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NHL notebook: GMs discuss possible changes to overtime

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Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:36 p.m.

• NHL general managers spent the first day of their three-day meetings discussing overtime and shootouts, expanded video reviews and goalie interference. There appears to be concern that too many games are being decided in shootouts instead of during the flow of play. Of the 963 games played through this past Saturday, 14 percent (135) were decided in a shootout. And 40 percent that went to overtime were decided in a shootout. Among the suggested changes being discussed are a 3-on-3 element instead of four skaters apiece in the extra five-minute session, extending the overtime or requiring teams to switch ends of the ice, creating a longer change on line changes. The discussion of expanded video review seems weighted on when to start reviewing the tape and how much time a review takes. I will say there wasn't a lot of consensus on the criteria,” Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said. The increase in activity around the net has also led to an interest in goalie interference at this week's meetings. Also on the agenda is kicked-in goals.

• The NHL suspended Kings forward Jordan Nolan for one game for punching an Oilers forward. He missed the Kings' game Monday night in Calgary and lost $3,589 in salary. Late in the second period of the Kings' 4-2 win at Edmonton on Sunday, Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings' net. Joensuu's arms were tied up by a linesman when he was struck by Nolan. Nolan was assessed a double-minor for roughing.

• The Canadiens could be without defenseman Josh Gorges for the rest of the regular season. The team announced Gorges had surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand, an injury that has kept him out of the lineup the past two games. The estimated time of recovery is four weeks, meaning he could miss the remainder of the regular season.

— Wire reports

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