Two points for a regulation-time win in professional hockey.

One point each for a tie, and a third point for the overtime or shootout win.

The loser's point can still help a team in the playoffs.
In 2012, because the Los Angeles Kings had accumulated 15 loser points, they were able to sneak into the West’s final playoff spot and then go all the way to hoisting the Stanley Cup two months later.
All because sports fans (apart from soccer fans?) in North America don't like ties in regulation?

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