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Bettman says 'tweaks' could be made to regular-season OT

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Matt Carle (25) scores a goal on Washington Capitals goalie Braden...

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Matt Carle (25) scores a goal on Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during a shootout at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

WES GILBERTSON, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

Not everybody will agree on the perfect ending.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman realizes some hockey folks aren’t big fans of the shootout, but he reminded that the old way — anybody remember the phrase, a tie is like kissing your sister? — wasn’t always a crowd-pleaser, either.

“When you watch the end of a game and you go back to, first, when there was a possibility of a tie, lots of fans expressed the view that maybe ending in a tie wasn’t the best way to do it,” said Bettman, who attended Monday’s playoff date between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in the Big D.

Shootouts are a non-issue during the Stanley Cup playoffs, but triple overtime — like the marathon meeting between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference clash — isn’t an option during the regular season.

 


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