Found October 13, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
For all the fuss made about shot-blocking expectations surrounding John Tortorella’s new team the Vancouver Canucks and his former team the New York Rangers you’d think stepping in the way of pucks was a new phenomenon. Skaters blocking shots isn’t new nor did Tortorella’s team invent the play. But there is a twist when it comes to the art. The Calgary Flames are leading the NHL in that category in the early going this season. Through their first five games during which they’ve compiled a 3-0-2 record the Flames have blocked 92 shots intended to reach the goal. This is a team that’s regularly been in the middle of the pack in that category but it’s made a conscious effort to improve in that category under head coach Bob Hartley. “Part of winning games is sacrificing” Hartley said after Saturday’s practice. “I think with the guys that we went to get plus our own guys the word ‘commitment’ has a new meaning for this organization. “It’s about sacrificing ourselves. “We’

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Here’s proof Jiri Hudler’s climb to the top of the NHL’s scoring list has gone with relative anonymity. After the morning skate in anticipation of Friday’s clash with the New Jersey Devils Chico Resch — the colour commentator for the visiting team’s television broadcast — mistakenly approached Calgary Flames dressing room attendant Ben Dumaine believing him to be Hudler...

Bill Meltzer: Flyers Gameday: 10/15/13 vs. Canucks

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