Gameday: Oilers @ Wild, 01/02/04
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01-03-2004, 03:50 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
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Although I hated to see Henry bite the boards that hard, I don't have much of a problem with the hit. What made it so bad was that he was starting to twist to his right to play the puck just at the instant Hemsky gave him the shove. If he hadn't made that split-second move to turn back toward the puck, he wouldn't have lost his balance like that. And by the same token, I'm sure that if Hemsky had known he was about to twist like that, he never would have given him the shove.
On the one hand, it's just part of the game. But it should still have been a penalty. Even if it was just a small shove, there's a reason you're not supposed to do stuff like that so close to the boards, and what happened to Henry is a perfect example of what that reason is.
Fair enough, I agree. You've got to play with respect for the other guys.
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