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Justice for the Mule? Russian players may be disciplined for spearing, breaking Wings forward’s nose
by George Malik on 05/11/12 at 08:16 PM ET
Updated with a completely unrelated Valtteri Filppula Nike commercial for the hell of it: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was speared by Alexei Emelin and then had his nose broken on a vicious cross-check to the face by Dmitri Kalinin (the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that he’s going to be OK) in Sweden’s ugly 7-3 loss to Russia on Friday, but the IIHF’s website reports that, by the time Franzen probably returns to Sweden’s lineup for Tuesday’s game against Latvia, the players who angered an then busted the Mule might have sat out a game or two as well:
On the heels of Russia’s 7-3 preliminary round win over Sweden, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel will be reviewing two incidents that occurred during what was a heated match between the two hockey powers.
The first incident involved a slash on Johan Franzen by Alexei Yemelin, which occurred when Sweden scored its second goal to go up 2-1 in the first period.
The second incident under review again involved Franzen, who received a cross-check to the face from Dmitri Kalinin in front of the Russian net in the third period. The Swedish forward left the game following the cross-check, while Kalinin received a match penalty. Franzen later went to the hospital after the game with what is suspected to be a broken nose.
Via Andrew Johnson on Twitter, here’s the Emelin spear…
And here’s Kalinin’s cross-check:
Update #2: As a reminder, via the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
“I just talked to him, (he has a) broken nose,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, who is in Helsinki, Finland, watching the other bracket of the tournament. “He sounded OK otherwise.”
Sweden’s next game is Saturday against Italy. Franzen could sit out the next game, with Sweden off for the next two days after that. Holland and Swedish media covering the game were uncertain as to whether Franzen would play against Italy.
In the second period, Franzen received an interference minor and double-minor for roughing in what was a physical game throughout.
Fellow Red Wing Jonathan Ericsson, a Swedish teammate, has yet to play in the tournament because of lower back pain.
Erm, more like he left the first game of the tournament after getting cross-checked in his Sacroiliac joint.
Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden) had a goal and assist and Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) had an assist in the game, which was highlighted by three goals by Russia’s Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins).
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