Yet, that’s exactly what you heard during the pre-game skate between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders before their game on Tuesday night.
The rare occasion occurred with good reason.
As Daniel Briere took his first few strides on Well Fargo Center ice for the first time since January 19th (coincidentally also against the Islanders), the few hundred that regularly gather around the team’s end during warm-ups gave the returning forward a raucous applause.
Part one of the evaluation explored the idea of no longer giving a team points just for getting to overtime and emphasized the concept of a higher reward for teams that win games. Part two will build upon that concept and question the role of the shootout as well as make an argument for a change in the entire points system.
The shootout was implemented as a way to eliminate the sour taste left by ties, as well as to make sure that every game ended with a definit...