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by Paul on 01/19/11 at 12:19 PM ET
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
I just got off the phone with Scott Nichol. And while the keyboard is crying out for mercy, I’m pounding away once again.
Nichol said he was caught off guard by the fact he was suspended for that many games. Four games for a play that the ref was looking at and chose not to penalize? Didn’t see it coming.
“The ref was directly across from the hit. I hit him (Schlemko), we got up and we both skated to the bench,” Nichol said. “There was no call and I didn’t think anything of it until I talked to Doug.”
It was Doug Wilson who let Nichol know there would be a hearing…
As far as the play, Nichol has reviewed the video, just like everybody else involved, and acknowledges that his gloved hand — but not his elbow — made contact with Coyote defenseman David Schlemko’s head. Despite the initial coverage of the suspension, which referred to an “elbow to the head,” the official NHL release calls it a “blow to the head,” so that discrepancy doesn’t appear to be much of an issue at this point.
For anyone who thinks four games is too long for that hit, it may be tempting to say it was a reputation call because Nichol had been suspended five times previously.
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