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by Paul on 09/26/11 at 09:47 AM ET
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Wisniewski, who declined to comment yesterday, has arguments in his favor and arguments working against him.
The Blue Jackets continue to stress — and they will make this point to Shanahan today — that Wisniewski was defending himself when he and Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck clashed just after the final horn.
The fracas started with less than a minute to go, when Clutterbuck took a run at Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin. The hit sparked the ire of Wisniewski, who approached Clutterbuck moments later but couldn’t provoke him into a fight.
When the final buzzer sounded, Clutterbuck circled around and skated in Wisniewski’s direction. When they met, Wisniewski blasted Clutterbuck with his elbow and shoulder, sending him to the ice.
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