(Ed. Note: Back via the red-eye from San Fran, exhausted but ready to roll. Big ups to Leahy for keeping the trains running on time. Gotta love the West Coast, and watching hockey with breakfast on a Sunday. Wonder if Dallas fans are appreciating what a contented, motivated and properly utilizedSean Averycan do for his team ...)
There were two incidents in yesterday's action that will likely get a look from the NHL's discipline czar. One is rather clear-cut: Caught on tape, penalized during the game and the sort of blatant infraction that leaves one only wondering about the duration of the suspension.
The other is a he said/he said war of accusations in the media. More on that in a moment.
Late in the second period, Coburn was given a match penalty for high-sticking and intent to injure, which resulted in an ejection from the Flyers' 4-1 loss at New York. The Flyers' defense of his action? Sure, it was a head shot; but it was a "glove-stick combination." From Philly.com:
A suspension is possible. "I would hope not," coach John Stevens said. "I asked him what happened and he thought he hit him more with his glove than anything else."
A few shifts before the incident, Coburn said, he was slashed in the face by Antropov - he had a nasty cut above his right eye - and that triggered his retaliation. "He started kind of skating toward me and I put my stick up to kind of protect myself," Coburn said. ". . . He kind of came at me and tried to turn at the last minute and I kind of reacted and kind of got him in the neck."
Coburn said he hit Antropov with "a glove-stick combination."
Right, and Coburn was buzzed on Twinkies, too. Here's the play in question from NBC's coverage: