The first-half story lines we can't forget

Updated: January 22, 2009, 5:52 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Think of an NHL season as a rolled-up national flag you've never seen before.

Slowly it unfurls, and gradually you come to see the colors and the design, and by the end you decide whether it's to your liking or not.

Dates To Remember

There were story lines, and then there were moments. Here are some key dates from the season's first half.

Oct. 13

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