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by Paul on 05/16/07 at 09:21 AM ET
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
To suspend or not to suspend.
If Pronger is suspended, for no more than one game, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The score of the game and the fact it was an elbow from behind doing some damage to Holmstrom’s head and that it was also perceived as payback for earlier events will work against Pronger and the Ducks.
If Pronger isn’t suspended, well, that won’t be a huge shock either. Holmstrom apparently did not suffer serious injury on the play, it’s the Western Conference final and there have been hits like this one that have in the past gone unpunished.
The big thing, though, is that the Niedermayer-Pronger-Holmstrom convergence partially obscures the real story here – Detroit totally handing Anaheim its lunch on Duck ice in what should have been a statement game for the Ducks.
added 8:06am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The Red Wings’ 5-0 statement victory over the Anaheim Ducks last night ended in a blowout, with a blow-up that will carry over with much conversation and consternation today.
Almost certainly and with reason, the Red Wings loudly will argue that Anaheim star defenceman Chris Pronger should be suspended for his second-period hit on Holmstrom in Game 3 of the best-of-seven final.
And the truth is, they have a helluva case. Whether the National Hockey League and its on-site advisors see it that way is another matter entirely.
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