Tobias Stephan a fini la rencontre à l’envers.

Ice hockey – Debate: for or against endless overtime in the play-off?


Matches that end after midnight? The editorial staff of Sport-Center debates the format of overtime, during the National League playoffs.

Tobias Stephan finished the game upside down.

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Tuesday, after 104 minutes and 58 seconds of play, at midnight twenty-four, Philippe Furrer released his team from Fribourg-Gottéron against Lausanne HC, but also the 8,934 spectators (as long as everyone stayed until the end…) , viewers and all those who gravitate around Swiss hockey. Are these extension extensions, which can take everyone until the end of the night, are they a good thing for the National League? We debate it.

Emmanuel Favre: “The real story is written in these moments”


I don’t have enough knuckles, feet included, to count the number of times I’ve grumbled when a playoff duel ended after a penalty shootout. At the very top of the list is that 2018 World Championship final, where Switzerland stumbled in the final against Sweden after a penalty shootout. Just below is that 1998 Olympics semi-final in Nagano, where the Czechs beat the Canadians in a shootout in which coach Marc Crawford forgot to send Wayne Gretzky on the ice .

It’s a cliché, but the phrase makes sense: penos are a lottery. And hockey is not the EuroMillion. It is a sport where victory rewards audacity, patience, genius and sweat.

The extension, as long as it is, is the combination of ingredients that builds history and establishes legends. What is the most memorable goal of the millennium in the Swiss first division? That of the Swedish ZSC Lions Morgan Samuelsson in the extension of Act VII of the 2001 final against Lugano. And the most prestigious goal of the last 12 years, if not all time? That of the Canadian Sidney Crosby in extra time of the 2010 Olympic final against the United States.

An icon is rarely born after a series of penalty shootouts. She becomes so after deciding the fate of a series or a season in these extensions where the fans bite their nails in the stands, where the commentators lose their voices, where the coaches display a zen attitude while their stomachs flutter. , where players keep redefining the word “sacrifice.”

These moments write dramaturgies that contribute to the success of a sport. And the witnesses of an exceptional event, like that of Tuesday in Freiburg, will say it at will: we were there.

Robin Carrel: “Across all common sense”


Endless matches go against all the rules of the 2020s. Are we trying to get people to the rinks by public transport, not building parking lots there? Hold on, walk home or take your SUV, there are no more buses or trains. Do we want rhythmic meetings so as not to annoy the infamous “young audience who can’t sit still for three minutes without going to their smartphone”? Come on, here are endless goalless overtime, with 5 against 5 where everyone is afraid. Do you want maximum media exposure to sell your sport when it finally really counts after fifty qualifying games? Hop, the paper newspapers have all closed for ages and three quarters of people have turned off their TVs because they have a real job the next day.

By dint of wanting to do everything like the North Americans – look forward to the NHL-format ice rinks at the Worlds and why not with us soon – our hockey is losing its way. The new arenas have already upset the little hockey culture that Switzerland had built up over the years. It is now more about the pre-match show, frenzied Tik-Tok, popcorn and petit fours in gigantic boxes, than the fervor on which several generations had fed and which had brought them down. in love with this sport like no other.

And then good… If we start with the regulation pre-game aperitif at 6 p.m., how do you expect us to still be standing up to support our team after midnight? And after what? Are we going in an SUV?

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