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Time to end bloodshed in NHL playoffs

Playoff violence has become vile

There is blood on the NHL’s hands, and that appears to be very good business, at least for the moment. Only a week into the Stanley Cup playoffs, NBC’s ratings are trending upward, and most everyone attributes the increase to the type of mayhem and anarchy that was on display Sunday between the Flyers and Penguins.

The hockey itself in Philadelphia, especially the goaltending and refereeing, was minor-league material. But with the thick layer of violence slathered on top, including an Arron Asham aggravated cross-check to Brayden Schenn’s chin followed by punches to the head of the pole-axed Flyers forward, it got a lot of people gushing about all the passion, testosterone, and so-called courage on display in playoff hockey.

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