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Finally, the NHL's passages are clear

Faster and more entertaining games, Scotty Bowman, Derek Sanderson and lots of "stuff" hop on the Zamboni for this week's ride.

Updated: October 17, 2002, 11:08 AM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

THIS WEEK'S ZAMBONI RIDE ...

• The Great 8: Scotty Bowman • What's Up With...Derek Sanderson • E-mail bag • More stuff

The verdict is clear. During the first few days of the NHL season, speed and skill are back. The NHL's reclamation project is a bona fide, breathe-right success. It's as if Gary Bettman and Andy Van Hellemond held up a giant bottle of Neo-Synephrine and blew all the boogers right out ...

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