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DeBoer on Prust hit: “Headhunting. Plain and simple.”

May 19, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

We’re going to hear a lot about Brandon Prust‘s elbow to the back of Anton Volchenkov‘s head that didn’t result in a penalty, and Devils coach Peter DeBoer isn’t very happy about it.

During the coach’s post-game press conference, DeBoer was asked his thoughts on the play and answered strongly and forcefully.

“Headhunting, plain and simple.” 

For what it’s worth, Prust said the elbow was “accidental” after the game. Volchenkov didn’t think quite so highly of it as he tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

“It was pretty dirty, actually. It was an elbow in the head. We’ll see what it’s going to amount to.”

Brendan Shanahan, the podium is yours.

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  1. eggserino - May 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    What else is there to say? Prust has ZERO excuse for his elbow being that high. Shanaban fine coming your way.

  2. buckeye044 - May 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    If this is what they want out of the game, how do the officials miss it?

    • vindicatus - May 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      They miss it because the entire world wants a NY-LA Stanley Cup Finals. The officiating in both the WCF and the ECF has been a bad joke.

      • scionofflame - May 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        You’re not a referee, and the human eye has a LOT to track with 10 players flying around on ice. Things get missed. It happens, and it will always happen.

        If you start talking about rigging of the game, maybe you should follow another sport and get the hell out of mine. My team isn’t even in the playoffs anymore and I can’t stand how much people whine about missed calls. Your team should -overcome- them, and so should you. Don’t use them to justify a loss.

      • daveincleveland - May 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Would that be why the Devils had 5 power plays compared to the Rangers 2? Please think before you post, you wouldn’t look at silly.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I think the A train should be suspended for elbow hunting

  4. quonce - May 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    One game suspension. This should be an easy one for Shanaban.

  5. michaell1998 - May 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    3 game suspension since giroux’s one was 1 game. This was much more dirty.

  6. steelpenguin71 - May 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Where’s Torts self righteous commentary? I guess he only has something to say when one of his players gets hit and it’s questionable. Hypocrite… Talk about arrogance

    • mmmpierogi - May 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      Had the same thought. People will run their mouths to the media so long as it’s self-serving, but it’s crickets when it’s put back at them.

    • daveincleveland - May 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Welcome to Earth. You’ll notice that “bias” plays a factor in everything, especially opinions.

  7. bw987 - May 19, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I’m a long time Ranger fan, he deserves one game. This was not worse than giroux’s. May not get any since he didn’t follow thru forward when head went forward. But I can see one game.

  8. knowsfirsthand - May 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Sounds like we have a meeting of the Whine & Cheese Club. The refs missed it because it wasn’t that bad. Easy to complain with the advantage of slow motion replay on your 60″ screen.

    Meeting adjourned.

  9. vindicatus - May 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I’m not saying the officiating is outright rigged. Get over yourself, scion. The officiating in most of these playoffs has been questionable. Yeah, the refs are human, and they’re going to miss things. These refs are supposed to be the best of the best, and this blatant elbow occurred in front of two of them. From the sloppy job they’ve been doing, it’s easy to mistake them for mites refs.

    There are countless stories of downright BAD officiating in these playoffs, and they don’t all involve my team.

  10. bbk1000 - May 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    If Shanahan keeps his standard for accessing penalties it will be it will be no injury, no obvious intent to injure, no suspension.

    Heck even with Ovechkin trying to hurt people in the last round he got nothing because there was no injury, but he along with the two ladies in Pittsburgh are chosen ones.

    Shanahan is bad.

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