John Tortorella is the anti-shootout crusader we deserve

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 06:  Head Coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella follows the play on the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 6, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
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John Tortorella’s fiery post-game takes don’t often gain much traction outside of a pure entertainment standpoint, but his latest damn well should.

Torts, just like 99.99 percent of hockey-watching humans in existence — is a big fan of the NHL’s exhilarating 3-on-3 overtime format. Sure, it’s easier to feel that way after your team squeaks out a 4-3 OT win in Toronto, but that’s neither here nor there.

This man does not like the shootout and I have never been more Team Tortorella than I am at this very moment. It’s been nearly 15 seasons since the league adopted the breakaway competition to break ties and honestly that’s about 14 years too many.

The anti-shootout arguments have been presented before — the main one being that a 1-on-1 skills exhibition is no real way to end a hard-fought team competition. Let’s add this one to the top of the pile, too: it’s just plain boring.

If Torts wants to lead us into the new era of shootout-free tiebreakers and extended three-a-side OT, I will follow him to the depths of hell.

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