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Bruins’ Rask: Shootouts are ‘not that cool’

Nov 13, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

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Talk out of the general manager’s meetings about the prospect of some day extending the overtime has once again ignited players’ opinions on the shootout.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was one player to speak out against the skills competition. And there are others in his corner throughout the National Hockey League.

Over the years, Rask has actually accrued a 13-10 record in the shootout as a member of the Bruins. But he’s not a fan, well, not when he’s involved in them, anyway.

“I wouldn’t mind [getting rid of the shootout.] It doesn’t have anything to do with the game you just played. It’s just so dramatic when you lose,” Rask told

“As a goalie it’s tough to accept that it’s not all your fault if you lose. I don’t know. As a viewer I’m a fan of the shootout, but when you’re in it, it’s not that cool, especially when you’re on the losing end.

“A five- or 10-minute overtime? I’d be OK with that. But going to 3-on-3 [in overtime]…that sounds a little crazy to me.”

On Tuesday, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland expressed an interest from other GMs about possibly extending overtime as a way to reduce the number of games decided by the shootout.

“You can’t have too long of an overtime. I don’t know, 10 minutes maximum you can play in overtime,” Canucks’ forward Daniel Sedin said Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing three-on-three out there. It’s exciting. It’s tough losing in a shootout. I don’t know. Maybe it’s tough losing in overtime, too. But I hadn’t really liked the shootout. I know it’s fun for the crowd but I think three-on-three would be pretty fun, too.”

  1. pastabelly - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    The wasted time used on the Zamboni could be used for another five minutes of OT. 10 minutes is enough. After that, ties are fine.

  2. imleftcoast - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    5 min 4×4, and 5min 3×3. Fans would love it. Should have demo’d it in the pre-season. Tanks for nuttin’ gary.

  3. c1md6 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Wanna make it more competitive? Then you should simply take away the 1 point giving to the losing team. A lot of teams play just for the point and don’t play with urgency for the second point. There’s a declared winner, just because you make it to ot and then lose doesn’t mean you deserve a point IMO.

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    “Shootouts have nothing to do with the game” but then Sedin says going 3on3 does? I’m with Rassk, the 3on3 idea is dumb. Make OT 10min and then shootouts. Then stop changing the rules every 2 weeks.

  5. Windmiller4 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    It should be 10 minutes then a tie. Im fine with a point for losing in ot, but as many people have said, theres little urgency to win in the waning minutes of a tied game, and often in ot too. The shootout has nothing to do with whos the better team, all that hard work during a game and too lose in a shootout makes no sense.

  6. thesportsjudge - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I’m surprised no one has shown the video of Rask losing his mind in the AHL. Not sure if it was a shootout/regular goal, or what the situation was, but it is a funny ass video(and I like Rask.)

    • packerswin96 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM Here is one of him losing it in the NHL

      • thesportsjudge - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        That’s the one! Hilarious!

  7. girouxed - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Shootouts are fun to watch, but in the long run make little sense and defeat the purpose of competing for a victory.

  8. packerswin96 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Keep OT at 5 minutes, then it is a tie. The NHL wants to do the right thing, then get rid of the “loser” point! And I never did like the damn shootout!!!

  9. ryanw822 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Go back to ties. Or go to 3 points for regulation win, 2 for OT win, 1 for OT loss/tie.

    • cofran2004 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM


    • comeonnowguys - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Very much this.

  10. dan46778 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Rask lost it in the ahl the guy was skating down n he lost the puck due to ice n was allowed to continue… It was one of the best games I am saw in providence both goalies played lights out

    • shaundre93 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      There was a second shot that counted that actually hit the crossbar too I believe. Rask had every right to freak. Love seeing that fire when its appropriate, and this was one of those situations

      As for OT, I say 10 min 4-4

      If we keep the shootout: 3 pt Reg Win, 2 ot win 1 ot loss

      If we lose the shootout : 2pt for win, 0 for loss (reg or ot), 1 each for tie

      Basically I just hate the extra point in ot games. Could take or leave shootouts, it is a good way to quickly wrap up a game. That said, I don’t think ties are THAT bad

  11. hockeydon10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Make OT the long change (same as 2nd period), like GM Lou suggested, with 4 on 4. This makes it harder to defend, leading to more scoring chances.

    Regulation or OT victory 2 points. Regulation or OT loss, 0 points.

    Then shootout.

    Make Shootout victory 1 point, loss 0 points of course.

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      How about OT penalties are coach’s choice?

      Either take the 2 minute PP, or the guy the penalty was committed against gets a penalty shot.

      Quick example: If someone trips a grinder with hands of cement, grinder’s coach can choose the 2 minute PP. If someone trips Datsyuk, his coach can choose the penalty shot. (Miss means no PP, success means victory.)

      Not as gimmicky as the shootout (penalty shots are part of regular games), still exciting for fans (just like any other penalty shot), still get to see creativity with one skater vs. goalie.

      Other than “we keep tinkering with the rules”, I’m curious what other down-sides this may have if the upside is fewer shootouts.

      • cofran2004 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        I like this idea, too. The mens league I play in works this way (sort of), as only a time clock was kept. If there was a penalty at all, it was always a penalty shot for the person who the penalty was comitted against. The only time I’ve ever scored was on a penalty shot, as I… am terrible.

        That said, the coach’s choice you pointed out sounds good for OT.

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