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Report- Why No Suspension For Kris Letang’s Stick Incident

via Matt Larkin tweets,

Per a source close to the DOPS, perception was Kris Letang slash was more accidental, that stanchion made stick twist.

Right hand did not aim, and stick caught Stalberg with shaft, not blade, which suggests not aimed/intentional. Hence no suspension.

You can watch the swing below if you wish.

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

So an player is NOT responsible for their stick?

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/20/16 at 12:52 PM ET

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stick caught Stalberg with shaft, not blade, which suggests not aimed/intentional.

That’s the stupidest, biggest pile of BS explanation I’ve ever read.  It’s only intentional if he hits the guy with his stick blade?

I guess this means crosschecks are all unintentional.

Complete BS.

Posted by Garth on 04/20/16 at 01:00 PM ET

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New York Post,

Yet the explanation the Rangers got from the league on why it doesn’t merit a suspension was that their own Dominic Moore hit Letang on the forecheck, causing Letang’s stick to go up and hit Stalberg in the face. Stalberg lost three teeth — real ones, not fakes — and was cut on his chin. There was no worry of a concussion, and he played the rest of the period.

“We might feel that it seems deliberate,” coach Alain Vigneault said Wednesday after his team’s optional practice at the Garden. “The NHL doesn’t see it that way, and the referees on the ice at the time didn’t see it that way. We just have to deal with it and focus on the next game.”

more on the series…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/20/16 at 01:09 PM ET

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Dominic Moore hit Letang on the forecheck

Wow.

Just wow.

Bullshit.

Posted by Garth on 04/20/16 at 01:19 PM ET

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Josh Yohe tweet,

Letang says slash was accidental and he apologized to Stalberg immediately afterward. Said stick was lifted right before incident.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/20/16 at 01:25 PM ET

Primis's avatar

So an player is NOT responsible for their stick?

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/20/16 at 01:52 PM ET

Exactly.

Except when they are.

The NHL, everyone!

Posted by Primis on 04/20/16 at 02:25 PM ET

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Wow. They need to stop hiring blind people to look at these videos for review. Obviously he hit him on his own accord. If he weren’t on my playoff fantasy team, I would say suspend him.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/20/16 at 03:23 PM ET

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He is from Pittsburgh, what do you expect? angry

Posted by bigfrog on 04/20/16 at 09:54 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Right hand did not aim

Except, you know, when it actually did aim.  Letang looked right at him and thrust his stick right into his face.

Such Bull.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/21/16 at 07:06 AM ET

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