http://www.thn.com/en/headlines/detail.asp?id=26373&cat=954945254360 Once the NHL returns, shootouts will be used after a 5 minute 4on4 overtime period. This is for the regular season only. The ultra-hockey purists won't like it, but personally, I can't stand ties. I can't stand paying a large sum of money to go to a game that gets left unresolved. I would prefer a longer overtime period instead, but Ill accept the shootout.