Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/07/05 at 11:17 AM ET
In this extravagant new era of the NHL, 5-on-5 play can be genuinely exciting, with teams racing up and down the ice to generate intense and nonstop offensive action – and no plodding defender slowing things down with a well-placed hook or hold. Unfortunately, in too many games 5-on-5 play is a sight as rare as either a standup goaltender or a good toe-to-toe fight. In creating its new on-ice product, the NHL rightly wanted to do a better job of showcasing the prodigious talents of its best players. At times, that certainly has happened. But too much of the time now, the talent showcase has almost the feel of an All-Star Game – hockey that is all about gaudy skills but lacking the physical intensity that always made NHL play special.
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