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01-30-2013, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Strummergas View Post
McDonald has no prior disciplinary action taken against him in either the NHL or the AHL and thankfully Lovejoy wasn't injured. It was a careless play, but there's nothing to suggest there was any malice in the action. A suspension is overly harsh in this case. If he does it again, that's a different story.
In all fairness if he does something like this next year let's're going to hear the argument that he's never been suspended before for a dirty hit. And there is nothing to suggest that it wasn't malice though. We don't know what his intentions were-and for all we know it could have been a complete dumb mistake. But the fact is he made a stupid check (from behind), wasn't playing the puck, and put Lovejoy into a very dangerous situation. Make no mistake about it-Lovejoy could have easily gotten a concussion (or worse) form te hit. In short: we don't know Mac's intent-but if you look at the facts at what happened he endangered another player's career with an illegal hit. To me that deserves a suspension. Not a 5+ game or anything out of control like that-but a suspension nonetheless.

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