Burrows’ Stick, Staal’s Balls and Tortorella’s Response
Alex Burrows waded into the controversy pool again last night with this spear on Rangers defenseman Marc Staal’s Sami Salos.
“It’s ridiculous,” Tortorella said. “It’s dangerous. That, that – the thing that bothers me is, how don’t you see it? And that’s what was told to me. That’s what agitated me is they didn’t see it. Then Sean Avery chips a puck in, and it’s interference. That’s a dangerous play on Marc Staal, and it’s beyond me how two guys – one guy in the corner, and one out at the neutral zone, can’t see it. And we end up down, which usually happens if you retaliate. But if I’m Marc Staal, I’d retaliate too. I’d try to break his ankle, on something like that. It’s ridiculous.”
Obviously, Staal wasn’t pleased either.
“He speared me in an area where nobody likes to get hit,” said Staal, who celebrated his 24th birthday today. “I two-handed him as hard as I could on top of the feet. … I thought at least it was gonna be a (4-on-4). I don’t know if (the referee) didn’t see it, what was going on in front. Then it was an unfortunate play by Dru, making a good play, and it goes off his stick into the stands. We did a really good job of killing that.”
This play actually happened so fast that I missed it until Sportsnet showed the replay. It seemed innocuous enough and I’m obviously not in the position to determine whether or not it was intentional. Remember that Burrows and Staal were both involved in a pretty good battle in front of the net at the time. At the very least, Burrows probably deserved to be penalized on the play. (I’d say I’m surprised that Burrows didn’t get at least a penalty, but is it really surprising that the officials blew yet another call?)
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