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03-09-2011, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Lucius View Post
That defense is just ridiculous.

If a check from behind happens at mid ice, it's a collision or a good defensive play, if it happens 3 feet from the boards, it's possible paralysis.

This is absolutely no different.
Yes it is different.

Players cannot be expected to know the exact amount of distance they are with regards to the turnbuckle or the boards. But there is a huge difference between mid-ice and near the boards.

The real comparaison is this one:

If a check happens 2 feet from the boards its a potential dirty hit. If it happens 1 foot from the boards, its just a regular good play.

When Jones hit Bergeron and almost paralysed him, it was almost an identical hit than every other hit in the game, except Bergeron was 18" from the boards, not 8" from the boards. Jones wasn't criminally responisble. He was just slighly reckless.

2 game suspension.

I expect nothing more than 5 games here.

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