I am not much a NHL fan these days. Reasons, I despise the fights. And I really believe the rinks are too small for the world's best players.
Olympic hockey before the professionals was much better for me to watch, wide open skating, crisp passing and great goal tending. That's what I like. The bump & grind, dump & chase in the NHL bores the crap out of me. Bigger rinks allows forwards to skate the puck into the opposing zone.
But watching today's game USA vs Russia was very exciting. Big rink, no fights ( as expected due to strick rules), tremendous goal tending, and fast skating and quick wrist shots. USA just beat Russia which ended in a 2-2 tie, 5 minute sudden death OT & a planned 3 round shootout which was extended 8 rounds. What a game!