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Video: Red Wings’ Cleary with hit from behind on Ducks’ Allen

May 12, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

Detroit Red Wings’ forward Daniel Cleary was assessed a minor penalty for a nasty hit from behind on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen in the first period of Sunday’s Game 7.

Ducks’ forward Emerson Etem scored 10 seconds after the Cleary penalty expired.

The hit was, in some respects, similar to the one Cleary absorbed from Daniel Winnik earlier in the series.

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  1. polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Yes, obvious boarding… but not as blatant as Winniks.

  2. shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Oh get up. Allen sold this for all he possibly could.

    There was a hit the next period on Jakub Kindl, exact same hit. Identical. Difference was, Kindl braced himself and held himself up. There was absolutely nothing stopping him from just letting himself go and faking like he smacked his face in the glass.

    This is the new strategy in the NHL. The same jostling, the same battles for the puck that two guys used to equally joust for, now a guy will just collapse like a soccer player and the guy hitting him will get a penalty. Refs used to tell the guy not to flop, now they sympathize and hand out 2 minute penalties.

    What a joke. Anyone who has played hockey has been hit like that and held themselves up, it’s what you were taught. Just like the Sedin “penalty”. Absolute garbage.

  3. cha1upabatman - May 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Yeah… that was about the worst example of embellishment that I have seen in a playoffs full of embellishment. The guy threw his head back in an exaggerated manor while simultaneously looking at the ref for a call. The amount that his head “rebounded” off the glass defies the laws of physics if the only input was Cleary’s push.

    The guy sold the call and got a PP out of it. Good on him. But this article is ridiculous in it’s interpretation of the hit.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      I free framed every angle after the hit. His head didn’t even look like it hit the board and if it did, it wasn’t hard enough to snap his head back. Complete embellishment. Typical Ducks.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        oops, freeze*

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