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It's hard to know what to expect from players during a shortened season. Arguments have been made that the lockout favored older teams, younger teams, deeper teams, teams with players overseas, teams without players overseas.
Well, two days in, one thing is perfectly clear: Age is not going to be slowing any of these players down.
The NHL's oldest players started out at a feverish pace: Anaheim Duck Teemu Selanne, the league's oldest at 42, scored two goals and assisted on two others in his team's opener against the Vancouver Canucks.
Jaromir Jagr, now 40 and on the Dallas Stars, started out every bit as quickly as Selanne, lighting the lamp twice and assisting on two more. He had a more quiet game Sunday, but it's hard not to be impressed by what he showed on Saturday. The same could be said for teammate Ray Whitney—also 40—who shared in Jagr's fun on opening night with a goal and an assist.
The 39-year-old Alex Kovalev only signed with the Florida Panthers last week, but he made a big splash in his opening game with a goal and two helpers. Elsewhere in Florida, 37-year-old Martin St. Louis scored twice and assisted on a third goal in the Lightning's 6-3 defeat of the Washington Capitals.
And, of course, Martin Brodeur started the New Jersey Devils' opener on Saturday, marking his 18th-consecutive season-opener for the team—an all-time record. He let in only one goal and stopped 18 shots taken by the New York Islanders.
It remains to be seen if older players will be able to handle a condensed season, but they very quickly shook off any concerns of rust or fatigue from the lockout.