Shootout secrets

To get the lowdown on the showdown, The Mag goes inside the controversy

Updated: December 18, 2009, 10:22 AM ET
By Lindsay Berra and E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine
Getty ImagesSlava Kozlov will wrist one right up in some goalie's kitchen.

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.

Lindsay Berra is an avid CrossFitter and a national correspondent for Follow her on twitter @lindsayberra.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.