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Kostopoulos suspended 3 games for hit on Van Ryn
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11-10-2008, 06:33 PM
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Ill ask it again, people are saying Sauer hits was clean because Andrei had his head down, so that makes it LEGAL, it was Andrei's fault. Van Ryn put himself in a dangerous situation and all Kostopoulos did was to finish his hit, not thinking that Van Ryn would put himself in that position. If Van Ryn went to take that puck with an angle, which is what a defensemen does 99% of the time, the play would be like a normal play, Kosto will hit him on the board without any consequences and play continues.
It was andrei's fault because he had his head down but it wasnt Van Ryn's fault by putting himself in a vulnerable position... whats the logic?
That players were being hit from behind in a vulnerable position and getting hurt is why the rule was implemented in the first place. Because of that rule Van Ryn sees that the only way he can get hit is from behind so he looks down to get the puck. Kostopolous hits him between the 2 and the 6 into the boards and gets a penalty for boarding causing an injury.
It's all pretty basic stuff.
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