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11-23-2005, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ClarkeMustGoDotCom
well if your going to suspend Fedoruk you have to spend Gauthier IMO. both were high hits. granted Fedoruk did leave his feet, but if Fedoruk felt his teammates were being run than he did what he had to do. I feel bad for Nedved, but unfortunatly someone was going to pay for Lupul being run by Gauthier. Did anyone actually expect Fedoruk to go after a 4th liner?
But i do agree with you, it may not be the most popular decision but Fedoruk laying a hit like that after he felt his temmmates were being run sends a message.

Hard to say if Gauthier should be suspended. Fedoruk's hit was clearly premeditated and had malicious intent; and he certainly doesn't deny that by his comments to the press. On the other hand, Gauthier's hit(s) were not in retaliation and did not have the intent to injure (im speculating). 'High' hits occur more often than not during any given game; I know Avery's got a couple this season, but the intent to seriously injure was not apparent as it was with Fedoruk.

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