Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/06/05 at 09:07 AM ET
The new NHL has already left a sour taste in the mouths of Pat Quinn and the Maple Leafs, but it has surely arrived. With a bang. There was, of course, Ottawa's wild shootout victory last night over the Leafs, the first such result in the 88-year history of the league, and there were goals, goals, goals in cities around North America as the NHL staged a smorgasbord of opening-night action. Before Wayne Gretzky even officially began his coaching career in Vancouver, six teams had already scored five goals or more on the first night of hook-free, clutch-free NHL play. Remember the last time we watched hockey and the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning played a seven-game Stanley Cup final without a single lead change? Well, last night the Dallas Stars fell behind the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 and roared back to triumph 5-4. The New York Rangers, expected to be dreadful this season, spotted the Philadelphia Flyers a two-goal lead and ended up on the right end of a 5-3 verdict. That kind of stuff almost never used to happen. And then there was the Leafs-Sens contest.
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