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11-12-2013, 01:43 PM
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This is all a bit crazy. Way too much being made of it. Upshall and Stepan were sticking each other from the boards opposite the benches all the way to the RANGER bench. Stepan wasn't looking to get involved he was looking to change and if Upshall had wanted to go to his own bench he would have. Kreider was heading off and took the opportunity to shove Upshall, who was kind of blocking the door to the Rangers bench, away from Stepan. You can throw all of the "woulda coulda"s out there that you want, but bottom line is Kreider sent a little message and the Rangers killed the penalty. End of Story. Was it CLEAN? No. What penalty is? But it wasn't exactly a dirty play either, from the front NOT the back, a shove NOT a stick, the chest, NOT the head, gliding NOT skating into him. What the hell would you prefer? Strong language? And who cares if Kreider can't fight? Boyle is AWFUL at it and HE avoids getting killed. I'd say Kreider is big and strong enough to hang on and neutralize most HWs out there if he has to, never mind Tyutin or Upshall.

In light of how it played out I'm happy he took the shot. It's hockey and no one got hurt. Except some feelings on HF it seems.

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