Sunday, March 9, 2008

Three point games hurting Avs [Rant]

With 28 seconds to go, the Minnesota Wild just tied their game against San Jose 2-2 with what a pretty weak goal. The two teams will now go to overtime where they'll battle it out for the extra point.

Why does the NHL insisit on rewarding teams for losing? The loser of this game is going to get one point for doing something they didn't set out to do. If the NHL truly wanted to increase offense, they would stop giving teams points for getting to the extra period. This would eliminate the mentality of a team trying to get one point first, and the extra point second.

Look at the Vancouver Canucks. Ten OT losses. The Canucks have ten points from games they haven't won. Losing is a part of life. And in pro sports, it shouldn't be rewarded.

Now as far as this game goes, if the Wild get the extra point, the best the Avs can do this afternoon is tie for third in the conference. However, if the Sharks can beat the Wild in the OT or the shootout, the Avs can take over the 3rd spot in the conference.

Update when the game ends.

Update

What a crazy end to a game. In OT, Minnesota had a 2-on-1 and seemed to have beaten Nabokov when Patrick Marleau, who is in the midst of an awful season batted the puck out of midair.

In the shootout, Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Wild pulled off a very sweet spin-o-rama to extend the shootout until Marleau became the hero and won the game for the Sharks.

It's worthy to note that the Sharks have now won 9 in a row and have knocked off Dallas for second in the conference.

But Nashville lost to the Wings in regulation and Minnesota took just 1/2 from the Sharks to set up what should be a fun Avs game tonight.

Enjoy it!

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