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by IwoCPO on 05/16/07 at 05:21 PM ET
Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger has been suspended for one game by the National Hockey League. Pronger received the suspension after Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom was drilled into the boards Tuesday night in the Red Wings' 5-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Holmstrom was cut after getting hit into the glass by Pronger and Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer on the play in question.
Scott Niedermayer was interviewed by media this afternoon. Here is a partial transcript, dealing specifically with the hit. As you can tell, this was before the suspension to Pronger became official.
Q. The league is reviewing the hit on Holmstrom. What happens if you have to play Game 4 without Chris?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Then we go out there with the 20 guys that are dressed, go out and play as a team, play as well as we can. Is there any other choice (laughter)? You know, he didn’t get a penalty, so…
Q. They’re allowed to.
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: They’re allowed to do that?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Okay. The ref didn’t see it that way, I guess.
Q. Scott, I don’t know if you’ve seen the replay of the hit since last night. If you have, what are your impressions of the hit having seen it afterwards maybe?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: It’s hard to know really what’s going on.
Q. I’m not sure I understand.
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: I mean, my brother got the penalty. They’re talking to Chris now. Anybody else they want to bring in? Maybe they should talk to Holmstrom, as well. You know, I don’t know. I don’t know what they’re doing.
Q. What do you think they should talk to Holmstrom about?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: I don’t know. I’m just trying to figure out what they’re looking at. The call last night was five minutes to Rob Niedermayer. Today they’re talking to Chris. Does that make sense to anybody?
Q. Brother was in the clear, legal hit. They called it on the wrong guy.
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