Lee Stempniak and the Top 10 Worst Shootout Attempts in NHL History

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Lee Stempniak and the Top 10 Worst Shootout Attempts in NHL History
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Lee Stempniak had one of the worst shootout goals of all time... Have you seen it?

The shootout.

It's an aspect of the game that is favoured by many, due to its exciting and unpredictable nature.

An aspect of the game that is also hated by a selective group, because they believe a tie should be settled with hockey, not a talent contest.

An aspect of the game that always ends with a winner, a loser, and a hero.

Since its introduction in the 2005-06 season, the shootout has garnered a wide array of emotions from NHL fans around the world, seeing everything from adoration to complete disdain.

It's a "love it or hate it" kind of thing.

Each team sends out three players to compete in a best-of-three shootout challenge. In the occasion of a tie in score after all six shooters, both teams will designate one player at a time to try and end the game.

It's a chance for players to show their stuff and prove that they have some magic up their sleeves.

In its five-year National Hockey League lifespan, the shootout has brought us a staggering number of memorable dekes, goals, and hockey games.

I'm sure we all remember Marek Malik's 15th round, between-the-legs heroics. The same goes for any—or all—of Pavel Datsyuk's shootout masterpieces.

Might I remind you of the famous "spin-o-rama?" How about the ever-popular leg kick?

We as fans have surely seen our fair share of impressive shootout attempts, but what is often overlooked is the other side of the spectrum.

What about the games where things didn't go as planned?

With all the highlight reel goals, many forget about the times where a player missed on a shootout opportunity on account of bad stick handling, loss of balance, or even just a faulty stick.

Today, we will be reviewing the best examples of misplays in the shootout. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Worst Shootout Attempts in NHL History.

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