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New-look Sharks out-Winging their opponents early on in season

If you can't beat them, become them. Such is the formula in San Jose, where the revamped Sharks have emulated the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings' style -- and so far, so good.

Updated: October 31, 2008, 12:02 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

The reverberations of the 2007 Stanley Cup victory of the Anaheim Ducks, it is fair to say, are still being felt.

The Ducks partially brawled their way to that title, and last season much of the Western Conference added muscle with which to confront Anaheim.

This season, fighting is up again in the NHL, with knuckle-dragging apparently back in vogue as even clean checks require revenge and payback. Even the Montreal Canadiens felt compelled to add heavyweight Georges ...

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