BOCA RATON, Florida - NHL General Managers convened for the first of three days of meetings and picked up on a discussion that has been ongoing for the last few years and picked up traction the last time the group met back in Toronto in November: namely how to reduce the number of games that are decided in a shootout. “The shootout, theres nothing wrong with it, I think its an exciting part of the game but its just one small aspect,” said Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. “Its a skill exhibition. If you can get it back closer to regular hockey and have it decided that way; that would be my preference.” “I dont think its a knock on the shootout, I think more of the managers would like to see it end in overtime,” added Washington Capitals GM George McPhee. “Shootouts fun though, people like it, kids love it.” In 2011, 14.7% of games were not decided by the end overtime. While it fell to 13.5% in 2012, the number has been on the rise again, climbing to 14.1% in 2013 and 14.3% so far this season. Collectively, the sentiment among the group continues to trend towards the desire to see more games end in regulation or overtime but the methods to go about achieving that are being disputed. Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has long been an advocate of featuring three on three play after five minutes of four on four overtime. While he pushed for it back in November, the concept appeared to have little support this morning. The problem is that because it occurs so rarely in games, its difficult to truly understand what impact it might have on the game before implementing it. “You see three on three for maybe a minute or forty five seconds and the one team might just be waiting to get their power play so they might attack a little bit differently than if it was a full two minutes,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong. “To see it, you have to see it for the full two minutes with everyone at even strength.” So far, the ideas that appear to be gaining the most support are more subtle by nature, avoiding a drastic alteration in the game the way extending overtime or shifting to three on three would. Potentially changing ends to start overtime so that teams would have to stray farther from their own end to change as they do during the second period of regulation and doing a dry scrape of the ice after regulation instead of waiting until before the shootout seemed to pick up some traction. 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Allen Muse caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night. Ball State had a chance to tie at the end of regulation, but Scott Secors 38-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Ryan Carrethers as time expired. For a second straight season, Arkansas State shrugged off a coaching change to win the GoDaddy Bowl. Arkansas State lost coach Bryan Harsin to Boise State in December. Hes the latest in a string of three ASU coaches, including Hugh Freeze (Mississippi) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn), who have left the program for a more high-profile job. John Thompson was the teams interim coach for a second straight season, and the veteran defensive co-ordinator led a staff that managed to cobble together a workable offence with Knighten, who replaced injured starter Adam Kennedy in the second quarter. Thompson was not retained by new coach Blake Anderson -- the former North Carolina offensive co-ordinator who is Arkansas States fifth head coach in five seasons -- but is confident he left the program in good hands. Despite all the coaching changes, Arkansas State has won 28 games over the past three seasons, turning into one of the Sun Belt Conferences best programs. "Arkansas State is not just that little football team up there in northeast Arkansas," Thompson said. "Arkansas State should now have a national brand. I dont think there were many other football games going on tonight. There are a lot of good things about (this win)." Knighten rescued Arkansas States offence on Sunday after Kennedy left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, finishing with 115 yards passing and 97 yards rushing. Muse, who considered quitting football following his fathers suicide three years ago, wound up with the biggest catch of the night just five plays after Ball State scored what appeared to be the decisive touchdown. "Im extremely blessed," Muse said. "Its really hard to put into words what this means." Ball State (10-3) went ahead 20-166 with 1:33 remaining on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahwan Edwards, but couldnt hold the lead.dddddddddddd Edwards finished with a game-high 146 yards rushing, but had to watch as Arkansas State rallied for the win. "Its not over until the times over," Edwards said. "Its hard to swallow." Keith Wenning capped his Ball State career with 215 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. Hes the first Ball State quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. Arkansas State moved the ball well throughout the third quarter, but had to settle for two short field goals to take a 16-10 lead. It nearly came back to haunt them. But Knightens clutch throw to Muse proved to be the difference. Ball State still had a chance to tie. The Cardinals drove downfield -- and with the help of a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Arkansas States Andrew Tryon for a late hit -- lined up for the 38-yard field goal with 2 seconds left. But it never got past the line of scrimmage, smacking off Carrethers hands and setting off an Arkansas State celebration that quickly spilled onto the field. "It was crazy," Carrethers said. "Ive never experienced anything like that. To put everything on the line and then come through like that -- it was an amazing feeling. I couldnt have written it any better." Ball States normally prolific passing offence struggled early in the game. Wenning missed on four of his first five pass attempts -- and also took a vicious hit on a sack by Rocky Hayes. "When we pressured him, our guys brought some steam," Thompson said. "Just hitting him. (Quarterbacks) dont like to get hit." Edwards rushed for 92 yards in the first half, including 44 yards on a 14-play drive that ended with Wennings 9-yard touchdown pass to Willie Snead. It helped Ball State push out to a 10-3 lead by late in the second quarter, but Arkansas State responded with its own long drive just before halftime, capped by Sirgregory Thorntons 1-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 10. Wenning, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, holds just about every passing record in Ball State history, but struggled in his finale. He completed 23 of 44 passes. "The seniors and the rest of the team -- thats who Im hurting for right now," Wenning said. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China China NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Stitched NFL Jerseys ' ' '