A Fun Way To Spice Up the NHL

Dave SmithCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2009

DALLAS - JANUARY 23:  Eastern Conference All-Star Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores a goal against Western Conference All-Star goaltender Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during the 'Shootout' in the 2007 NHL All-Star Skills Game on January 23, 2007 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Every time I turn on the TV and watch the NHL, there is no doubt that a shootout tops everything there is to see on a sports program. Whenever the average hockey fan is watching an every day game on TV, and the game reaches to overtime, they are desperate to see a shootout. They don't want nor care about if a team wins. They just want to see the exciting play of the shootout. 

Now if you're watching your favorite team, you just want to get the win whether it's in a shootout or not.

Then there's some who want to get out of overtime just so they could see their favorite team win in a shootout. The whole point is that the shootout is the best thing in any sport and I think they should find a way to get it in every game.

Thinking about how I came up with a solution. It would make the game more fun to watch.

Before the first period, you start every game with a shootout. You do it the same way after overtime. You get three chances to score. Once a team wins a shootout, they are awarded the first goal to start the game. If it remains tied in the shootout, no one gets the first goal.

This wouldn't make a huge difference and it would add more excitement. All there is to it is having a team winning by one or having both teams tied zero to zero. This tactic would get more people to watch every game and woudn't hurt the NHL if they tried this.

Now the NHL would probably think that the way they have it is good enough and they wouldn't have to change anything, which is right. The NHL is already a fun sports program to watch and they would still be doing well in getting fans to go.

If they ever run into any troubles, this would help a lot. This would get more people to watch on TV whether it's their favorite team or not. This could also help improve their program even if it's doing well already. I would love to see it and fans across the country would to.

You could agree with this or you could disagree with it. It doesn't matter to me. I love the NHL and I think the thing I love most about it would help a lot. Now if you agree with it or like the article you could become a fan or just leave a comment of what you liked about it. If you disagree with it and think that something should be changed, let me know and I'll be happy to respond to your comments.


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