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NHL Is Back in All Its Tribal Glory

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TORONTO — We’re a team, said Dion Phaneuf, every way he knew how. It was the day after his Toronto Maple Leafs had pummelled the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 in a game that became predictably messy — “When it gets lopsided,” Montreal goalie Carey Price told reporters, “the jokers take over” — and by the end there were some renewed blood feuds, fresh angry recriminations, and some mild alleged cannibalism. Hey, that’s Saturday night for you.

“We’ve got a tight group here, a group that sticks together, and we showed that last night,” Phaneuf said. “We’re a team that wants to play hard for each and every guy, and play hard for the guy across from you or next to you, and I think last night showed how tight we were as a team,...

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