Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 03/18/08 at 06:49 AM ET
The Vancouver Canucks big win over the Phoenix Coyotes Monday night was a costly one. The Canucks lost winger Mason Raymond mid-way through the third, when he was hit knee-on-knee by Coyotes defenceman Keith Ballard. Early reports have Raymond out of action for four weeks with an MCL sprain.
There was no penalty called on the play, but Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault thinks the league should look into what he called ‘a dirty play’.
Was it a dirty play? That wasn’t my impression. Ballard was just moving fast and missed his target. While the results are terrible—and it probably should have drawn a penalty—it didn’t appear to be purposeful, just a case of bad timing when trying to connect an awkward hit.
Video is below.
Incidentally, Kirk McLean’s comment on the tape, bringing up Chris Pronger… to be honest, I don’t even know what he’s talking about there. But if it was to compare this situation and that one in any way whatsoever, I’ll have to completely disagree.
That’s apples & oranges.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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