Time to eliminate the shootout

Debra Wells, St. Clair Beach, Ont.

Time for the shootout fiasco to fade quietly away.

It was never a good idea to allow the outcome of a game – in a team sport – to rest on a couple of players who may or may not be having a good night.

The NHL powers that be, looking to boost ratings, talked themselves into believing fans thought this was terribly exciting when all it was, was terrible.

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Particularly at this time of year, when every point counts, when so many teams are playing for crucial playoff spots, to have games decided by a gimmick is unfair at best, inaccurate at worst.