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09-13-2008, 02:09 AM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Hendersonville, TN
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Radulov knocked out a teammate during the most important time of the year
You can't still hold that against Radulov. He was caught up in the celebration and it's not like he meant to do it. It was unfortunate that it happened but it could have happened to anyone. If it was Weber that knocked Arnott out people would say it was an accident but with Radulov he's somehow the villian. These things happen, players get hit with slapshots by their teammates and miss time, or have a mid-ice collision and one gets knocked out for a period of time. They don't have this held against them for the rest of their lives or career.
Losing Arnott was not the reason we lost the series to Detroit. It certainly didn't help our chances, but losing him was not why we lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions. Remember in the first 2 games, when Arnott was healthy, he didn't even register a shot, maybe he had one, and Tootoo was our leading goal scorer (I think he was tied with Radulov actually). In game 5 we allowed 50+ shots and only scored one goal and then in game 6 we scored 0 so that kind of had a little to do with losing. And it wasn't Radulov's fault that in game 5 we had Bonk, Smithson, Fiddler as our top centers. And then in gm6 added Nichol, whose thumb was being held together with screws.
Now I'm not saying that Radulov is some saint or anything, just that it's not like we would have won the Cup with Arnott in the lineup.
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