Iginla: No point for OT losers

Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla against the Vancouver Canucks during NHL hockey  in Calgary, Alberta,...

Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla against the Vancouver Canucks during NHL hockey in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday November 1, 2011. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)


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Jarome Iginla loves the NHLs post-lockout decision for every game to have a winner and a loser.

However, Iginla would like a change in the point standings, but not the normal one.

The Calgary Flames captain believes every game should mean two points for a win and zero for a loss, even in extra time.

It would be a little more stressful when youre in a shootout, but be more fun. Youd have more riding on each game, Iginla said. Im sure Im in a minority in that, but it would be exciting.

I like sports so much is because its unpredictable and so much is riding on it. It would add more.

The NHLs point system which allows losing teams a point if they make it past regulation time has its share of detractors. Mainly because some games are worth three points but many have two points handed out.

Its doubtful the league will change the system since it keeps the standings tighter and usually provides a more exciting playoff chase, but there are players who would prefer something different.

Flames defencmean Mark Giordano is a proponent of a 3-2-1-0 system, which gives teams three points for a regulation-time win and two for winning in extra time or a shootout.

I dont think teams get rewarded enough for a regulation win, Giordano said. Its not the same winning in a shootout as it is winning in regulation.

But just like the various ideas bandied about for realignment, there are many theories which system the league should use.

Players, we play, try to win every game. Whatever the point system is, thats the way it is, Flames centre Olli Jokinen said. We dont look and say, That team has 15 extra points because they have shootout losses. Some guys may, but I dont have time to do it.


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