Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/03/05 at 10:54 AM ET
As the first month of the National Hockey League season draws to a close, it's evident the new game is what the fans wanted. Actually, in many ways, it's the old game rediscovered. The goalie pads are smaller now. The referees are less tolerant of interference and restraint. The tag-up rule is back. The goalies don't roam as much. All of those circumstances were characteristics of an earlier era, and they've been brought back, to the betterment of today's game. But it must also be said that some of the new rules are having effects that, in many cases, are less subtle and creating more clean-cut scoring chances.
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