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Blues’ McDonald says Galiardi headshot cracked his helmet

Apr 15, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

Another day, another bucket destroyed.

That was the word out of St. Louis on Saturday following the Blues’ 3-0 win over San Jose in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal. In speaking with reporters after the game, Blues alternate captain Andy McDonald revealed some pretty compelling visual evidence — his cracked helmet, courtesy a headshot delivered by Sharks forward TJ Galiardi:


(Picture courtesy Pierre LeBrun, ESPN)

“The evidence kind of speaks for itself; he came in and elbowed me in the head and cracked my helmet,” McDonald said. “I think they’ll probably look at it. It’s just a play they’re trying to take out of hockey. It’s an elbow to the head.”

Even though the postseason is just five days old, we’ve already seen two helmets get cracked by violent plays. The first belonged to Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg — it was broken after Shea Weber smashed it (and it’s contents — namely, Zetterberg’s head) into the glass during Nashville’s Game 1 victory.

  1. ndrdog - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    At least in this case we get to see the helmet so we actually know that it is broken. We don’t just have to take the players word for it that it broke because a player would never embellish something go try goading the league into a stiffer penalty, would they? (Yes, I’m saying that Zetterberg’s helmet didn’t break and he lied.)

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Somebody get Andy a rag…look for the puck in your feet for four seconds and the odds are pretty good you’re gonna get drilled! McDonald plays way bigger than his size but like all small men getting run over by a bigger men, it’s always the big man’s fault! Man up Andy…?

    • mickeyb21 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      What was McDonald supposed to do in that situation? People say he had his head down, but the puck was in his feet. Should he have turned around and put he numbers out and get creamed head first into the boards? or should he have just given the puck up and not try to get it out of his zone? I know what Galiardi could have done differently. He could not have built up that much speed, jump, and hit him with his elbow head on.

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