I like the new fast pace game, but I liked it when the games where more physical. I love checking and fighting and I think they help pump up the team and the fans, or when ever you stick up for your teammates. I really wish that the fighting and big big hits where not down after the lockout
I like it better now, but I thought it was a pretty smooth transition after the lockout. People had a year to forget what NHL hockey was like and has become all about speed once every team learned that was the only way to play now. One of the reasons I think Buffalo was so good right after the lockout was that they were just faster than everyone else.
Like it was mentioned above, the playoffs still offer all the defensive struggles you could ask for.
I like it better now, but I thought it was a pretty smooth transition after the lockout. People had a year to forget what NHL hockey was like and has become all about speed once every team learned that was the only way to play now.
I would concur that the emphasis on calling more penalties led to a faster game right out of the lockout, but it's almost gone back to where it was prior to the period.
So 'old' or 'new' hockey, I like 'em both just fine.
I hated old hockey sometimes, it was just so boring. Not to mention the Stars were already boring as it is with their lack of offensive skill. I think hockey is better now, not with officiating, but the product on the ice is much better for me. I used to fall asleep during ESPN hockey games regularly, now that doesn't really happen.
Interference and obstruction have made a bit of a comeback, but if you go back and watch pre-lockout games the difference is jarring when it comes to hooking and holding. Those things really have pretty much been excised from hockey, and it's a great thing.