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02-28-2013, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by jaster View Post
Only thing I can think is that Cleary truly believed it was a stick or elbow that got him, and not his visor. He looked genuinely pissed, though maybe he was just that frustrated that he thought he could guilt the ref. Either way, it looks bad. He either has poor SA or is just whining.

Playing the game as long as I have, I'm convinced it was an outright cheapshot, with Penner possibly even knowing about Smith's shoulder. Penner knew where he was on the ice, knew where Smith was, and there was no traffic. Penner may not be the brightest, but I doubt he's stupid enough for that to be an accident.
I won't say that with certainty, but I can see it. Penner sold it well if it was intentional.
Early in the third Smith came over the head with a two-handed slash on the stick and pissed somebody off. Later that shift, someone took a run at Smith

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