The NHL has made beating either the Blackhawks or the Sharks in regulation time worth three points. Taking into account the unstoppable force these two teams have quickly become this season, it was concluded that extra incentive was necessary to get players excited for these games, as opposed to terrified.
“Consider the superhuman effort it would take to actually overcome the inevitable six-goal barrage. Add to that the endless forechecking, skilled defense and two hot goalies,” said a breathless league executive. “We wanted to make such an amazing victory special. That is, if it ever actually happens.”
The board also considered making any win over Columbus worth half a point, and wins over Vancouver national holidays in the States.