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I like the idea the rules seem more cut and dried for the refs. Consistency will be the key! from the Calgary Sun via Slam,
The key changes brought forth for hockey's rebirth were prominently on display during last night's 5-4 Chicago Blackhawks win over the Calgary Flames in pre-season action at the United Center. A goalie -- Philippe Sauve -- was penalized for playing the puck outside the trapezoid area behind the net. A now-allowable two-line pass resulted in a breakaway. And lots of obstruction penalties were called. Lots and lots and lots of penalties. A grand total of 28 powerplays worth nearly 43 minutes resulted from the steady parade of players headed for the sin bin. Yet Jarome Iginla said he and his teammates were fine with the game's direction. "It seemed a little more cut and dried for the refs," said the Calgary captain, who played his first pre-season clash. "It was a tough game as far as penalty killing and powerplay but I think we'll be able to adjust.

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