No one likes to lose in a shootout. It’s widely derided as a skills competition and in many cases fans – particularly ones on the losing side – feel cheated by the outcome.
And it’s even worse when national pride is on the line in a gold medal game. At the recent world junior championships, there were two pivotal games decided by shootouts – one that sent the Russia to the bronze medal match (Team USA won that semifinal) and, of course, the gold medal game that gave the U.S. a 5-4 victory over Canada in 60-plus minutes of thrilling hockey.
Not everyone was pumped about the way the game ended, regardless of who won.
IIHF change the damn shoot out rule you've just ruined an amazing game
— Mike Modano (@9modano) January 6, 2017
Former NHLer and one of USA Hockey’s greatest players – Mike Modano – might get his wish. According to TSN reporter Darren Dreger, IIHF officials from both Canada and the U.S. are investigating some potentialRead More »from Report: IIHF could axe shootouts for gold medal games