Game 5 between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers has had just about everything. Unfortunately, that includes a questionable hit, as Rangers defenseman John Moore received a match penalty for elbowing Canadiens forward Dale Weise.
Here’s video of the hit:
The reflexive comparison is to look at Moore’s hit on Weise vs. Brandon Prust’s jaw-breaking check on Derek Stepan. Here are a few bits of conversation on that subject:
:Like Prust, Moore might have made contact with body before head, which makes a big difference.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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