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by Paul on 01/25/12 at 11:32 PM ET
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Now people are blaming Ottawa’s coach, Paul MacLean, for all of this. Guilty as charged. At least he’s guilty of being a first-year coach. Of being a passionate, honest, straight-shooting communicator — the qualities that will find him plenty of success at this level. And apparently, he’s also guilty of breaking some bizarre code that says what goes on on the ice, stays on the ice.
But it’s a good thing this past week wasn’t a HBO 24/7 special somehow featuring Ottawa’s Senators and co-starring the NHL’s referees. Then the whole world could see how O’Rourke’s remark to MacLean started a chain reaction that played a huge role in Ottawa’s Senators crashing back to the treeline with two more consecutive losses.
Slash or no slash?
You’re fooling yourself if you believe O’Rourke being revealed for calling Ottawa’s best, brightest young star, defenceman Erik Karlsson, had nothing to do with O’Rourke’s partner the very next game, Tim Peel, keeping his whistle in his pocket while Karlsson almost slid into him after he was obviously tripped, and leaving it there while Ottawa’s defenceman Chris Phillips had his stick chopped in half out of his hands as he helped kill a penalty. Can’t remember if the two minutes were those Peel gave Ottawa’s defenceman Mark Borowiecki for barely shoving a Los Angeles Kings player soon thereafter,
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