Min. THEN if no one scores, do a shoot out. Maybe even 4-4 for 10 min. It’s so exciting seeing end to end to end, that 5 min flies by way too fast!

    • hystoracle - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Why not just play 5-5 OT till someone scores if you are going to drag the game out with all that.. Shootout is the best way in the regular season. Of course, we could always go back to “kiss-your-sister” ties.

      • bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        4 on 4 or even 3 on 3 after the 5 min OT! All these end to end rushes for an extra point are the best!

  4. bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    holistically, who else hates the shootout? (and prefers 4-4 til someone scores)

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    That ain’t right Patty K haha.

  6. lsxphotog - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    If you don’t like watching the Hawks play with their current roster, you have something wrong with you! haha Towes, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, and Keith…just great to watch the chemistry on a team that has fun out there.

    I have no problem with shootouts, but I do have a problem with getting a point for losing a game. I grew up without that BS, so I dislike it now. But that’s just my opinion.

  7. haterzgonahate - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    not sure i like that goal.. those are shinny skills and you’d never get away with something like that in a game because you’d never have the time.

    therefore.. does it belong in the game? i’m undecided.

    • lsxphotog - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      Shootout have always been about the 1-on-1 battle between the player and the goalie. The spotlight for the famed “triple deke.” Sure you would never be able to pull this off in a game, but it’s about how you can beat the goalie. It’s very difficult to score on a modern goaltender, so the creativity will run wild with some of these guys. I think shootouts are great for the fans but TERRIBLE for teams.

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