Question of the Day

(Photo Credit: Rockford IceHogs // flickr)

T.J. Brennan wears the number 7. That number is the same number of shots on goal himself and fellow defensemen, Adam Clendening and Ville Pokka, both registered on target last night against the Iowa Wild. (Photo Credit: Rockford IceHogs // flickr)

This is going to be a rare non-Admirals post here at the Roundtable because some pretty rare feats happened in hockey last night that were -so good- it has to be talked about.

~Shoot, Shoot, Shoot Some More~

In the AHL last night there was a game between the Midwest Division leading Rockford IceHogs against the Iowa Wild. Hardly thrilling on paper, right? Think again.

The IceHogs popped in the game’s first goal from Matt Carey midway through the first period. They then proceeded to allow five unanswered goals to give the Wild a big time 5-1 win over the IceHogs.

What makes that so special? The IceHogs totaled 59-shots on goal in regulation… 15 shots in the first period, 19 shots in the second period, and 25 shots in the third period.

Iowa switched goalies prior to the start of the third period. John Curry stopped 33/34 shots before giving way. In his place, Johan Gustafsson stopped all 25 shots on goal during the third period. Both goalies for the Wild were voted the game’s top two stars.

~The Never Ending Shootout~

I was always a fan of how the AHL worked a best of five format to the shootout formula versus the NHL’s best of three. It felt like it changed the dynamic a touch and meant different players had to get involved rather than the flashy skill guys on the team. That of course changed this season with the AHL adopting a new overtime format entirely and then switching to the best of three shootout format. There’s some wondering on my part on if the NHL takes on the AHL’s new and improved overtime format come next season. However, if it was applied this season we may not have seen what we did last night.

The Washington Capitals were visiting the Florida Panthers and both sides endured the game’s 1-1 deadlock all the way to the shootout. Then NHL history happened. 20 rounds. This shootout lasted 20 rounds. You can watch it in it’s full and hilarious 18-minutes via the NHL VideoCenter.

Florida ended up picking up the 2-1 (SO) win when all was said, done, and repeated. Their shootout marathon trumped the previous long shootout between the Rangers and Capitals on 11/26/2005 by a full 5 rounds. Just as was the case then… the Capitals lost… ouch.

~Question of the Day~

Which feat is more impressive: what happened in Iowa or what happened in Florida? Because, either way, it could be awhile before we see something as wacky as that all taking place on the same night.

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4 Responses to Question of the Day

  1. Casey says:

    Shoot outs can be fun to watch but I hate ending a game that way. I know plenty of people use the analogy but…well….c’mon would they decide NBA games with a slam dunk contest or MLB with a home run derby? No! Are they fun to watch? Absolutly!

    So the Rockford Iowa game sounds a lot more thrilling. I’m headed over to Iowa’s page right now to see if I can find some highlights of the saves those two tenders must’ve made last night.

  2. Jason Karnosky says:

    No question my vote would be for Iowa/Rockford. I remember something similiar involving Quebec goaltender Ron Tugnutt a long while back (1991) when he made 70 saves in a 3-3 tie. The home Boston Bruins fans gave him a standing ovation for his efforts, while several Bruins stopped over to congratulate him.

    Watch highlights of that effort here:

    The 20-round shoot out was pretty crazy though. Unlike most pundits, I actually like the shootout. If NHL/AHL teams really want to get rid of the shootout, start trying to score more in Overtime. Often times the bonus periods aren’t that exciting. Considering what is on the line in shootout, I always think teams should “go for it” more during shoot outs.

    Another way to reduce shootouts would be to adopt 3 points for regulation wins. I will preach about this until I’m blue in the face, but that will probably never change. But that really increase the value of wins not involving bonus time.

  3. Casey says:

    I agree with Jason about making overtime more valuable or at least make SO’s less valuable. I really don’t like that a team gets awarded the same points for a SO victory as a real victory. Would love to see a SO victory worth only 1 point and a loss is a loss and worth none. As I’m typing this I’m thinking out loud. A three point system (Jason) 3 pts for a win even in OT, 2 pts for SO win and only 1 point for just hanging in there for a SO loss.
    Also would like to see OT stretched abit in to 3 five minute sections. The section ends not according to the clock but according to the whistle ( i.e. offsides, icing) with each section being reduced by one skaters. 1st 5 skaters; 2nd 4 skaters and 3rd only 3 skaters. That way it would be closer to a real OT period.

    With all that being said I actually wouldn’t mind going back to ties. Hockey is one of the hardest sports there is and getting 1 point for a tie to me is still legit. Because of this when two teams work hard as he77 and end in the same score it real is a tie in talent and ethic.

  4. Casey, well said.

    Another idea I like is 2 points for a win in regulation, 1 for overtime/shoot out win and no points for a loss in any form. I hate the one charity point for a loss. And though I never really disliked ties, I really do love the drama of the shootout during a regular season game. Never during the playoffs. I just don’t think shoot out wins should be worth as much as regulation wins, or even regulation + overtime wins. Because to me wins in games not decided by a shoot out is the most telling statistic of what really is the best team.

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