NEW YORK, N.Y. - Shootouts will be a little less important in the NHL next season.
The league's board of governors approved a bylaw revision Tuesday for use when teams are tied in the standings at the end of the season.
Under the new wording of the bylaw (27.3c), a team's total number of victories in regulation time and overtime would be used for tiebreaker purposes. Shootout wins would not be included.
The change was proposed by the league's 30 club general managers last March. It was endorsed last Saturday by the NHL Players' Association representatives on the Competition Committee.
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