Stajan’s reaction to Coyle hit gets the GIF treatment

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There was an odd scene in Minnesota on Tuesday night, as Wild forward Charlie Coyle received a five-minute major penalty for elbowing Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan.

Coyle didn’t receive a game misconduct, which often comes with a major penalty. Stajan’s reaction – some might say embellishment – was also immortalized in GIF form by video editor CJ Folger:

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If you’re in the “Stajan should get an Oscar” camp, at least the power play didn’t pay off for Calgary. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo points out that the Wild somehow held the Flames to zero shots on a five-minute man advantage.

To add one more layer of oddness to the situation, beat writers for opposing teams hold opposing viewpoints.

Russo’s injury update drips with sarcasm:

On the other hand, the Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak thinks it was a bad check.

Either way, it makes for a mesmerizing GIF, doesn’t it?