Hull's moment as fleeting as his shot

Keep an eye on Brett Hull. It will be some time before anyone not named Mario scores 700 again.

Updated: January 22, 2003, 12:34 PM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

It's a jungle out there, in the high slot, where claws come out and teeth are bared, not fit for man nor beast.

"Like the animal kingdom,'' Brett Hull was musing recently. "Adapt or go extinct.''

He has become, oddly enough, one of the game's true survivors.

The onetime soft, lazy, uncoachable kid is now midway through his 16th NHL season, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, a team guy, a surefire Hall of Famer, a penalty killer!, and someone on the verge of a major career milestone ...

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