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Sorting Out the Shootout

By October 29, 2006

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If the mailbag is any indication, there's a good deal of confusion over how shootout statistics are kept:

If a goalie is defeated in a shootout, in what otherwise would be a shutout, is he still credited with such?

I was wondering how plus-minus is affected by shootout goals, if at all.

If a game is 0-0 at the end of overtime it will be 1-0 after the shoot-out. Who gets credit for the goal? Does the goalie receive credit for the saves made and goals allowed in the shoot-out? Basically how are the stats kept for the goalies and shooters during the shoot-out?

Here's the rule of thumb: When it comes to individual player stats, the shootout doesn't count.

It doesn't matter if the goaltender makes a dozen saves or allows a dozen goals during the shootout. None of it is counted in his save percentage or goals-against average. The winning goaltender in the shootout does get credit for a win. The losing goaltender is charged with an overtime/shootout loss, a seperate category from "regular" losses.

The shootout turns up in team stats. The winning team gets one goal added to its season total. The losing team has one goal-against added to its season total. This holds regardless of how many goals are scored during the shootout itself.

So when Philadelphia beats Calgary in a shootout after 65 minutes of scoreless hockey, as happened last December, it goes into the books as a 1-0 Flyers win. Both goaltenders are credited with a shutout and no players receive credit for goals, assists, plus/minus or anything else. The Flyers add one goal to their season total.

Of course, what happens in the shootout has to be recorded somewhere, so the NHL has created a new statistical category. If you go to the NHL stats page, you will see shootout numbers listed seperately, and recorded in seperate columns on each player's stats page. That's because shootout goals aren't real goals. But you already knew that.

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  • Comments

    December 9, 2007 at 9:35 am
    (1) Joe Malette says:

    After the 3 rounds of shooters, does each tram have a chance to tie if someone score or is it whoever scores first no matter what wins?

    December 9, 2007 at 9:43 am
    (2) proicehockey says:

    The shootout isn’t over until each team takes an equal number of shots.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm
    (3) Arch says:

    That answer is misleading. It’s like baseball when the home team doesn’t bat in the bottom of the 9th. One team can shoot 5 and the other shoot 4 and it can be over.

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