Getting the shaft from broken sticks

Updated: May 16, 2003, 3:52 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
The path to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals has been littered with broken and splintered hockey sticks.

Players love the lighter one-piece graphite composite sticks because they create a harder and more accurate shot.

But they are also breaking more often and becoming a factor in games. The most recent example was Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the Wild and Mighty Ducks. Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Minnesota's Cliff Ronning took a shot from the point on the power play, breaking his stick in half. Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer then took the puck on a clear breakaway and scored a short-handed goal that iced the game.

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