We've now had six seasons in which games that remain tied after overtime have been decided by a shootout -- a breakaway competition of three (or more, as needed) rounds in which shooters go 1-on-1 with goaltenders.
Just more than one of every eight games has ended in a shootout since it was adopted in 2005. The stakes can be high -- Philadelphia's run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final never would have happened if the Flyers hadn't beaten the New York Rangers
in a shootout on the final day of the season. The New York Islanders
made the postseason in 2006-07 by beating New Jersey in a shootout in their season finale.
Last season, the Rangers' 9-3 record in shootouts helped them finish two points ahead of Carolina, which went 5-5, while in the West, the Kings and Stars played in 12 shootouts, but L.A. went 10-2 while Dallas went 5-7 -- more than accounting for the three-point difference between the seventh-place Kings and the ninth-place Stars.
The shootout's six seasons have shown that some players and some teams are better at it than others. Most interesting is the fact that some of hockey's big names have struggled in the shootout, while a number of lesser lights have shone brightly.
Here's a look at some of the best of the shootout at age 6: