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Could NHL overtime rules be changed?

Updated: September 10, 2013, 1:30 PM ET
By Craig Custance

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland isn't anti-shootout. He's just in favor of letting actual hockey decide games.

So during NHL GM meetings in the past, he's suggested that overtime sessions consist of five (or four) minutes of four-on-four, then five (or four) minutes of three-on-three. If the game is still tied, a shootout would determine the winner.

There was some support in the past, just not enough.

In the prospect tournament he runs in Traverse City, Holland implemented his version of overtime. On Sunday, he and other general managers in the building got to see what it looked like in actual game action for the first time when the Dallas Stars' prospects beat those from the Minnesota Wild in a shootout that followed the first three-on-three overtime session of the tournament.

The reviews of the three-on-three hockey were strong.

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