I don't like the games being decided in a shootout fashion either, especially not after only 5 minutes of 4 on 4. But you cannot deny the excitement that it generates. If you haven't read Reality Check's piece on what he thinks about it, then check it out.
My opinion: I would like to see 5 minutes of 4 on 4, if the game is still tied, then 5 minutes of 3 on 3, and if that still doesn't cut it, then have a shootout. I really don't think that many games would still end up tied after 3 on 3. We saw a bit of 3 on 3 in the Canucks game last week, and it truly was an exciting thing. I think with this idea, you can please everyone.
What do you think?