Amid the Pie Day debates — how can anybody actually eat strawberry-rhubarb pie? — I was accused of sniffing paint thinner and over-drinking because I'm starting to think the National Hockey League should allow shootouts to end playoff games.
I watched one of the most entertaining games of the season one night earlier when Calgary beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in a shootout. What a game! Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin against Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Outstanding hockey! Great goaltending!
It went through a five-minute period of three-on-three, complete with a penalty that set up a four-on-three. When the overtime didn't solve anything, some of the world's best players participated in a shootout. It wasn't like that game in Norway that lasted eight overtime periods. This one had an ending. It was enthralling. It's something the NHL should try in the playoffs.