NHL Major Rules Changes
2005-2006 Season
Here Comes the Shootout...

Ties have been, for me, both the most frustrating and yet most intriguing things about hockey. They will now be a thing of the past.  Though I can't argue with the added excitement theory, I still think it stinks for a team to play hard and earn a tie, only to lose in a shootout.  It's a little like a free throw contest deciding a basketball game... Fortunately, there will still be points awarded to the overtime loser - shootout or not.

Read more about how the shootout will work here.


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