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Toronto Players Upset With Punch On Kulemin

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

While Leafs coach Ron Wilson called the altercation a fight, some of Kulemin’s teammates didn’t see the match-up between one player who had never fought before and another with 33 NHL fighting majors as being all that clear cut.

“I was disgusted with that,” Kulemin’s linemate Clarke MacArthur said. “There’s certain match-ups on the ice and I don’t care what [Gleason] says, you know when you’re in the right match-up. A guy like Kulemin’s never been a guy to fight and Gleason does it a lot. He knows better than that.”...

“I thought it was a pretty cheap shot on Kulie there,” defenceman Tomas Kaberle said. “Obviously [Gleason] got his penalties and a game misconduct, but ... It’s tough when you don’t expect it. There was a scrum going on beside him and he didn’t expect the guy to punch him. That’s the way it goes sometimes. We haven’t seen a replay very well so it’s something we’ll look at afterwards.”

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  Tags: nikolai+kulemin, tim+gleason

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Nothing against Kulemin, but he ought to think twice about his dancing partners in the future.  I don’t want to say he was asking for it…but he was asking for it.

Posted by EJ Agricola on 01/25/11 at 10:47 AM ET

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If you’re gonna get in a guy’s face and not step down then you can’t cry about getting PUT down.

Sorry, them’s the breaks.  Nobody forced “Kulie” into it.

Posted by Garth on 01/25/11 at 11:12 AM ET

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Looked like a fight to me (at least until one punch connected). Lesson learned - some players should not be fighting.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/25/11 at 01:47 PM ET

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some players should not be fighting.

Hey Nik, when people say you should aspire to be more like Pavel Datsyuk, this isn’t what they mean…

Posted by Garth on 01/25/11 at 02:11 PM ET

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Ahhh, Kulemin’s a plug. And, he still didn’t receive a fighting major. LMAO

Posted by Jesters Dead on 01/26/11 at 02:37 AM ET

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