Anyone else notice that the last few NHL games had some fierce hits, some fights, and most of all some passion in the game instead of the WHL game we call hockey,which more resembles figure skating. The NHL games are being played hard inspite of the less than adequate referees. There are 2 refs and I still shake my head at most of the calls and many of the non-calls. The WHL is worse. The powers to be in hockey were trying to spoil the game but the NHL'ers must have decided enough and are hammering each other. This is exciting hockey because of the skill AND the physicality.Wow what started out as a love fest broke out into a fast,physical, hockey game. Maybe Brendan Shanahan should go on holidays and Don Cherry take over his job.