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Shootouts are down in the NHL and no one cares

Shootouts are down in the NHL. No one seems to miss them too much

“It goes against everything we talk about as a team,” said Lightning coach Guy Boucher, whose team was one of five that hadn’t been in a shootout this season through Friday. “When we get out there in overtime, we’re going for it.”

The shootout is still very much a part of NHL games, but through Friday, only 29 games went to shootouts out of 333, 8.7 percent of games overall. Last season, 15 percent of games went to a shootout.

Also, just 42.6 percent (29 of 68) games that have gone to OT have gone to a shootout, as opposed to 61.1 percent for all of 2009-10.

John Tortorella, whose team was on the losing end of the most significant shootout in league history last April, when the Flyers beat the Rangers to make the playoffs, has never been a fan. “It’s an individual gimmick,” he said.

The Rangers hadn’t had a shootout through Friday. “We’re trying to be better four-on-four anyways, but some of that has to do with trying to win a game in the [overtime],” Tortorella said.
 

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