A Year in the Books: Revisiting Fan Approval of the 3-on-3 Overtime Format

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Last September NoVa Caps conducted a poll of its readers to get a sense of how Caps fans felt about the new 3-on-3 overtime format. Let’s just say the results were less than favorable for the new format. We decided to circle back on the topic, and see if a full season had changed the opinions Caps fans.

To recap, the results from our original poll conducted last September: (2,400 votes)

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Updated poll:

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Fan responses:

Whether a fan of the new format or not, it’s fairly clear that the basic intent to reduce the number of shootouts has been achieved, at least after one season.

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Style Change
It should be noted that as the season progressed, a greater percentage of 3-on-3 overtime games went to a shootout. This is likely due to the fact that teams began to adopt a more conservative style of play for 3-on-3 overtime as the season progressed. According to ESPN, After 171 overtime games, 109 of them were decided in the 3-on-3 – that’s 63.7 percent, or slightly higher than the average for the season. The question remains, will the conservative style of play continue to increase?

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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2 Responses to A Year in the Books: Revisiting Fan Approval of the 3-on-3 Overtime Format

  1. jonmsorensen says:

    It will be interesting to track this season, and see if the increase n “conservative” play continues to increase.

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