Re: Neal Gets 5 Games
posted at 12/10/2013 8:19 AM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to zamboni24's comment:
5 is what I expected -- Perfect setup for Shanny to really slam Thornton hard -- Orpik now placed on IR will fuel the fire a bit more.
I know this could get into a "hearing circus" but after getting a better look at the Dupuis slash on Kelly -- talk about intentional. We often see a warning shot -- generally to a padded part of the elbow, glove or shin pad -- but Kelly was deliberately wacked on the back of the leg where everyone knows is unprotected. Perfect aim above the boot and below the calf. Nasty.
Why don't you think he was swinging at the puck which was in the air righ there?
The Dupuis-Kelly incident happened with 2:14 left to play in the 2nd period. I have gone over it many times. And here is what I observed - in normal speed and slow motion:
Kelly blocks Dupuis' attempt to send the puck into the Bruin zone, just inside the blue line. The puck goes up on the glass. Kelly doesn't know where the puck is and has his back to it at all times. As he turns, to whee he thinks the puck is, his back is to Dupuis. Throughout this episode, Dupuis has sight of both the puck and Kelly.
As the puck is dropping down, behind the right leg of Kelly, in plain sight of Dupuis, Dupuis has two choices:
1. Slap at the puck to drive it into the Bruin end or
2. Wait for the puck to drop and it will be in his possession because Kelly doesn't know where the puck is, and furthermore he has his back to it.
What does Dupuis do: Neither. He does a 45 degree chop to an area that is beyond the point where the point leading with the heel of his blade. How convenient that Kelly's leg is in that area to receive the blow from the heel of the blade and not the flat side of the blade.