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Hartnell Discusses Stick Swinging Incident

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Last night at the St. Pete Times Forum, Scott Hartnell was at the center of one of the most bizarre fights you will see in today’s NHL.

The way Hartnell and Lightning forward Ryan Malone were swinging their sticks at each other, you would have thought one was Dr. Hook from “Slap Shot” and the other was jousting like Racki from the Thunder Bay Bombers in “Youngblood.” It was old fashioned, quick-moving, and puzzling, all at the same time.

The end result was a 10-minute misconduct for each player, with possible supplementary discipline to come today.

It all started during a television timeout with 7:28 to play in the second period. As Hartnell describes it, he was standing at the face-off circle waiting for play to resume when the melee started.

“I was there at the TV timeout, on the left wing, and I was right in front of the bench. Their coach [Guy Boucher] looked up and started yapping at me,” Hartnell told the Daily News. “I was just sitting there, not doing anything. Then, two guys started slashing me from the bench. I just kind of pushed their sticks out of the way. I ended up getting 10 minutes for really nothing. I’ve never seen a coach start yelling at an opposing player from the bench for just standing there.”

Hartnell said he didn’t know what Boucher was saying because he could not understand him.”

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Hartnell said he didn’t know what Boucher was saying because he could not understand him.

That’s because Boucher was saying, “My team is 5-1-1 against your clueless coach.” But since Boucher does not speak the language of grunts and moans quite like Hartnell, Hartnell understandably didn’t get the message.

Save the drama for HBO while someone else wins the Cup, buffoons.

Posted by tj77 from USA on 12/28/11 at 03:43 PM ET

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