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Fast faceoffs keep players, coaches on their toes

The new 18-second, hurry-up face off rule has been a success.

Updated: October 21, 2002, 4:52 PM ET
By Brian Engblom | Special to ESPN.com

The new 18-second, hurry-up face off rule has been great for the NHL. The amount of time saved during each game is phenomenal.

Over the past few years, the amount of time wasted during faceoffs was becoming increasingly ridiculous. Coaches were able to play a chess game of waiting and debating: Who are you going to put out? And then, who am I going to put out? The referees always had to speed them along. Then, the players would get out there and have a little chat at the faceoff circle, ...

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