Avs' Duchene thinks shootout 'stinks'
Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) skates with the puck against pressure from Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Blake Comeau (17) during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center on Dec 18, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
One of hockey's brightest young guns is backing the concept of 3-on-3 overtime hockey.
Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene completely supports the idea of switching to a 3-on-3 format after five minutes of 4-on-4 overtime play. Drop the shootout, he says.
“If (the NHL) did this, there’s no way games would go to a shootout,” Duchene said. “As much as shootouts are fun to watch, I’m not a big fan of them, because it stinks to finish a game on a non-hockey play.”
The AHL is currently trialing the seven-minute alternative overtime format. It starts with three minutes of 4-on-4 before switching to 3-on-3 for the remaining four minutes after the next whistle.
And, if for some reason a goal still isn’t scored, the game then goes to a shootout.
AHL president David Andrews told the Associated Press the shootout is “a concept that drives many a coach bonkers since it’s almost like a skills competition”.
“That’s the thing though. This new overtime system has cut down significantly on shootouts,” he elaborated.