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Senators Fail To Send A Message

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

I’m not at the rink today – nor was I with Senators on their weekend road trip – but something has been bugging me ever since I saw on TV Kevin Westgarth ram Mark Borowiecki’s head into the boards from behind Sunday in Raleigh.

That something, of course, is the fact nobody went after Westgarth.

I know he’s a mountain of a man at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. I know he is also one of the toughest guys in the league. And I know that the softer Senators were on the ice at the time of the incident.

But seriously, somebody should have done something. Fight him, stick him, grab him … anything. If not at the time, then at least later in the game. And if not to Westgarth, then to one of the Hurricanes’ smaller, more skilled players.

I have a problem with guys – Borowiecki being a prime example – having to fight when they deliver a clean, hard, open ice hit. But intentional or not, that was a dirty play. Is there another team in the league that would have watched one of its own get injured like that without retaliating at some point, in some form? I don’t think so.

Instead, the Senators sent a message to every other player in the NHL – it’s okay to take liberties against them. You may or may not have to answer the bell.

continued

Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier and Westgarth does have a meeting today with the NHL Safety department.

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gowings's avatar

“Instead, the Senators sent a message to every other player in the NHL – it’s okay to take liberties against them. You may or may not have to answer the bell.”

we have the same problem…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 11/26/13 at 02:00 PM ET

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No one would fight him because they would get their @ss kicked. Neil would rather fight a bum-shouldered brendan smith than someone who could actually put up a fight.

And really, the sen’s should have gone after the smaller skilled players… what a joke. talk about perpetuating everything that is wrong with the game.

Posted by callmedrw on 11/26/13 at 02:17 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Like Cowen’s shot to Datsyuk’s jaw, you POS Brennan???

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 11/26/13 at 02:41 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Brennan is a Clown who was going to go after him ? Neil? he is a Pussy who won’t even dance with Deryk Engelland of the Pens

Posted by Evilpens on 11/26/13 at 03:28 PM ET

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No one would fight him because they would get their @ss kicked. Neil would rather fight a bum-shouldered brendan smith than someone who could actually put up a fight.

Neil has fought Chara more than once, Lucic more than once, Colton Orr, etc. I don’t think he’s scared to fight anyone.

Posted by Chris M on 11/26/13 at 04:03 PM ET

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