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04-06-2004, 06:42 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
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This is a problem... It's intentions and not result that should count...
I imagine if McLaren was Boullion's height and size Zednik wouldn't be hurt that much....and it would'nt be such a big deal.
Intention is an interesting topic in hockey. Split second decisions are considered intention. Perreault turns in neutral zone sees flash of gold and black and brings the stick up. Thornton races in on forecheck, sees red sweater turning on the boards and boom. Mclaren has Zednik lined up, Zed shifts, Mclaren swings out arm.
None of the above left the bench with the intention of mayhem. The line is really fine, some players just cross it more than others. When the same players are always involved, ie Samuellson,Marchment, Suter, you can draw a conclusion. I've always thought Guerin was a guy who crossed the line regularly. Chelios when in Mtl., had no line, how he escaped more suspensions I'll never know. Nobody likes to see their players go down. OTOH, no one likes to see their player ejected and the 'injured' player returning to the ice next shift.
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