Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/22/05 at 08:57 AM ET
So it is that Harry Sinden, while fully agreeing that a crackdown is necessary on the obstruction fouls that have grown so common and destructive to the NHL game, hopes the league doesn't go too far – to the point that this becomes a nearly unrecognizable pastime. ``Obviously, you've got to have penalty calls, or else you'd have anarchy out there,'' Sinden said. ``But if you just call it to a zero-tolerance level, it won't work. A game without any kind of incidental contact at all, players just allowed to skate around at full speed with no one ever laying a finger on them? It won't work. ``To me, minor penalties can absolutely destroy a game. Because instead of being a significant event in a game – `OK, here we go, a power play' – it becomes a common thing. Everybody gets lots of them. You get a penalty and you don't even worry about it, because you know you're going to be getting one right back.''
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