Obviously one of the biggest headlines from last night was Nick Lidstrom's 2 goal game and a gritty performance from both teams. But, what most people are going to be talking about in this series is Mike Brown's vicious hit on Jiri Hudler. Oh, you missed it?
So what are the players saying about it? Of course Brown doesn't think he should be suspended.
"It's the playoffs, I want to play," he said. "I want to help the team. I don't know if it's necessary to get that suspension. It was just a clean hit. "
Hm...Clean hit? Is that why he followed through with his stick? Is that why he nailed a player that was looking the opposite direction? Is that why his "clean hit" hit Hudler in the noggin? It's obviously one of those things that you determine whether it was clean or not based on your own opinion. My feeling, and the feeling of many around the league it seems, is that if Donald Brashaer got a 5 game suspension for his hit in Round 1, why should this guy get any less?
Here's what Jiri had to say following the hit:
"I didn't see him coming," Hudler said. "It happened really quick. I didn't have the puck for at least two seconds. It was kind of late, but there's nothing I can do right now. Obviously, it's a hit on the head. I don't want to be out of line, but I hope (the League) will get a look at it and do the right thing."
I don't think he's out of line at all in asking for the League to look at it. It was late, it was to the head, and if you're going to suspend Brashaer for something identical, it has to be the same across the board for every player. If it was a Wings player, I'd be saying the same thing.
Duck's coach Randy Carlisle also disagreed with the hit and went on to even criticize Johan Franzen's goal/running over of Jonas Hiller.
"It's amazing, isn't it?" he said. "We're supposed to be protecting the goalie. The guy puts the puck in the net and runs the goalie over. That's the way it goes."
I think Franzen's play was obviously clean and you don't want him to run over Hiller, but it's not like he ran over him and then the puck went in.