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What we learned in the NHL: It seems the slashing crackdown has resulted in more goals

What we learned in the NHL: It seems the slashing crackdown has resulted in more goals

Good sense occasionally prevails

General managers met last week in Montreal and reaffirmed their support for this season’s crackdown on slashes to players’ hands. There has been an adjustment period and there have been some seemingly petty calls but as with previous changes, players will adjust. The idea is to let skilled players use those skills to make plays or score without getting mangled fingers and fractured wrists, and it appears to be working. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, an average of 5.96 goals per game (excluding shootout deciders) were scored in the first 309 games this season, up from 5.31 goals per game after 309 games last season. The average...

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