A thought on the shootout
Does anyone know whether or not the winning goal from the shootout will count towards a player's statistics? Or as a game-winning goal? Logic dictates that it won't, but in the NHL's ever-present desire to increase goal totals, it could forseeably happen.
Speaking of which, with the shootouts, goal scoring in the league is going to go up simply because a shootout goal will be added to the final score of tie games. How's that for finding an easily solution to your mandate?
I still hate these things.
UPDATE For those still stopping by this post, no, shootout goals do not count in statistic totals as game-winning goals. Online stats packages are going to have to start publishing shootout stats, however, as a handful of guys have three or four goals in them already.
Who has been the top shootouter so far? Scrollover to the right to see: Jussi Jokinen, Dallas (3 for 3)