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It Is Going To Get Nasty

from George Johnson, special to ESPN,
Just when you're ready to call it a series, suddenly we have an honest-to-goodness battle on our hands. Sharks coach Ron Wilson is complaining that Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson's melodramatics are influencing the referees. His counterpart, Craig MacTavish, thought big Georges Laraque's major boarding penalty came more out of reputation than delivery. The bile is beginning to build. ...Wilson thinks the canonization of Smyth might be overstating the matter a tad. "Look, I have a lot of respect for Ryan Smyth, but I don't know of one player in this league who wouldn't have come back after getting cut. What about Jonathan Cheechoo, getting his head rammed into the glass" -- by 250-pound Laraque -- "being hurt and dazed and still playing the rest of a three-overtime game? We had three guys, Cheech, Joe Thornton and Scotty Hannan, lose teeth in one game!

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