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Shootout woes continue for Red Wings

Dec 13, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings have entered double digits when it comes to consecutive shootout losses combined over the past two seasons.

The Red Wings lost yet again in the skills competition on Thursday night, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Martin St. Louis was the lone shooter to score in what was a six-round shootout.

That’s 11 straight shootout losses for the Red Wings. They’re 0-6 in that department this season, as per MLive.com.

“I tried to have confidence in the shootouts,” said Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson, as per MLive.com.

“You work in practice, get some breakaways, try to learn something. You try to be patient, make the move at the right time, but for our team, we got so much skill that sooner or later we’re going to score a lot of goals. I’m not worried about that.

“It’s going to turn around and then maybe we’re going to win five or 10 in a shootout.”

Not like this one was on Gustavsson. Detroit’s shooters went 0-for-6.

  1. ryanprzy - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    I’m not biased. I swear, even if we were to win the last 11 shootouts we were in, I’d still advocate that shootouts be removed from the game.

    Shootouts are not a direct representation of real hockey.

    Let’s go back to when there were two points at stake in every game: W-L-T.

    • jeffchadwick - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Agreed on all counts. That being said, the Wings have some of the most unimaginative shootout attempts I’ve ever seen. How many times can Todd Bertuzzi lose the puck on a deke and never even get a shot on goal? In a freaking shootout. Also, Ben Bishop is a massive human.

  2. boltsfan777 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Agreed. Shootouts should go away. Sometimes I think I see it in the players faces during the shootout that they just aren’t psyched about it. The goalies can’t like it, for sure.

    Looking at the face of Marty St. Louis last night just before he scored the winner, he appeared to be thinking “Can we just quit doing this stupid skills competition after such a hard-fought TEAM game has just finished? We both deservedly earned a point, now let’s call it a day.”

    Neither team deserves a whole point for such a hokey gimmick like a shootout.

  3. boltsfan777 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Let’s settle a baseball game with a home run derby if the game is tied after 9 innings.

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