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03-10-2011, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
He has absolutely no contact to the head of Pacioretty. If you don't know what contact to the head while driving your opponent into the boards is, you should watch Suttons nasty hit on Tucker or Sundin on Bourque.
Did he elbow him to the head? No he didn't. Did he use his hand/forearm to ride his shoulder/neck/head into the stanchion? Absolutely

Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
Powe has his back turned for a good few seconds there. It's pretty standard that no one should level you from behind in that case. So I don't know how you get that to "Powe needs to be smarter".
Nobody should ever hit you from behind. Nobody should ever high stick you or elbow you to the head either, but it happens.

Players need to protect themselves at all times. Too many players now set up like Powe did, because they know that you shouldn't get hit from behind and it gives the defender no real options. If he hits you from behind it's a penalty, if he grabs you it's a penalty, if he puts his stick between your legs to try and play the puck it will likely be a penalty.

Players need to take some responsibility of their own as well. Turning your back to the play is the same thing as skating with your head down, admiring your pass etc. A player should NEVER, EVER leave himself in that vulnerable of a position.

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