Around the Rink – March 22nd Edition

Amid the jubilation of Zach Parise’s goal to tie the gold medal game in Vancouver came the startling realization that the most hyped hockey game in a generation could come down to a shootout.

It had happened before, with Peter Forsberg’s ‘postage stamp’ goal to beat the Canadians in Lillehammer. Albeit in a very different sport, the shootout also determines the end of World Cup knockout games, including a pair of recent finals. (1994, 2006)

Most nights, shootouts are a blessing in disguise, not just with the extra point up for grabs, but because fans enjoy seeing an end result to an evening of entertainment. Last night, with the Red Wings battling back from a 4-0 deficit only to lose in the shootout to Pittsburgh, there was more to be desired.

“I think it (the shootout) is good for hockey. I think the fans enjoy it and it is a fun exciting thing at the end of the game,” said Niklas Kronwall. “With saying that, it can kind of go either way.”

Thankfully, unlike at the Olympics, overtime in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is sudden death, no matter how long the game lasts. And while last night wasn’t a playoff game, it surely felt like one to the 20,000+ that packed Joe Louis Arena.

“During those last few minutes of the third period and overtime, it certainly had that playoff feel,” goaltender Joey MacDonald said. “At the end of the night, you’ve got to look at the fact that one guy scored out of six shooters and there were some good shooters shooting. We’ve got to take the positive from it.”

The comeback, which took place without Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler in the lineup was impressive. The reward was a well-earned point in the standings, critical given the current race for playoff positioning.

“Our guys really battled and hung in there, and we found a way to get a good point,” Mike Babcock said. “It would have been nice to get the second one, and we had the opportunity, but didn’t get it done.”

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8 Responses to Around the Rink – March 22nd Edition

  1. Mathew Heon says:

    The shootout was tight, like the overtime. No one was scoring, and Pittsburgh rightfully earned the 2nd point by being the first to score in the shootout, seeing as it was past the third round of shots. Joey McDonald put on a great performance after Howard was pulled, but he couldn’t stop them all…eventually someone had to be scored on during the shootout.

  2. Paul Rakoczy says:

    The shoot has become a very successful part of the game. It adds excitement and everyone always disliked the tie. A good solution to a past problem.

  3. politicalgraffiti says:

    The only problem is that the Wings do rather poorly in it. It’s rather gimmicky and I would prefer a goal in play. Perhaps we go from 4 on 4 to 3 on 3 after 10 minutes. I do like that shoot outs don’t count towards tie breakers for playoff spots.

  4. Michael McKnight says:

    I agree with Paul R. Shoot outs add excitement to games (unless you’re the goalie!) A tie, to me, was a frustrating end to often-times exciting games.

  5. Samantha Watson says:

    I was at the Wings vs Penguins game, what a rush! First 2 periods weren’t the greatest , especially sitting next to 2 Penguin fans…. Once the 3rd period started, and it seemed like the Wings finally got their game really going, it was a great time to be in the stands, cheering the team on. When we got that third goal, it really started to sound and get that feeling of the playoffs, which is always an amazing feeling to experience. We tied it, and all of us went insane. Loved every minuet of it.

    Personally, I don’t care for shoot outs. I’ve grown up watching hockey, and loving this sport for more than half my life, and still am kinda “old school”. Plus, I get so into every game, I think shoot outs are too stressful to watch, especially in games like this one was. Now, it may add more entertainment for those who are just getting into hockey, that’s great, if it helps with making the league more popular, and such, that’s great too. I’m just saying, personally, I could do without shoot outs. This is a game that takes the whole team to win, as a group, not individual 1 on 1 talents.

    I may be one of the few who feel this way, but oh well. That’s just how I feel, and think about one of the new things about our “New NHL”

  6. Maria Manacheril says:

    I have to agree w/ politicalgraffiti and Samantha W. Shootouts are nerve-wracking just to watch, and it’s always disappointing to lose a game that way. Thank goodness you get one point just by making it to OT. I just love watching the Red Wings’ teamwork, and you don’t get to see that in the shootout.

  7. Al Larese says:

    While I would rather see the elimination of the shootout and instead see a 10 minute overtime, I must admit that I’m on the edge of my seat during shootouts. I just don’t like the fact that the losing team gets a point. If a team loses by any means, they should not get a point, IMO,

  8. Ben Anderson says:

    I agree with almost everyone here because I feel torn on the subject of the shootout. Although I like that ties don’t exist anymore, I get so stressed about it and shootouts don’t give the game the justice it really deserves. Plus, do teams really focus part of their practice around the potential that they will be in a shootout? If they do, wouldn’t they rather focus on the crucial parts of their game more? I just don’t think it rightly justifies another point. For example, it may have ended in a 4-4 tie, but I think that the Red Wings played the better game given that their mistakes didn’t cause them to lose their composure, whereas the Penguins lost their composure and therefore made mistakes by taking bad penalties.

    What about making shootouts 5 shots per team instead of 3 per team? I’m not sure extending overtime would be best since it could be a disadvantage if they have to play another team the next night, making them more tired. That’s the best suggestion that I have.

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