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by Paul on 12/22/11 at 03:12 PM ET
Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun discuss another controversial hit, a confounding move by a certain coach and the high-flyin’ Canucks.
Custance: The most intense game of the night came later between the Red Wings and Canucks, a matchup I’d love to see rekindled in the playoffs. Lots of debate about Niklas Kronwall’s hit on Ryan Kesler. Kronwall clearly left his feet, but it didn’t look like Kesler’s head was targeted. Maybe I’ve spent too much time in Detroit, but I didn’t have an issue with the hit, although Kronwall needs to stop leaping into guys. Kesler’s biggest issue was that Kronwall refused to drop the gloves after the hit, but that’s another debate altogether.
There was more than just one incident. Jimmy Howard went after Jannik Hansen after he felt he was interfered with. I know this is a touchy subject with Howard who doesn’t think he gets the same protection opposing goalies get against Tomas Holmstrom. But what a win for the Canucks, who have now won three straight and are now just one point behind Minnesota. It won’t be long until we forget their slow start, don’t you think?
LeBrun: If we get Wings-Canucks in the playoffs, Craig, count me in. You and I can collect the air miles together and cover what would be one heck of a series based on last night’s thriller. I’m a huge Ryan Kesler fan, but I think he’s dead wrong on saying Niklas Kronwall had to drop to gloves after that big hit. It was clean in my opinion, and there’s no need for a fight because of that. It’s annoying to me that today’s players feel a fight is warranted whenever there’s a loud hit—even if it’s clean….
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