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NHL general managers: 3-on-3 in OT a possibility

Updated: December 16, 2013 6:37AM



NHL general managers discussed possible changes to the overtime format at Tuesday’s meetings in Toronto. While no action was taken, two options were discussed — playing 10 minutes of 4-on-4, or playing five minutes of 4-on-4 followed by five minutes of 3-on-3 — in an effort to limit the amount of shootouts that decide games. Currently, overtime is five minutes of 4-on-4.

“There’s nothing like an overtime win for the fans,” said Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane. “It’s probably cool for them to watch a shootout, but there’d probably be more goals scored in a 3-on-3 overtime, and everyone loves finishing a game when the goal’s scored and that’s it, that’s the end of the game.”

Playing 3-on-3 would create more open ice for skill players to create offense, and likely would lead to more odd-man rushes off turnovers. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville is in favor of limiting or eliminating shootouts, and lamented that too many teams play for shootouts in overtime. But Quenneville wouldn’t mind going back to having ties.

“I thought the entertainment factor with 4-on-4 before, when you either got a win or a tie, was way more entertaining than the 4-on-4 we’re seeing now,” he said. “So 3-on-3 would probably be even more interesting.”

Numbers game

The Hawks entered Thursday’s game having scored at least five goals in five of their seven games since Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa were put on the same line. Hossa said he isn’t thinking about the gaudy stats he and his linemates can put up.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t really think about the numbers,” he said. “Maybe when I was younger, I was thinking about that, but as long as I know I play good, I play healthy, those things will come.”

Roster report

Sheldon Brookbank, who played right wing the last three games, was back at his usual spot as the sixth defenseman.

After the game and the announcement of the trade for Kris Versteeg, the Hawks reassigned forwards Jeremy Morin and Alex Broadhurst (called up before the game) to Rockford.

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