Zurich, Switzerland It was a strange scene outside of the Hallenstadion Tuesday night, as fans of the Zurich Lions filed out of the arena with a sense of anguish. They had won the Victoria Cup, but "this is not Swiss hockey," as one local cuckoo clock maker said. "In our league, the goal of the match is to tie. This preserves the national character of the Swiss nation, and separates us from non-neutral countries like Germany, France, or Russia." The game started out very well for the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. Cam Barker put the 'Hawks ahead with a hard shot from the blueline at 6:13 of the first period. The crowd responded with the traditional Swiss hockey chant of "ausgleich, ausgleich, ausgleich." Most of the stunned American fans did not know that "ausgleich" is German for "tie." Jo ...
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