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by George Malik on 03/20/14 at 10:46 PM ET
I would love to keep things positive after the Red Wings' 5-4 OT win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, but this play by David Legwand has to be at least reviewed by the league, despite Legwand getting a 5-minute major for butt-ending and Evgeni Malkin being okay. It's a gutless, cheap-ass butt-end, and it has no place in the game.
Update: Mind you, Chris Neal's cross-check to Luke Glendening's face was also awful, but hitting a superstar is different of course...
Update #2: Per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
Wings coach Mike Babcock on the five-minute major for butt-ending Evgeni Malkin and game misconduct assessed to David Legwand late in the third period with the game tied 4-4 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“He took the penalty,” Babcock said. “The referee made the call. When it happened, to be honest with you, I thought because they had been all over him, I thought that it was weak. But when I watched it on video, he just made the call.”
Legwand drew the penalty after Malkin raked his stick over the back of Legwand’s head to the left of Jimmy Howard.
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