Associated Press, Published January 30 2012
NHL commissioner reiterates support for shootoutST. PAUL — The shootout seems here to stay after seven seasons in the NHL.
Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke glowingly about the tiebreaker for regular-season games, saying league research shows fan support of between 70 percent and 80 percent.
Bettman says he's seen a "sensational" reaction from the crowd at each shootout game he's attended over the years.
Hockey purists often complain about using a skills competition to settle the score after 65 minutes of hard work by both teams. Coaches and players are never happy about a shootout loss when their team dominates the game during regulation.
Still, no one seems to like ties and everyone loves a shootout if they win.
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