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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

- When you see the Sharks play the way they have to start this season, the fact they’ve not reached a Stanley Cup Final, let alone won the big prize, becomes all the more flummoxing.

- So, does the blame in Philadelphia still go to the goaltending or will somebody eventually make a change at the top that stops handcuffing the Flyers with costly moves that puts them in salary cap jail? Just imagine how bad things would be if the Flyers didn’t draft so well.

- Who saw the Boston Bruins struggling to score goals? Sure, a tough start for Jarome Iginla isn’t out of the blue, but so many others not on form — David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand — is short of the mark for what’s been, so far, a middling club.

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Primis's avatar

When you see the Sharks play the way they have to start this season, the fact they’ve not reached a Stanley Cup Final, let alone won the big prize, becomes all the more flummoxing.

Why am I not surprised a Calgary writer doesn’t understand playoff hockey and how it’s different from October?

Posted by Primis on 10/18/13 at 11:02 AM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Despite being a fellow curmudgeon, the disrespect seen already in this NHL season has nothing to do with a rookie player scoring a highlight-reel, stick-between-the-legs goal.

Disrespecting the game is Buffalo Sabres suspension-in-waiting Patrick Kaleta hitting yet another player from his blind side. Or St. Louis Blues forward Max Lapierre drilling the San Jose Sharks’ Dan Boyle from behind.

Disrespecting the game isn’t just reserved for suspension-worthy events.

It’s Montreal Canadiens defenceman PK Subban dishing out crosschecks to Lance Bouma’s back when the Calgary Flames winger is already on his knees, which drew a penalty and quashed Montreal’s late comeback hopes.

It’s the Anaheim Ducks’ Ben Lovejoy twice already this season clipping opposing players with knee-on-knee hits, first when he got Colorado Avalanche No.-1 pick Nathan MacKinnon and most recently Bouma — who missed almost all of last season due to a massive knee injury. That’s the same Lovejoy who ended last season early for Flames forward Curtis Glencross with that very same hit.

And on and on and on.

It’s not disrespecting the game by scoring a goal or making a thrilling play. Disrespecting the game is putting opposition players on stretchers with foolish acts such as drive-by elbows, hits from behind and sticking out knees.

This.  19x this.

Posted by Savage Henry on 10/18/13 at 12:18 PM ET

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