We agree. The biggest drawback has been that players have been taking advantage of suddenly sensitive referees by diving to draw penalties. The Sabres did some infuriating faking while beating the Flyers, including wing Matthew Barnaby, a notorious actor, who by playing all-but-dead drew a high-sticking call in overtime of Game 5 that led to Buffalo's series-winning goal. There also was considerable flopping in the Bruins-Capitals series, which Washington won in six. "Guys are falling down as soon as they get touched," says Sharks general manager Dean Lombardi. "You hate it when penalties are called for that, but it's been a tough adjustment for the refs."
That the NHL is making such adjustments during the playoffs demonstrates how shortsighted the league was to implement the crackdown at midyear instead of waiting for next season. But at least the change is headed in the right direction—and it seems to be here to stay.