Marty St. Louis Gets high sticked...
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04-14-2011, 12:31 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Accidents happen, people, jeez. You are responsible for your stick, yes, but there are extents to your liability. Michalek, wall falling, swung his stick at shin level. That's not irresponsible. Was it unfortunate that St-Louis happened to have his face right at that level? Yes. Doesn't mean it's penalty-worthy.
If somebody is in a vulnerable position and you intentionally take advantage of that - penalty (see the new headshot rule).
If somebody is in a vulnerable position and incidental contact results in an injury - tough luck.
If St-Louis were standing upright, Michalek's swing would neither be a high-stick or a slash. It shouldn't suddenly become a double-minor or major just because St-Louis fell.
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