I'm sorry if this seems a bit unprofessional but this is my first attempt at a "blog" ever.
I just wanted to comment on the hit by Downie on Dean McAmmond. Yes, it was definately an unappropriate hit. He did leave his feet using his body as momemtum driven projectile and he claims thats part of his game, finishing checks. But there's a right and a wrong way to throw a check.
Now I'm not protecting Downie but the comments made post game by Bryan Murray I felt were a bit too much. He said that it was a blind sided hit. Blind sided meaning what? He didn't hit him from behind. McAmmond skated around the oppositions net and admired his pass in front when he should have kept his eyes on the path he was skating until clear of the net. Now I know its pre-season and these things shouldn't be happening so early into the hockey year, but c'mon everyone including Bryan Murray seem to just forget that Downie was crunched from behind by Schubert earlier in the game and because Downie is a tough kid he popped back up and no one seemed to think it was a big deal. Not that its an excuse for Downie to jump and take his revenge on McAmmond.
I remember last season when the Leafs were playing New Jersey and Cam Jannsen smoked Kaberle everyone was saying that Kaberle was admiring his pass. That was in the Leafs zone and it was an outlet pass. Last night it was in the offensive zone on a scoring attempt. I think it's ok to check the player, but like I said before, there is a right and a wrong way to body-check and last night we saw a perfect example of the wrong way.
Hey, its hockey. These things happen from time to time. I'm sure Downie didnt want to put McAmmond on a stretcher but if the hit on Downie by Schubert was about a foot and a half closer to the boards its could have been Downie on the stretcher.
I say lets take it a little easy on the guy.