Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/22/06 at 09:01 AM ET
The first thing you need to know about the Calgary Flames is their take on the new NHL: They never got the memo. There, steeled by Darryl Sutter's traditional view of how the game of hockey ought to be played, Calgary will win between 70% and 90% of the puck battles on a good night. Because that's another rule Calgary has its own take on: You don't win battles, you don't play here. Behind it all, for those rare times the opponent wins the puck, then manoeuvres it through the best defensive blue-line corps in the National Hockey League, stands Turku Broda himself -- possibly the best goaltender in the world today. "He's as good as I've ever played with, and I've played with some good ones," observed Flames winger Darren McCarty, "He's like Dom, but he's so much more in control. He's agile like that, but Dom has to make the rodeo save where Kipper doesn't. He's just there."more
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