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“I mean it’s a bad hit, right? That’s what they’re trying to get rid of and you can’t be hypocritical about it when it happens to you, and say it’s fine when your teammate does it. It’s a hit they’re trying to get rid of. I mean you hear it from every player after they do it, they feel bad, and same thing, I talked to Danny and he feels bad. It’s tough, that backchecking forward, to make those kind of hits, it’s so hard to do it in a clean fashion, with the new rules. It is what it is. He hurt the guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a conversation.”

-Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins talking about the Paille hit (watch it).  Quote via Andrew’s Stars Page at ESPN Dallas.

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MarkK's avatar

Bad hit, and tons of respect for Ference for being honest.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 02/04/11 at 11:51 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I agree, nice to see someone willing to just admit the truth and not try to spin it…

Posted by Primis on 02/04/11 at 12:37 PM ET

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Yes, very nice to hear that. The hockey pundits are going to have a lot of fodder now, when Erik Christensen said “Avery sucker-punched him” earlier in the season, half of those on TV said “Great,” the other half said “You don’t do that to a teammate in the media.”

People make mistakes, you don’t hate a person or think he’s a bad teammate because you admit the guy made a bad play.

”...it’s so hard to do it in a clean fashion…”
I think if Paille obviously didn’t explode through the hit and jump like he did, if he would’ve crouched down and let Sawada skate into him shoulder to shoulder, it would’ve been fine.

My brother thinks it would still be a blindside, to that I say give me a break.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/04/11 at 01:17 PM ET

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@NathanBC

I think if Paille obviously didn’t explode through the hit and jump like he did, if he would’ve crouched down and let Sawada skate into him shoulder to shoulder, it would’ve been fine.

This comment highlights exactly what I don’t get about all of the head hunting.  That hit would have been equally effective (without the head trauma) if Paille had thrown a hip check or gone shoulder to shoulder.  Why do guys all of the sudden need to follow through with their elbow to the jaw?

These are professional athletes.  They use their physical talents for a living because they are considered to have the best control of their bodies under with the context of certain skill sets.  Why then does the league insist on doling out punishment only on the basis of severity?  Most if not all of these high hits are either on purpose or careless.  Punish the players regardless when it happens.  Then watch as we stop having this discussion.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/04/11 at 03:16 PM ET

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Ference has always been a stand up guy. Kudos to him for stating the truth about the hit.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 02/05/11 at 04:26 AM ET

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