"When you stick your elbow in his face and put knee on knee that's an intent to injure. That's why he got kicked out of the game," said San Jose Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson after Wednesday nights game against Predators.
Here’s the deal…I was at the game. I saw the hit. I knew when it happened that he was getting the 5 minute major. I did not know if a game misconduct was coming or not…I should have known the refs would have sided on the ‘intent to injure’ side and give him the game misconduct.
While I am sure the spin in San Jose has been ‘hang Hartnell from the rafters’ the spin in Nashville is quite the opposite. And I don't think this is stick up for the hometwon boy either. People have been looking at this video A LOT!
After watching the video several times myself I can only say that the intent to injure is not clear at all. Also if you have the ability to watch the clip in a clear slow motion you will see that Hartnell did not elbow Cheechoo. So…Ron Wilson has flat out lied by saying that Hartnell knocked his tooth out.
I should not be shocked at all...if the NHL gave awards for the biggest whiner it would be called the Ron Wilson Award. But hey…maybe it works because several of those calls last night were very questionable against the Preds.
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