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The NHL has come down on the Ducks’ Chris Pronger for the second time in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The league has suspended Pronger for one game for a shot to the head Ottawa Senators’ Dean McAmmond during Game 3 on Saturday.
Pronger had a hearing with the NHL’s director of hockey operations Colin Campbell on Sunday.
“A variety of factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “Mr. Pronger used his forearm to deliver a forceful hit to the head of his opponent. Also, his actions caused injury to his opponent.”
added 2:58pm, The Ottawa Senators P.R. department put together some quotes from those involved on the Sens side…
from The Maven,
Best of all, instead of beefing as his counterpart, Bryan Murray, certainly would have, Carlyle refused to whine about the result or the zebras’ collective astigmatism….
Legal or not, the goal should not detract from the Senators comeback from the Land of Chokes.
They could have—should have—won Games One and Two but failed because of lethargy and lousy goaltending.
Ray Emery’s ineptitude could have killed them again in Game Three but…
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
If they don’t learn their lesson now, if the Ducks don’t take to heart their admission that they take too many needless penalties, they will look back in anger in a week or two from now as the Senators hoist the Stanley Cup.
It may be too late because Chris Pronger again blurred the line between aggression and stupidity when he dealt a vicious elbow to the head of Ottawa forward Dean McAmmond two minutes and three seconds into the third period, creating the possibility that he will be suspended for Game 4 on Monday….
The NHL takes a dim view on hits to the head, as evidenced by its decision to suspend Pronger for a game after the hit on Holmstrom. Pronger had tried to explain it as the inevitable consequence of a 6-foot-6 player hitting a 6-foot-1 opponent, but the league didn’t buy it.
Asked if he was concerned about facing disciplinary action again, Pronger became tight-lipped. “I don’t know,” he said.
more (reg. req.)
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
After all, when the all-star Ducks defenceman was suspended for his blindside head shot on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom in the Western Conference final, he blamed the Canadian media for being banished from the series for a game.
Today, you have to figure Pronger’s conspiracy antennae will be on amber alert, given that he’ll be waking up this morning in the nation’s capital after his cheap shot elbow knocked out Dean McAmmond of the Senators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last night.
Good luck generating any sympathy this time.
Geez, he might even have to blame himself if, as is certainly possible, he gets suspended again and in so doing really helps the Senators get back into the best-of-seven series.
If you missed the hit on McAmmond….
Q. Randy, your view on the Alfredsson goal?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, obviously the league felt it wasn’t kicked in, simple as that. Sometimes those things go for you. Tonight it went against us. Obviously, we felt that there was a kicking motion from our point of view but I haven’t really reviewed the replay from a bunch of different angles. But that’s the way it is. They make the call and you have to live with it.
Q. Can you talk about what you felt the Senators did that maybe caused you guys some more trouble -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: They outworked us, simple as that.
from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
But O’Halloran was overruled by NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, who looked at the replays and ruled there was no distinct kicking motion.
“And that’s the whole key here,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “The key is Alfredsson directed the puck in, but there was no distinct kicking motion. The puck hits his skate and it goes toward the net, then there is movement of the foot.”
more on the game…
Game 4 on Monday is going to be great. Ducks want a victory to clinch at home and Sens want to even it up, 2-2.
Watch the post game interviews…
One question, anyone miss the railcam?
Elbow to the chin…
Ducks caught a man short on a face-off in their own end, and they pay for it with an Ottawa goal.
Q. Randy, any update on Chris Kunitz and his ability for tonight or beyond?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Earth-breaking news, gentlemen. All of our players are available for tonight. So read into it. All our players are available for tonight (smiling).
Q. To become more clear, then -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: All our players are available tonight.
Q. Will Chris Kunitz be in the lineup this evening?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: We’ll have to make a coach’s decision on whether Chris Kunitz will play. He’s been cleared by the doctors. All our players are available to play.
Q. Just want to clear that up -
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: All our players are available to play.
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