*Regarding the smack talk, "Ducks suck" is countered by me with "Sorry, I can't hear you, there seems to be a Stanley Cup in my ear", which is followed by "oh, that was so long ago". If we really want to talk about something that happened a long time ago, which is longer: the Ducks last Stanley Cup finals appearance (3 years ago), or the Kings last Stanley Cup finals appearance (17 years ago) during which time the Ducks have played in the finals twice and won a Cup?*
Now to the hit that almost ended Oscar Moller.
At worst, it's a 2-minute minor for charging (Ryan received a 5-minute major for charging and a game misconduct), but let's go over the ways in which the hit is clean:
- Moller has the puck
- Bobby leads with his shoulder
- Bobby keeps his elbows in
- Bobby makes contact with Moller's shoulder
- Bobby hits Moller from the front
- Bobby does not make contact with Moller's head
A "dirty" hit was Drew Doughty cross-checking Bobby Ryan in the back (and thus from behind) head-first into the boards earlier in the game. And that hit received no penalty. Even the King's fan sitting in front of me acknowledged it was a cross-check. And I wouldn't even use the term dirty, though it was certainly the dirtier of the two.
Thoughts from Kings fans? Or Ducks fans? Or hockey/sports fans in general?