Downey taken to hospital
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10-18-2006, 11:44 AM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Best wishes to Downey. Seems like a class act. Always gives 100% and sticks up for his teammates.
We'll miss him for sure.
As for the interference: Downey had gotten rid of the puck a second earlier. Regehr finished his check, perhaps a little late, but definitely not a clear cut interference call.
For the charging: Regehr didn't jump or take 15 strides to get to Downey. He was moving laterally and checked him with his skates still on the ground.
For the elbow: There was no elbow there. You can clearly see that.
For the shoulder to head: Like McPhee said, it was more a matter of Downey being shorter and slightly bent over that made the shoulder hit the chin. I do think that they should be trying to crack down on shoulder to head hits, but in this case, I highly doubt the hit to the head was intentional, and I don't blame the refs for not seeing that it was the head that was hit.
I agree that the refs were brutal last night, but I don't think that that play clearly deserved a penalty.
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