It's no secret that most of us hate the shootout. Another non-secret is that the NHL's original tie format wasn't much better. With that being said, I've looked up all the games from October that went to a shootout and determined an outcome myself.
The system I've used implements a hybrid of the NHL, NBA, NFL, and CS (common sense)overtime formats. Basically, it will be 4-on-4, no time limit, and the first team to score wins. With that in mind, here are the adjusted outcomes of the first month of the season.
October 2nd, Original Outcome: FLA 4-CHI 3.
In an apologetic tribute, Patrick Kane tells Tomas Vokoun that he can "Keep the change" and shoots the game winner off his mask and into the top corner. CHI 4-FLA3.
October 3rd, Original Outcome: PIT 4-NYI 3
After watching Dwayne Roloson stand on his head for the entire overtime, Gary Bettman swoops down from the rafters in a murderous rage and kicks Roloson out of the net screaming "Sidney Crosby is not allowed to lose!!!" Crosby buries the winner into the empty goal. PIT 4-NYI 3.
October 3rd, Original Outcome: NSH 3-DAL 2
J.P. Dumont knocks in a rebound to win it. Marc Crawford immediately calls Joe Nieuwendyk from the bench and demands that the team make a trade for Todd Bertuzzi. NSH 3-DAL 2.
October 6th, Original Outcome: CAR 2-TBL 1
Rick Tocchet decides that he should center the top line instead of Lecavalier. He loses a crucial faceoff in his own zone and Eric Staal beats Mike Smith top shelf. CAR 2-TBL 1.
October 6th, Original Outcome: EDM 5-DAL 4
Mike Ribeiro is granted a penalty shot and makes 710 dekes before scooping the puck past an awe-struck Jeff Droin-Deslauriers. DAL 5-EDM 4
October 8th, Original Outcome: NJD 4-TBL 3
After having to make almost 20 saves in the first ten minutes of overtime, Martin Brodeur himself calls a timeout, skates to the bench, and proceeds to inform Jacques Lemaire that they are going to bring the 'Trap' back. Gary Bettman pulls out his sniper rifle and fires a warning shot at the ice that deflects and knocks the blade off of Brodeur's left skate, causing him to fall down. Jeff Halpern taps the puck into the empty net. Bettman chuckles to himself "Yeah, just what we need, more defense." TBL 4-NJD 3.
October 8th, Original Outcome: CGY 4-EDM 3
Dion Phaneuf takes an untimely boarding penalty. On the ensuing power play, Sheldon Souray takes a 136-mph slap shot that goes through Miikka Kiprusoff's glove, through the net, through the boards, and knocks an unsuspecting goal judge unconscious. EDM 4-CGY 3.
October 10th, Original Outcome: BOS 4-NYI 3
After watching the highlights of Sheldon Souray's shot, Zdeno Chara says "I can do that." He rifles a 138-mph slap shot into Dwayne Roloson's stomach that knocks him into his own net. BOS 4-NYI 3.
October 10th, Original Outcome: ANA 3-PHI 2
In his first game against his former team, Chris Pronger swoops up the puck, elbows two Anaheim players in the head, high-sticks another, takes it coast to coast, and beats Jonas Hiller five-hole. PHI 3-ANA 2.
October 10th, Original Outcome: CHI 4-COL 3
Craig Anderson gets distracted by Brian Campbell's luscious, flowing hair and John Toews puts home the winner. CHI 4-COL 3.
October 11th, Original Outcome: VAN 4-DAL 3
Marty Turco plays like the real Marty Turco, and the resulting goal tending battle lasts until 4:30AM. It only ends when Roberto Luongo falls asleep leaning on the net during a stoppage in play. Brendon Morrow banks it off his elbow and in. DAL 4-VAN 3.
October 12th, Original Outcome: NJD 3-WSH 2
Bryce Salvador coughs up the puck during a power play and Alex Ovechkin takes it in and scores on Brodeur. Ovechkin then does three somersaults, jumps into the crowd, and then crowd-surfs around the entire arena. WSH 3-NJD 2.
October 12th, Original Outcome: PHX 1-SJS 0
Shane Doan gets one past Evgeni Nabokov and Ed Jovanovski immediately starts throwing rats on the ice before Dave Tippett reminds him that he doesn't play for that team anymore. PHX 1-SJS 0.
October 14th, Original Outcome: PIT 3-CAR 2
Ray Whitney scores from the slot. Sidney Crosby stays on the bench pouting for twenty minutes and ends up missing the team bus. CAR 3-PIT 2.
October 17th, Original Outcome: WSH 3-NSH 2
Barry Trotz decides that alternating goalies every game isn't working, says "The hell with it!", and starts alternating the goalies every shift. Dan Ellis gets caught in transition, and Mike Green ends the game. Angered by the gaffe, Trotz starts Rinne every game for the rest of the month.
October 17th, Original Outcome: COL 4-DET 3
Craig Anderson comes out of the net to play the puck and sees Wojtek Wolski come off the bench. While trying to get the winger's attention, Anderson stumbles on his pronunciation several times. Pavel Datsyuk steals the puck and Anderson can't get back to his net in time. DET 4-COL 3.
October 20th, Original Outcome: MTL 2-ATL 1
Rich Peverley feeds Ilya Kovalchuk a perfect pass, and Kovalchuk buries it. Peverley and Kovalchuk hurry directly to the locker room and contact local authorities about restraining orders against the Kostitsyn brothers. ATL 2-MTL 1.
October 21st, Original Outcome: NYI 4-CAR 3
Kyle Okposo scores the final goal in overtime, and the officials at the game call Gary Bettman to inform him of the results. Bettman replies: "What... Islanders-Hurricanes? Come on, I was in the middle of playing with my Legos, I thought this was important" and hangs up. To this date, there is no record of this game having ever been played.
October 21st, Original Outcome: MIN 3-COL 2
Peter Forsberg gives his foot one more shot at NHL action. On his first shift of overtime, his foot disappears into thin air causing him to fall. Mikko Koivu scoops up the puck and slides it past Craig Anderson. MIN 3-COL 2.
October 22nd, Original Outcome: PHI 4-BOS 3
All five Philadelphia skaters take boarding and game misconduct penalties simultaneously towards the end of the third period. The short bench creates a mismatch, and David Krejci ends up with the game winner. BOS 4-PHI 3.
October 23rd, Original Outcome: PIT 3-FLA 2
Michael Frolik dekes Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury early in the extra period and scores. Later in the night, Gary Bettman fines Frolik $500,000 for "Conduct Detrimental to the League." FLA 3-PIT 2.
October 24th, Original Outcome: BOS 4-OTT 3
Zdeno Chara takes a slapshot so hard that it hits the crossbar and flies all the way down the ice and past an unsuspecting Tim Thomas. OTT 4-BOS 3.
October 24th, Original Outcome: BUF 3-TBL 2
Rick Tocchet gets thrown out of the game in the third after a controversial call. Associate coach Rick Wilson starts the overtime with Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on the same line, and they score 23 seconds in. Wilson is fired before the post-game press conference even begins. TBL 3-BUF 2.
October 28th, Original Outcome: SJS 2-LAK 1
Patrick Marleau tells Ryan Smyth that he has a gray hair before the faceoff. Un-phased, Smyth says "So do you." Marleau, confused and disoriented, loses the draw, and Anze Kopitar scores blocker side on Evgeni Nabokov. LAK 2-SJS 1.
October 29th, Original Outcome: EDM 6-DET 5
Henrik Zetterberg scores at the 2:11 mark. Kevin Lowe slams his notebook down, finds the first reporter he can, and blames the whole thing on Brian Burke. DET 6-EDM 5.
October 29th, Original Outcome: VAN 2-LAK 1
Drew Doughty scores from the point four minutes into overtime. Alain Vigneault is quoted in the post-game as saying: "I wish Bertuzzi still played for us." LAK 2-VAN 2.
October 30th, Original Outcome: PIT 4-CBJ 3
Sidney Crosby maneuvers around three Blue Jackets, and beats Steve Mason low. Gary Bettman has his best nights' sleep in months. PIT 4-CBJ 3.
October 30th, Original Outcome: FLA 6-DAL 5
Bryan McCabe scoots in front of his own net, and loses control of the puck. Brad Richards takes a shot, and McCabe blasts the rebound into his own net. DAL 6-FLA 5.
October 31st, Original Outcome: MTL 5-TOR 4
Michael Cammalleri taps in a rebound about eight minutes into overtime. Brian Burke finds the first reporter he can, and blames the whole thing on Kevin Lowe. MTL 5-TOR 4.
October 31st, Original Outcome: PHX 3-ANA 2
Jean-Sebastien Giguere makes a save and starts skating the puck up the ice. As he enters the zone, Corey Perry hands him a stick and he takes off his mask. As it turns out, it's actually Greg Goldberg. He tells Ilya Bryzgalov "Happy Halloween!!" and blasts a 'knuckle-puck' high, glove side. ANA 3-PHO 2.
October 31st, Original Outcome: NJD 2-TBL 1
Zach Parise scores short-handed on a breakaway. The Lightning leave the ice without much fanfare. After the game, multiple sources capture Rick Tocchet on the team bus cuddled against the window with his blankie. NJD 2-TBL 1.