Vincent LeCavalier and Martin St. Louis Needn’t Look Far for Dirty Hockey

March 15th, 2010 by Tim King Leave a reply »
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the second most penalized team in the NHL.  They managed to add to their total only 40 seconds into their Sunday evening tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins at The St. Pete Times Forum and nearly threw the balance of the Eastern Conference into chaos at the same time. Steve Downie's slew foot turned reverse figure four leg lock on Sidney Crosby would have blown out the knee of a mere moral.  But the hockey gods and the guy who drives the Zamboni were on Crosby's side in the seconds after the first impact and the Penguins star was able to limp away from the encounter with only a slight knee strain.
Had the same incident occurred later in the period there is no doubt that Doctor Chip Burke would be busy today piecing Crosby's right knee back together.     Officials huddled for a moment before deciding that two minutes of shame in the penalty box and a note in the officials post game report would suffice under the circumstances.  Their explanation did not sit well with the Penguin bench during the game or the front office afterward but the game progressed without a brawl of any sort mainly beca ...

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