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Crackdown On Obstruction Is Essential

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun via Slam,
On the eve of the new National Hockey League season, fans everywhere are pondering the impact of the new rules and the crackdown on obstruction. The coach of the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, John Tortorella, says the latter is much more important than the former. He sees the crackdown as essential to the league's success, and believes that if the standards slide, the game will suffer. His Lightning won the Cup with a fundamental style change -- away from the trap to a game built on speed. Tortorella feels this is the style of game fans want to see. "I think the key for the league getting faster is to allow the best players to be the best players," he said. "It doesn't come into any of the rule changes that are going on. It comes into the interference, the enforcement. It comes into the new standard."

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