It wasn't a cross-check, imho. Cheechoo and Zuccarello were racing for the puck, Zuccarello to try to negate an icing, and Zuccarello just gave him a little shove. But it was enough to knock Cheechoo off balance and send flying into the end boards at high speed. Zuccarello got two minutes for boarding on the play. If Cheechoo hadn't been hurt I'm not sure Zuccarello would have been suspended.
Edit: Just watched it again, and Zuccarello wasn't trying to negate an icing -- it was at the opposite end of the ice. He was racing back on the backcheck to prevent Cheechoo from getting a scoring chance.
Manchester win the shootout, win the game 5-4 after the Whale led 4-0. Talbot couldn't stop a beach ball... I hope those bums have a very long bus ride home, so they can thing about the piss poor effort after taking a 4-0 lead... Letdown of the year.
EDIT: Take it easy on me, I stayed up till 3:40 a.m. to watch this... hence, grumpy after this game...
Dale Weise got the Whale on the board first, scoring on a power play off assists from Wade Redden and goalie Cam Talbot at 3:24 of the opening period. Chad Kolarik stretched the lead to 2-0 just 24 seconds later with an even-strength goal, assisted by Ryan McDonagh and Tim Kennedy. Connecticut pushed its lead to 3-0 at 15:43 of the first on a goal by Devin DiDiomete from Ryan Garlock and Tomas Kundratek. Midway through the second period, the Whale had a 4-0 lead, thanks to a goal by Jeremy Williams, assisted by Kris Newbury and Kundratek, at 8:50 of the midle period. Atlantic Division-leading Manchester, however, would score the game's final four goals, forcing overtime and a shootout, where the Monarchs outscored the Whale 3-1 for the win, with Williams scoring Connecticut's lone shootout goal. The Monarchs outshot the Whale 32-22, as Talbot finished with 28 saves. Kundratek was named the game's No. 3 star.
Zuccarello scoreless, breaks his 5 game scoring streak.
Kolarik has been on fire it seems like. Kundratek might find his way on the roster. Has Rozy replacement written all over it.
Are you watching life video feeds of the games? Can you elaborate on your comment? What's he doing that's making him stand out in a positive light?
I didn;t watch this game but this is consistent with what's being seen and said all season with kundratek. He's had a good year, hope he continues to grow. Sucks that it seems McD is a lot less ready than most thought he'd be. Even if he;s not horrible he;s never doing anything to stand out either. Hope he gets better during the year
I also wouldn't mind hearign some things he did specifically.