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Chris Stewart has a phone date with Brendan Shanahan this morning

Nov 16, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

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When Chris Stewart‘s phone rings at 11 a.m. ET today, he’d better pick it up because Brendan Shanahan would like to talk to him. The Blues forward is getting a talking to thanks to his dangerous shove from behind on Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall last night.

Stewart knocked Kronwall silly with the play and earned a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit. Working in Stewart’s favor for a slap on the wrist is that he has no history of dirty play and no prior suspensions. Working against him is that it’s Shanahan taking care of things and he does things how he sees fit.

With other shove from behind plays like this we’ve seen guys get sat down for a couple games at least regardless of their history of dangerous plays. On the upside for Stewart, the Blues didn’t allow a goal on the Wings’ five-minute power play and beat Detroit 2-1. That might be the one nice thing to say about this whole thing as it seems likely that Stewart is going to get dinged for a few games.

As for Kronwall, he missed the remainder of the first period after the hit but came back to play in the second and finished out the game.

  1. michiganhockey11 - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    He should get a game or two. Shouldn’t matter if he didn’t have a previous record. That was the case with the Wings’ own Brendan Smith. Rookie with no record got hit with 2 games. You could say it was just a push, but Stewart clearly saw numbers only and made contact anyway. Glad Kronwall caught his shoulder first and not his head.

  2. polegojim - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Shanny – What the heck were you thinking?
    Stewart – I thought the Red Wings wore their jerseys backwards
    Shanny – Really?
    Stewart – No, not really….I’m an idiot
    Shanny – Agreed, now how about smartening up over 4 games

    • michiganhockey11 - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Ha!

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