PO GDT Sharks vs Predators Game #3
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04-16-2007, 04:06 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Miami, FL
In addition to the Scuderi and Huskins hits, Richard park was 'almost' kneed pretty badly in the Islanders/Sabres series. I wanna say it was Briere who chucked his leg out there. Briere got mostly shin, but this was a very, very dangerous play that received only a 2 min. minor for tripping if I recall correctly. And Briere's little trip had Bryan Marchment written all over it. You can't make the same claim for Hartnell's hit.
The bottom line, like so much in the playoffs, falls on luck. Bernier and Cheechoo were injured. Park, Radulov, etc. were fine. If Cheechoo isn't injured and Bernier isn't off balance, then there might not be a single second of penalty time served. Just sort of the way it works. Sad that the NHL doles out punishment based almost entirely on the end result. But if it didn't, it wouldn't be the NHL as we know it. It'd be a far cleaner league.
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