The NHL made some fundamental changes to become more exciting and fan friendly after the lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season. One of the more noticeable changes was the elimination of ties and the introduction of the shootout to determine a winner if neither team scored a goal in five minutes of overtime.
The theory was that shootouts featured the most exciting moment in hockey: the penalty shot. Teams usually used their most skilled players who got to showcase their talent and try to beat goalies one-on-one with the game on the line.
The winner of the shootout got the win and two points for the game, the losing team still got one point in the standings despite losing the game.
The shootout proved popular with most fans, although thankfully it is not used to determine the winner of playoff games.
Here are the 20 best shootout goals since the league introduced the shootout back in 2005. Keep in mind each player can only appear on the list once.
Since I can't possibly view every shootout goal since 2005, I'm sure I've missed some good ones. Feel free to comment and add some good ones—with links if you have them so we can all watch the excitement.