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01-22-2014, 10:05 AM
Giroux tha Damaja
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Originally Posted by FlyRoutine View Post
It doesnt matter if he have been a dirty player in the past or not.
Clutterbuck is a pro and should know, that he risked an injury on that play on one of our team leading scorers.
Ah, shenanigans. He was doing his job. "Being a pro" is letting up on hit that can cause a guy serious injury after the pucks already gone. That's the sort of discretion that comes with professionalism. Refusing to take a reaching, one handed swipe at a guys stick while playing defense because there's an outside chance he could hurt his finger is goofy. If these guys are expected to be THAT actively protective of the opposition's health, then they might as well make it a ping pong league. This play and the missed call are not a big deal. Others like it happen all the time. The only thing noteworthy about this time is Jake's bad luck to get an injury.

Originally Posted by FlyRoutine View Post
You call that an intended sticklift? That was a clear one-handed slash to the wrist. Do you play hockey yourself? This isnt nowhere near, how to do a clean sticklift.
Watch the Gif again, Clutterbuck never had the chance to get the puck on that play without a foul.
Yes, I play hockey. I haven't in a little over a year now because I'm busy, but I played several nights a week for years. I'm hoping to get back into it this Fall.

I was recalling the play from memory, and I saw it in real time (without the benefit of a gif or a replay). Clearly that's not a stick lift, but in my original quote I said I remembered it looking like A stick lift or a short swat at Jake's stick. It doesn't look anything alike when you take a short swipe at someone's shaft* and when you try to lift their stick**. So it can be understood from my original quote that I was saying whatever the play was, I remembered it being something fairly innocuous looking (NOT that I remembered the exact play). I could've been clearer about that in my original quote though, for sure.

Now that isn't a short swat Clutterbuck took (clearly my memory failed me in that regard), but it also isn't a malicious, targeted two-hander either. Just look at that clumsy bull*** Clutterbuck did. It doesn't look like he was in enough control of his stick to be accused of targeting Jake's hands, even though that's what he hit.

I'm not defending it as a smart defensive play by Clutterbuck since it has a low percentage of working, and it's a roll of the dice on whether or not it gets called as a stick infraction even if it works out (I've seen that sort of reaching, one handed stick tap get called and get let go). However, to me him trying to make that play isn't indicative of some serious disregard for Jake's safety, let alone malicious intent. Going back to my original point, that's why I don't think there's any need for retribution on Clutterbuck.

* no homo
**still no homo

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