Anyone who saw how the Stanley Cup was won last season witnessed the latest blueprint for success in today’s NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins displayed a skating game that emphasized speed and footraces to the puck at mid-ice.
“They didn’t get too cute as far as getting it out of their zone,” Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. “They just made a decision and they were going to skate off of that puck in the neutral zone.”
Carlyle and Ducks General Manager Bob Murray took note of that style as a possible formula for Anaheim upon the coach’s hiring in June. But with the Ducks set to open the season Thursday at...