Posted on: November 13, 2009 12:15 am

The shutout loss

Tim Thomas was 'perfect' tonight, stopping all 23 shots that Nathan Horton and the Panthers threw at him.  He played the entire game, 65 minutes and the shootout.  And he lost in that shootout, but his goals against will read 0.00 for the night.  His save percentage will read 1.000 for the night.  He will receive a shutout statistic for his effort.  And he will also receive a loss for that same shutout effort.  There are many reasons why I don't like the shootout, today I want to focus on this one - invisibility.

The Bruins and the Panthers played 65 minutes of good strong hockey.  Some may say that Boston outplayed Florida, almost doubling their shots.  But Tomas Vokoun played an amazing game, and kept Florida in it.  After 65 minutes no points had been recorded, both goalies has shutouts, and they were off to the shootout.

In the shootout, there was 1 goal scored through 8 shooters.  That goal was scored by Cory Stillman, but you can forget that fact, because he won't even get credit for it.  It has become 'invisible'.  Oh, Florida will get +1 goal for in their teams stats, and Boston will get +1 goal against in their team stats, but no player will ever show having scored that goal, or having that goal scored against them.

Vokoun gets the shutout, and the win.  Thomas gets a shutout, and a loss.  And Stillman gets third star, and the praise of his team for being the only guy to put the puck in the net tonight.  And the score goes in the books as 1-0, but nobody got a point.

So, both goalies get shutouts, and nobody got a point.  Sounds like a tie to me...

Category: NHL
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