Many, many of you will have no doubt read my thrilling breakdown of team performances in what I defined as "clutch" shootout attempts since the tie-breaker was introduced in 2005-06 - shootout attempts where the shooter has the opportunity to either keep the shootout going or to win it.
(If by some miracle, you haven't read it, link is HERE)
Months of painstaking labour (the real reason Mats Sundin took the first part of the season off) have led to the breakdown shown below - "clutch" attempts taken or faced by individual players (only those who have taken/faced five or more such attempts in their career are shown):
- Not really full of the names you might expect at the top end of either list
- As before, the record across all attempts is obviously more important (for example, you won't see players who almost exclusively take the first few attempts in a shootout on this list, such as Lecavalier and Zubov) but this looks at those shooters who arguably face the more pressurised attempts
- Nobody with at least five attempts has managed to score them all - the legendary Petteri Nummelin managed to go 4-for-4 in his brief NHL career though
- As I'm legally bound to mention Pittsburgh's #87, reasonably interesting to note that Mr Crosby has gone a respectable 5-for-10 in attempts to win a shootout, but has a league-worst 0-for-6 record when behind and trying to keep one going. Guess it generates more headlines doing it that way...