To get the lowdown on the showdown, The Mag goes inside the controversy
This feature appears in the December 28, 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
By way of introduction...
Do you love the shootout? Sure you do. It pits goaltender against shooter in a test of individual skills and will. Do you hate the shootout? Of course you do -- and for the same reason. "I like the challenge," says Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, "but how does it relate to playing as a team?"
One point, though, is indisputable: winning shootouts means points -- and points mean playoffs. That's why NHL types agonize over every aspect of the shootout. Here's a peek at their slickest moves.
To keep reading about the wild, wacky and all-together wanton ways of the shootout -- with comments from King Henrik and others -- you must be an ESPN Insider.
Ear to the Glass
Do you hear what we hear?
ESPN The Magazine senior writer Lindsay Berra takes readers over the boards and onto the ice every Friday to pick players' brains about the varied and stirring storylines that comprise life in the NHL.
Berra has covered everything from tennis and baseball to snowboarding and roller derby since joining the staff in 1999. But she's played hockey since she was a kid, and her main beat at the Mag has always been the NHL.
She's dropped gloves with Donald Brashear and P.J. Stock, been to Zamboni school, shamelessly hooked Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey and covered hundreds of hockey games, including 10 Stanley Cups. She even shed a tear in the press box when Ray Bourque won his first and only Cup with the Avalanche in 2001, despite her beloved Devils coming up on the losing end. She's also a Jersey girl, a Tar Heel, a triathlete and a yogi.