Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/11/05 at 04:53 PM ET
There are also some disturbing trends that were glossed over in the rush to give the NHL a passing grade in its return. The never-ending march to the penalty box is almost interminable — often worse than even forecast. This same 40-game sample has featured almost 36 minutes in penalties per contest. Each game, in fact, is averaging right around 16 penalties per game. And, while all that power-play time has certainly jazzed up scoring — Atlanta beat Washingon 8-1 Saturday thanks to four power-play goals in 15 chances and Detroit scored five power-play goals, in nine tries, to pin Sunday's 6-3 loss on Calgary — it has also slowed the game down and destroyed much of its inherent flow.
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