I've got no problem with long overtime games. In fact, as soon as they hit near the end of the second OT, there's no chance I would turn in, as I always stick around to see if history can be made.
Last night, the Stars and Sharks went all the way into the night (I started a liveblog at the beginning of the sixth period), making Game 6 of that series the eighth longest game in NHL history, and as a result, ESPN has a poll up today about how the league should handle the marathon games.
I think the answers there are telling.
In response to the question "How many overtimes are you willing to watch before you call it a night?" the majority of respondents, 72 per cent, said "I'll watch as long as it takes."
In response to "Should the NHL consider a rule that would have overtime playoff games decided by shootout?" 74 per cent said no.
Personally, I might be willing to consider a shootout after three or four overtimes, if only to spare the players. Sometimes I wonder during those games if we'll see someone collapse on the ice, or suffer some bizarre injury due to fatigue.
That'd change the discussion in a hurry.
Besides, do we really want a situation where goaltenders are wearing IVs in the intermissions, as Marty Turco did last night?
One more question from the poll: "Is sudden-death overtime fair?"
And 91 per cent said yes, yes it is.