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Milan Michalek might miss Game 7 thanks to allegedly kicking Dan Girardi

Apr 24, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the NHL is looking into an incident late in Game 6 where Milan Michalek reportedly kicked at Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi with his skate.

Sources confirmed to the Sun Tuesday morning Shanahan has acquired the CBC footage of the play. If Giradri’s claim is verified, Michalek could face a fine or suspension before Game 7 of the series on Thursday in New York.

Video replay of the incident (which we’re working on getting for you) shows Michalek on his stomach with Girardi on top of him. Michalek then kicks at Girardi with his skate to urge him to get off of him. Believe it or not, kicking isn’t something new to deal with in hockey or the playoffs.

A similar incident like this occurred this season with Carolina’s Jeff Skinner getting a two-game suspension for doing virtually the same thing. There was also an incident in 2002 between Shayne Corson and Eric Cairns that saw Corson suspended for Game 7 of the Maple Leafs series against the Islanders as Corson kicked Cairns in Game 6.

If there’s anything to Michalek kicking Girardi, the Senators could be looking at missing a major offensive contributor in a crucial game.

  1. villi5ed - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Another chance for the league to determine “inconclusive evidence.” Nurse!

  2. nynewsblob - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    I smell a stiff $200 (Canadian) fine from Sham-ahan.

  3. jkay1818 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    it was a senator, it’s perfectly fine. Give Hagelin another 3 games for it. I think the sens have suffered enough this series, 1 game suspension for jumping a player is more than enough. Lets not get carried away with suspending Michaelek now. When is Ryan Mcdoangh’s hearing for shooting at Turris when he caught it off the knee? Or Del zotto’s “dirty” hit on neil.
    Very interested to see what Neil does on Thurs since he basically threatened him. curious to see what the league does or even fines him.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      All joking aside, i just watched the footage of it, thats a REALLY dangerous play. What we he thinking? There are players lying on top of players in scrums 20 times a game, that kicking is out of control. He can use the excuse that he was flailing his legs to get up, but, he was literally kicking girardi in the stomach, an area that is thin with padding. He could have really hurt him.
      sooooooo, the question is, when does girardi get suspended for lying on top of him? Also, after neil kicked that goal in, why did NBC have the score 3-3?

      • bdfools - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        Where did you find the footage? Youtube turns up nothing and NHL.com is incredibly slow.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        i saw it on puck daddy (yahoo) it was basically NBC reviewing the kick in goal, but, youll be able to see it since i was looking for the two of them in the pile.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        I watched that video on puck daddy. It certainly looks like he MAY have kicked him…but the video is inconclusive since it doest really show anything. Plus its a big pile up, now can you judge intent?

      • jkay1818 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Need to keep in mind, this was just footage of showing the kicked in goal and primarily that play. I would hope the league gets different angles on this so they make the right call. Watching the video yet again, what an UGLY sequence. the refs got 3 things wrong, a kicking misconduct, an allowed goal and an interference. Man, that was brutal. The scary thing is, everyone is focusing on Neil’s foot, he literally had his stick on lundqvist pushing him aside.

      • bdfools - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Thanks for sharing the source.
        Yeah, it looks like this will almost definitely fall into the category of “inconclusive” unless the other angle they supposedly have shows it more clearly.

        Girardi certainly reacted right away, looking around for a witness. I don’t think you’d have seen that if it wasn’t a kick. Still, somewhat inconclusive video evidence.

  4. crosberries - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Hmm I thought it was perfectly legal after giroux tried to kick two players in the Pittsburgh series. Not one mention of it during the series or in this article. Do these writers watch all the games or just the ones they have to because it was pretty blatant?

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