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Video: Ducks’ Winnik levels Red Wings’ Cleary from behind

May 9, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

There was a frightening moment in the second period of Wednesday’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.

Ducks’ forward Daniel Winnik drilled Red Wings’ forward Daniel Cleary from behind into the end boards. Winnik was given a major penalty for boarding, while Cleary was hurt on the play and was reported to be favoring his left arm, as per Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.

Cleary did return for the third period. But will this hit warrant any supplementary discipline from the NHL? Winnik was given a major, and the series will be heading into its sixth and perhaps deciding game.

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  1. slumdog66 - May 9, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Same thing happened to Brian Allen and was 2 minutes. Bull**** major.

  2. hockeydon10 - May 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    They’re trying to take out the hits where the guy is defenseless. Boarding has always been hitting a player in the numbers into the boards. Hard to argue that Winnik didn’t hit Cleary in the numbers and into the boards.

  3. baldballer - May 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Datsyuk did the same thing to Beauchemin (drawing blood) in Game 4 with NO CALL. Allen got blasted last night head first in the boards by Franzen and only received 2 mins.

    The NHL is the only sport where the resulting injury always dictates the penalty/suspension. This encourages flopping/diving.

    Not saying that Winnek’s hit was clean because it wasn’t…

  4. hockinj25 - May 9, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Late, from behind, and a defenseless player. It doesn’t get much more suspendable than that.

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