Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/02/05 at 08:43 AM ET
Have you seen many penalties called in the preseason so far? Welcome to the NHL's latest dose of bad medicine -- you may not like it, but it's the only way the patient is going to get well. The real deal begins in only three days, but the law has been laid down throughout the league. Clutching, grabbing, and any other game-muddying variety of obstruction penalties are being called without hesitation. Ottawa's tilt in Buffalo on Wednesday featured the undisciplined elements of the Oakland Raiders, combined with the stop-start nature of a run-of-the-mill NBA game. In other words, it didn't qualify as Must See TV. Twenty-six penalties in total -- 13 awarded to each team. A teenager driving a stick shift has a smoother progression than this. Bad medicine becomes more bearable as time goes on, and in the case of multiple penalty calls, it appears we are on our final dose. Give credit to the NHL for finally tending to the health of its league.
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