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Use match penalties to curb violent play

The NHL needs only to do one thing to reduce or eliminate cheap shots, especially those seen early in this season’s playoffs: use and enforce the existing rules.

All this talk of new rules involving head shots is a waste of time. The match penalty is a perfectly good rule to use to get guys to quit the nonsensical stuff on the ice.

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During the entire regular season, only three match penalties were given out.

I’m sure that on more than three occasions someone intentionally tried to hurt another player.

Maybe a few more match penalties, which incur suspensions or fines, would get some players to think twice.

Adam Hardy, Halifax, N.S.