Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/19/05 at 07:43 AM ET
The best news? Even the losing team wasn't complaining about the rules. The basics of a much, much improved NHL game were on display for the first time in T.O. last night, and there was an awful lot to like and very few people prepared to complain. There was none of that lazy hooking and tugging, and a surprising amount of hitting for a pre-season tilt, won 5-2 by the Ottawa Senators over the Maple Leafs. "You could see tonight it doesn't affect the amount of hitting at all," said Sens coach Bryan Murray. Yes, there was a boatload of penalties, and 19 power plays in all, 10 for the hometown Leafs. But half of those were calls that would have been made the last time we saw the NHL, and it certainly didn't destroy the game. Both teams seemed generally prepared to play by the new rules, particularly the new standard of enforcement on what can and can't be done to a puck carrier. "The word of the league and the intent has been accepted by the players," said Leaf head coach Pat Quinn. "I think a lot of that has to do with the players wanting to put those standards in, and being part of the process."
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