March 21, 2009

Daryl Reaugh: Paula Abdul is Better Than Shootouts: If you're unfamiliar with the blogging of Dallas Stars announcer Daryl "Razor" Reaugh, here's as good an entry point as any. "What if NHL games were decided by a judging panel and Joe Public instead of Shootouts when still tied after 65 minutes," he asks. "A club that didn't pinch its defensemen every single shift points deducted. Teams that employ the trap -- verbal lambasting by all four judges and points taken away for every forward caught skating backwards in the neutral zone. ... 5 forwards on a powerplay or 4 on the ice in overtime points awarded. ... The truly 'new' NHL would be anarchilogically awesome!"

posted by rcade to hockey at 02:59 PM - 5 comments


posted by wdminott at 04:51 PM on March 21, 2009

That was a pretty pitchy forecheck, dawg.

posted by NoMich at 08:00 PM on March 21, 2009

How about a bench-clearing brawl? Last man, and his team, standing wins. Might give the goons some real value.

posted by jjzucal at 11:07 PM on March 21, 2009

Limit the shootout to 5 rounds, and if after 4, the clubs are still tied, make the head coaches take the 5th and final shot against the assistant coach (without pads) of the other team. If necessary, style points could be awarded.

posted by Howard_T at 01:19 PM on March 22, 2009

Why not the Idol judges? Could you imagine Simon Cowell: "Pathetic. You couldn't beat us tonight. Your power play was God-awful, your penalty killing non-existent, yet you somehow managed finish the game without tripping over yourselves. Plus, your coach looks like a total dork!"

Simon likely would be harsher if the game ended 0-0.

But seriously, folks: points for Ovechkin's celebration? He's lucky no one drilled him as he worshiped his stick. He's due to get severely popped!

posted by jjzucal at 01:28 AM on March 23, 2009

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