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Sunday hockey notes

Black eyes on the game need to be addressed

For all the changes we’ve seen in the NHL — and with realignment a fait accompli — a couple of hot topics never get settled. One is fighting, the other is eye protection, and both were front and center yet again last week.

On the fighting front, we had a quick, nasty beatdown Wednesday night when 6-foot-5-inch Toronto tough guy Frazer McLaren tangled with another “big,’’ 6-3 Ottawa rookie Darian Dziurzynski. The bout came only 26 seconds after the opening faceoff, the irascible and punch-proficient McLaren looking to put a spark into the often-slow-to-ignite Maple Leafs on home ice.

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