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by Paul on 09/28/11 at 11:54 PM ET
added 12:07am 9/29/11, via Adam L. Jahns of Inside The Blackhawks,
Coach Joel Quenneville: “Both referees said that’s a classic example of what we’re talking about, that’s the illegal hit. It was pretty black and white. I’m not happy about it. [Ben Smith is] better, we’ll see how he is tomorrow. The severity of these suspensions have been very big. It’s going to get [the players’] attention, and I’m sure players will learn.”
Detroit coach Mike Babcock: “The interesting thing about the league now - and I don’t doubt that [Brendan Smith’s] shoulder hit [Ben Smith’s] head - is there any responsibility on the puck carrier, toe-dragging, sliding sideways, to look after himself? Doesn’t appear like there is anymore, is there? You come across the middle, toe-dragging like this, and you get dinged. And I’m not saying that our guy isn’t guilty, his shoulder hit his head, you better not put yourself in those situations I would say. There will be a video report about it tomorrow, I’m sure.”
According to the box score, Brendan Smith received 10 and a match penalty.
added 11:02pm, Instant Twitter analysis below…
via Bob McKenzie,
Brendan Smith is lining up Ben Smith for hit, as he should in that situation. Commits to hit, Ben Smith drags to inside at last second. BOOM
Result is head shot. Intentional? Does it matter? What was Brendan Smith supposed to do? Honestly, I don’t know. Over to @NHLShanahan.
via Tim Sassone,
Shanahan can suspend Smith and others, but it’s the dumb-ass players like Smith who aren’t learning anything.
via Chris Kuc,
The hit Red Wing’s Brandan Smith drilled #Blackhawks’ Ben Smith with is exactly what the NHL is trying to eliminate.
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