In this case, the two parties involved will apparently have to agree to disagree.
Naturally, members of the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have differing opinions of Torey Krug‘s open-ice hit on Andrew Shaw in the first period of Monday’s game. There was no call on the play, but it was among the events that reignited this long-time rivalry in what was a chaotic yet highly entertaining hockey game.
Shaw left the game immediately after the hit but did return in the second period.
“I was looking at the puck, so I don’t really — I saw him and I knew who it was and I just assumed he was going to play the body because he’s a physical player. Lowered my shoulder and I don’t know what happened,” said Krug.
His coach, Claude Julien, called it a “good hit.”
The coach on the other bench, Michel Therrien, didn’t see it the same way.
Therrien said Shaw was in a “vulnerable position” — he leaned forward to play the puck in the neutral zone just as Krug was cutting into position — and he took a “hit to the head.”
Brendan Gallagher didn’t like the hit. He later dropped the gloves with Krug in a brief altercation.
“When you see your teammate get up the way Shaw did, he had blood coming from his face, Shaw would have done that for every guy on this team,” Gallagher said. “It’s tough whenever you play this team. A lot of emotions involved.
“There’s a lot of respect between these two teams, a lot of history. Today it got a little heated.”