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)


Updated poll:


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.


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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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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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