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You Call This A Classic?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The only thing classic about these games was the classic extremes in the weather. Rain and unseasonably warm weather in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Day meant that the NHL had to take out extra insurance to cover accidental drowning.

The Canadiens-Flames game was supposed to provide the players with memories of growing up on outdoor rinks and it did just that. It reminded them of the days when they worked hard to make a team that played in an arena.

While conditions may vary from arena to arena, the state of the playing surface at McMahon Stadium seriously undermined the credibility of the NHL. Hockey at this level should showcase speed and physical play, but the ice was so hard that it was difficult to maintain speed, particularly in the corners. And the bone-chilling cold meant players spent most of the time tip-toeing away from the opportunity to make big hits.

This was a game between two teams battling for playoff berths and they should have played under conditions that reflected the importance of the game.

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