Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/21/05 at 08:51 AM ET
Over the past year, NHL players gave pretty compelling evidence that they may not be the smartest business thinkers in the world. But don't take that to mean they aren't smart at what they do. Watch and see just how quickly NHLers will adapt to the new regulatory structure of the league when it comes to certain types of fouls. Hooking, for example, at least for now, is now akin to driving on the wrong side of the road. The cops don't ever turn a blind eye to it. For the Maple Leafs and Bruins last night, there were only four hooking penalties, and almost none of the tugging and water-skiing that had became a routine part of every NHL shift. Lay down the law and stick with it, and NHL players will adapt. They have to. Their livelihoods depend on not only being strong, youthful and talented, but also in being able to alter their game to fit different situations. Last night's game at Copps Coliseum provided some evidence in that regard, or at least the second period did. The Leafs gave up no power plays to the Bruins, while Boston only found itself shorthanded three times.
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