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01-29-2013, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by blinkman360 View Post
It was borderline interference. Tavares was trying to follow the puck behind the net and instead of playing the puck Burmistrov dropped a shoulder into his chest. Considering JT's only fight has been with Burmistrov, it's pretty clear the guy went out of his way to lay Johnny out. 99% of the time the player will attempt to move the puck there. Unfortunately for Johnny the 1% will be a guy who would rather lay you out then make a play(which ironically enough they scored, mainly because Hamonic decided to go after him instead of defending the net).
Wow, I didn't even realize that Burmistrov was the only fight Tavares had. That also explains why it looked like he didn't even see the hit coming. It's easy to say that Tavares should be more aware knowing that he will be the main target of hits like that, but like you said 99 out of a 100 times the puck will be played in that situation.

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