Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/07/05 at 12:50 PM ET
Before the NHL reinvented itself, fans often could leave at the second intermission with the game's outcome all but decided. Simply put, the team that was winning entering the third period was usually going to win -- so why not beat the traffic? Those who leave early this season, however, might turn on the car radio and wish they had stayed. Wednesday night's season opener, in which the Stars came back from a 4-0 deficit after one period to beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4, was evidence of how much the league's new rules limit a team's ability to protect a lead.
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