i remember the first time that i watched a shootout, i was amazed that it was 3 players instead of 5. "what are they thinking?" i insisted. "Shouldn't it be done like the olympics does it. What was wrong with the 98 shootout where canada lost to the Czech Republic. That is one of my greatest hockey memories. With Trevor Linden tying the game late in the third period. Then Al Mcinnis taking a slapshot in the shootout and hitting the post. And Gretzky sitting on the bench while Crawford fired out orders."
What were the reasons for the Gm's to adopt a new shootout format instead of going with the familiar olympic one? I have no idea. The pens and nucks game the other day took 2 hours and 50 minutes compared to the usual game which might only last 2 hours and 25 minutes. Is time constraints on the broadcasters from showing us advertising and getting on with regular programming the reason? That's the only one i can think of. And it's not a pretty good reason. But it makes sense for American sports broadcasters who would rather show bowling matches than hockey.