"If you compare the first two weeks to now, it's a big difference," said Sundin, moments after scoring the winning goal in overtime against Montreal on Saturday night.I'd agree that there appears to be some back sliding going on in terms of the strict enforcement we saw earlier in the season. Hopefully it's not a sign of a return to the old days. Stay tuned.
"I talked to one of the refs during the game. Now it's not back to where it was (two years ago) but I told him there's more clutch and grab out there. There's some hooking and holding going on.
"Guys are getting away with it. I have nothing against it. But the game is not exactly every call where it was earlier when, if you put a stick on a guy, you were sent off.
"It hasn't gone all the way back, but it's definitely different than it was at the beginning of the year."
And how did the referee respond to Sundin's theory?
"He said: 'You think so?' I said: 'A little bit. I don't mind it.'
"He said: 'Well, maybe ...' "
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