Because if the team automatically has the point, then they can keep the 4 on 4 and exciting non-defensive OT. As fun and interesting as shootouts and the exciting OT can be, the best system they've had is still the 5 on 5 OT where the winner gets 2 points, the loser gets 0 points, and if it ends in a tie, they each get 1 point. It just makes more sense. I agree wholeheartedly. Points for losing in OT has never worked for me, and I'm not too big on shootouts either. I guess it's the traditionalist in me.