Okay I've watched it some times again to see if it was me who overreacted. I'm gonna have to stick with my initial opinion though - I think he crossed way over the line. But of course I have a bias and so do you and that's fine We don't always have to agree on everything. What's worrying me is not so much the hit though, it is more his overall attitude in the match. It was almost "russian" to me. Half of the game he played hockey and the other half he didn't do anything but argue with opponents and especially referees, doing cheap stuff and generally seemed like he was out of his mind. He let his teammates down on some occations, one time it resulted in a Danish goal when he stayed in the offensive zone to provoke a defender leaving his man wide open in the other end. I was looking for him in the third, but he was kept on the bench for a long time.
Of course he is young and will get smarter and he may have had a bad day - that's why I was asking about his usual behaviour since I was really surprised by it. I still have high hopes for him.
If you're suggesting we are biased for Da Costa, I wouldn't say so. He's barely an Ottawa Senator yet.
Biased towards North American style of play? Sure. All that happened there was a European group puck battle and one kid that's grown up being taught to deal with it physically did so and the puck holder wasn't prepared for it at all. Over here if your facing the wall with the puck, you expect to be engaged physically...although you can't actually skate towards the guy with force.
All the skill and talent notwithstanding, Subban is a punk, and always has been. He shows no respect to anybody. His own teammates had to deflate his head and give him a reality check. I remember near the end of the season nobody celebrated when Subban scored.
I don't want that on the Sens. I wasn't talking about Subban as a player, but rather as a person.
The KID he is "fighting" is actually the older brother of Phoenix Coyotes Mikkel Boedker. His name is Mads and he is just about 5'9"".
The player that Da Costa hit (Nichlas Hardt) actually plays a very N.A. kind a game (from a danish perspective).
He is 5'10" / 176lbs, and plays a very gritty game. As far as I remember he had the hit of the tournament back in 2009. A match between Norway and Denmark, and the guy he hits is 6'2" and 209lbs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfyf_...eature=related
Definitely thought that the French players stepped over the line on several occasions, when considering that it was a "friendly"-match.
However, in an live interview after the game the french Head-coach went mental because of the fact that some of the nastier stuff was being replayed, while being broadcasted live on French television. Afraid of the fact that their style of play might be viewed upon badly in the public eye. Which only strengthens the rumor that the french was sending a message to the danes before a more than likely matchup in the relegation rounds.
Im sure Da Costa was just answering the coaches call...