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Players back, fans too, as puck drops on new season

A Staples Center employee hugs a Los Angeles Kings fan as fans return for the first NHL game of the Kings' season against the Chicago Blackhawks in Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A Staples Center employee hugs a Los Angeles Kings fan as fans return for the first NHL game of the Kings' season against the Chicago Blackhawks in Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A Staples Center employee hugs a Los Angeles Kings fan as fans return for the first NHL game of the Kings' season against the Chicago Blackhawks in Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Winnipeg Jets fans Tyler MacFarland (L) and Norman Lavallee cheer as they arrive at the MTS Centre for the first game of the NHL hockey season against Ottawa Senators in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade

Winnipeg Jets fans Tyler MacFarland (L) and Norman Lavallee cheer as they arrive at the MTS Centre for the first game of the NHL hockey season against Ottawa Senators in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade

Winnipeg Jets fans Tyler MacFarland (L) and Norman Lavallee cheer as they arrive at the MTS Centre for the first game of the NHL hockey season against Ottawa Senators in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade
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The puck is dropped at the start of the NHL hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade

The puck is dropped at the start of the NHL hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade

The puck is dropped at the start of the NHL hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade
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Winnipeg Jets fans Lindsey Fisher (L) and Sean Henderson hold their four-month-old son Sean before the NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade

Winnipeg Jets fans Lindsey Fisher (L) and Sean Henderson hold their four-month-old son Sean before the NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade

Winnipeg Jets fans Lindsey Fisher (L) and Sean Henderson hold their four-month-old son Sean before the NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Winnipeg January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade
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