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We're making calls for playoffs, NHL draft

Updated: April 25, 2006, 7:39 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

First Period -- Whistle while you work

It's actually happening.

Penalties are being called as they were during the regular season. Commissioner Gary Bettman's pre-playoff verbal salvo at referees to call the games as they called a November Blue Jackets-Coyotes game is working.

For the first time since coaches and players started pushing the slash-and-grab envelope to the extreme, the NHL is proactively taking on the role as spring steward. It's too early to tell how this ...

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