Wild First Weekend for the NHL

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Wild First Weekend for the NHL
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During the long, extensive and brutal months of the 113-day National Hockey League work stoppage, fans, repeatedly, had a sense of optimism only to be fooled and left in the dark by the greedy owners. 

Fear no more. 

During the wee morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 6 and after a 16-hour bargaining session in New York, the NHL and the Players Association came to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deal ended the ongoing madness and most importantly, put hockey back in business. 

With a shortened 48-game regular season schedule that features only divisional and conference games, the puck finally dropped last weekend. 

And what a weekend it turned out to be with an entire slate of non-stop hockey, which began with numerous marquee divisional rivalries. 

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