from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, They try and they try and they try. They work and they work and they work. They can go an entire game without giving up a five-on-five goal (as they did Sunday), but get sloppy short-handed once and then surrender a power-play goal. Even so, the Stars needed a shootout to get the extra point in a 3-2 victory.
When the Flames fail to make the playoffs again this year, that will be the stat everyone seizes upon – a 4-12 record in extra time.
In the 16 games that have gone beyond 60 minutes, the Flames emerged with the bonus point just four times. It’s 12 points they’ve left on the table, and even if they’d simply split those games, they’d be in the thick of the race, rather than three points back of the eighth-place San Jose Sharks, who have two games in hand.
Trying to put a finger on why some teams excel in the shootout and why others struggle is like trying to quantify luck.
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