SI Vault
Edited by Robert W. Creamer
November 01, 1971
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November 01, 1971


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There is a move afoot to get the National Hockey League to apply the practice of sudden-death overtime to regular-season games. Sudden-death endings are stimulating and good drama, whereas tic games are often pallid affairs, particularly during the closing minutes when the opposing teams will settle for the tie rather than risk all-out offensive moves that might backfire. Objections to overtime play usually boil down to worry about travel schedules, a problem baseball manages to solve all year, and the players' distaste for longer games. But, the argument goes, if a tie means you have to go into overtime, there will be fewer ties after three periods because the players will be going all out to score and win in regulation time. Which means more exciting hockey for the onlookers all evening long.

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