If a hockey game is tied after three periods of regulation time and an overtime period, that game will go to a penalty shot shootout to decide the winner. The shootout is an exciting and sometimes controversial way to end a hockey game, here is a breakdown of how the shootout works!
When Does the Shootout Occur in a Game?
If a game is tied after 60 minutes of hockey, the game will go into a five-minute overtime period. If the game is still tied at the end of overtime, the game will conclude with four players from each team going to the penalty box. A round will be played until one side is able to score a goal while the other side is shorthanded.
The second half of the ice gets a quick and shallow resurfacing. This helps skaters by making them quicker on the ice. The shallow resurfacing also allows coaches to pick the first four shooters on the ice, a practice that is popular in certain European leagues.
What are the Rules of an Ice Hockey Shootout?
Shooting first and setting the tone for the rest of the shootout is generally agreed upon as being a common strategy. However, some coaches believe that shooting second is the best strategy. A team that is the lower seed could easily have the lower goal scorer on their team. Therefore, they are better off taking the first shot and giving their opponents the hardest time in the shootout.
The shootout goes on indefinitely, and there is no set time limit. The players shoot at the opposing goalie as many times as they wish, and the player with the most goals wins the shootout.
Players may take a penalty shot if, after two consecutive players have taken a shot with an open net, the goalie is still able to save the puck from going into the net within two seconds after the shot was taken.
If the shootout is tied at the end of regulation, a sudden-death shootout will be played, where each team will have an opportunity on the net until a player earns an unanswered goal.
Why are Shootouts Important in Hockey?
Shootouts are common in men’s and women’s basketball and in beach volleyball. Both the men’s NBA and WNBA use a five point halftime format to move games out of overtime. The men’s beach volleyball has a three-point format, while the women use a two-point format. Shootouts have been implemented for other sports as well, including the college basketball tournament and the NFL Wildcard playoff.
Throughout an NBA season, points are given to teams after each game to help determine the NBA playoff order. There are two points available for team wins and zero points for losses. If a game ends up in a tie, each team gets at least one point. The distribution of these points is essential for determining playoff order and is one reason shootouts often matter immensely in the result of a season.
Teams that win the Cup are in italics.
Ice Hockey Shootout Breakdown in International Tournaments
Shootouts can be confusing, especially with how they work in international tournaments. Shootouts can be a part of the regular game, and sometimes it will be a penalty shootout.
If a game ends in a shootout at any point, the game goes to a goal-fest.
When Do Games Not End in a Shootout?
Stanley Cup Playoffs, a sudden-death overtime period. While overtime is five minutes during the regular season, overtime extends to 20 minutes in the playoffs.
During any sudden death overtime period the clock is stopped, but once the game ends, the clock is re-started. The only exception is during a shootout, when there is no clock.
The league now has an award to recognize the longest game in a season. It is the Wayne Gretzky NHL Award presented annually to the player who led the league in scoring during the regular season. On a related note, at the end of that season, the league announced that there will not be a two-point overtime rule in the National Hockey League.
What about NCAA Hockey?
The NHL’s regular season is over, that means we have a tie game in the standings. And in some cases, the NHL doesn’t want a playoff-type situation where the team with the better record and the higher seed gets a bye and the other team has to go through the first round. So the NHL usually opts for a five-minute overtime period. The only thing is that sometimes, they have a three-round shootout if they want to keep the skaters fresh for a big weekend, or even for the playoffs.
What is the History of the Shootout in the NHL?
It was a completely new way to end a game and the NHL realized that fans wanted a different ending to games. The league went back and looked at how teams scored goals in the old days and decided to allow some teams to have possession of the puck at the blue line in the shootout.
The shootout was a first in NHL history, as it was the only time that a shootout was used to decide the winner in a regular season game. It was also the first time in NHL history that a shootout had been used to decide the regular season winner. The shootout had been used in the playoffs after the regular season, however no game in the regular season had been decided by a shootout. It’s the first time that a shootout had been used to decide a regular-season game.
What is the Longest Shootout in NHL History?
The longest shootout in the National Hockey League (NHL) occurred on December 6, 2014, when the Florida Panthers faced the Washington Capitals. The score was tied going into the third period, however, the Panthers’ Nick Bjugstad scored first in the shootout to give his team the win.
Criticism of the Hockey Shootout
People are often frustrated with the shootout because it comes when a good game is over and leaves fans wanting something more. It also usually comes right after a team is up three goals, which leads to a lot of frustration as one team can sometimes win a game by winning a draw.
Despite the league’s preference, playoff-style games do not end in shootouts, which is one reason why they are rarely used. Shootouts are the most exciting part of the game as they provide more goals for the fans, but playoff teams rarely use them.