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Rob Rossi- I'm a flea-bit peanut monkey. All my friends are junkies. That's not really true...

Sports editor. Skeptic. Russian-leaning hockey fan. Radio hostTalking headRecovering newspaper addictAuthor(coming soon).

Barry Trotz- Head Coach of the Washington Capitals

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

“Barry, is the play by Alex that led to Sid sort of staggering into Niskanen — where he appeared to get the stick up toward the face — is that a hockey play?” Rossi asked.

“Was there a penalty?” Trotz asked. “I don’t understand . …

“Does there have to be a penalty to [not] be a hockey play?” Rossi countered. “I’m just asking. Is it a hockey play also?”

“I’m not going to defend anything,” Trotz said. “You want me to defend Alex? Then is [Chris] Kunitz’s predatory hit on [T.J.] Oshie okay? Or the one on [Nicklas] Backstrom, is that okay? I’m not gonna debate about all that stuff. So that’s a terrible question.”

“I was just asking about the stick,” Rossi said. “So, no? So, no, Barry?”

“Next,” Trotz said. “You got your answer.”

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WingedRider's avatar

He carelessly lifted his stick into Crosby’s head, forcing the NHL’s sturdiest skater to stagger into Niskanen. If Ovechkin hadn’t gone that route, Crosby wouldn’t have gone headfirst into a check.


Ovi also clipped Crosby’s skate as he went by, after the high slash. That made sure Crosby lost his balance.

As far as the cross check. Niskanen was holding his stick about , hands were about six inches apart. To cross check a player properly, both hands are usually held a lot farther apart.

It sure looked like Niskanen made a spontaneous attempt to protect himself.

Ovi should have been penalized for high slash and for the slew foot ( for lack of a better word).

Niskanen and Crosby were the victims of Ovi’s . When was Crosby concussed, no idea.  His left leg bent in an abnormal way,  I thought for sure he would have a damaged knee.

Niskanen was penalized for Ovi’s actions.

I rarely stick up for Crosby but Ovi’s actions were intentional.Refs bungled this series of events or Star players get a lot of slack in the playoffs. Just my opinions!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/02/17 at 01:42 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Unfortunate result on a semi-typical hockey play.  Niskanen was given a 5 minute major and game misconduct.  No more needs to be done.

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst on 05/02/17 at 01:51 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

He carelessly lifted his stick into Crosby’s head, forcing the NHL’s sturdiest skater to stagger into Niskanen. If Ovechkin hadn’t gone that route, Crosby wouldn’t have gone headfirst into a check.

Agree but it should have been Ovi that was penalized

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/02/17 at 02:06 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Just got a chance to listen to the interview with rossi…

This guy is a black helicopter wacko. Not sure if he is still a columnist for Pittsburgh paper or not?

As a paper, I would be embarrassed to have ever employed this guy.

Seriously,  listen to this interview,  and I’m not sure you should take anything this guy says seriously….. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/02/17 at 02:21 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Rossi is a homer. Every team has that. With that said though, he does seem like the “agree with my view or you are trash” kinda writer(loosely calling him that). Just a sucky situation all around. Even though I dont care for Crosby, I never want to see him or any player for that matter injured. Its just bad form, and puts ANOTHER black eye on the NHL.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/02/17 at 09:01 PM ET

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