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Video- Good Or Bad Hit From Zolnierczyk?

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk was whistled for a 5-minute major “kneeing” penalty with under 30 seconds to play in Wednesday’s 4-1 shellacking after laying out Washington’s Mathieu Perreault in open ice. 

Oates’ star player, Alex Ovechkin, took exception to the hit and tangled with Zac Rinaldo.

“It was like, 30 seconds left, 4-1 lead,” Ovechkin said. “Why you have to kill the guy? It was dirty.”

Ovechkin’s coach didn’t feel the same way, more or less saying Ovechkin’s opinion perfectly describes his entire, unimpressive game on Wednesday.

“I don’t think it’s dirty at all,” Oates said. “I think it’s a product of our whole game. There is 30 seconds left, the game’s over, and ‘Matty’ thought he could stickhandle through the team. It’s not what we do, all of us. The atmosphere clearly dropped in the game, it was over and you think you can bang one through the entire team. You just can't. It'll never work that way.”

read on and watch the hit below...

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perfection's avatar

Kneeing??? Laughably horrible call!!

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/28/13 at 02:45 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

Good for Oates coming out and saying it wasn’t a penalty and that just because there’s 30 seconds left in the game doesn’t mean you can go coast to coast without getting hit.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 02/28/13 at 02:57 PM ET

Paul's avatar

The NHL has rescinded the kneeing major.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/28/13 at 05:21 PM ET

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