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by Paul on 02/20/13 at 10:41 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So this is what the NHL has as a matter of entertainment, after at least three times within a week codifying as legal checks, on which the attacking player finishes off his opponent with a forearm or elbow that drives his prey into the glass or boards.
The NHL has a quagmire like last night’s aesthetically displeasing match at the Garden, in which the Canadiens registered a 3-1 victory over a Rangers team that was comatose without Rick Nash, sidelined with what are believed the after-effects of taking such a blow from Milan Lucic in Boston a week ago last night.
The Rangers aren’t saying anything about the condition of Nash, who played two days after taking the unpenalized hit and then again three days after that despite a couple of days that we know of, when he wasn’t feeling well. No one is saying whether No. 61 is suffering post-concussion symptoms. Perhaps more to the point, no one is saying he isn’t.
A blow to the head cleverly and maliciously disguised as finishing a check, and a wink and nod from the league. On Saturday night, the Flyers’ Braden Schenn concussed Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher on a similar check that went unpenalized. Monday night, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban took a circle route to deliver the same kind of blow against the Hurricanes' Alexander Semin.
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