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April 14, 2011 11:43 pm

Reaction to Stoll hit on White

The big question for tomorrow might be whether Kings center Jarret Stoll faces any supplemental discipline for his first-period hit on San Jose’s Ian White. Stoll checked White into the end boards, and White’s head hit the glass and he crumbled to the ice. White got up, but looked very shaky skating to the bench and didn’t return to the game. Stoll was not penalized on the play, but the Sharks were immediately upset, and it’s likely that the league office will be looking at the hit. The reaction from the Sharks’ locker room, not surprisingly, was not positive. Dan Boyle talked about the hit…

BOYLE: “I don’t like it. I didn’t like it the first time around and I don’t like it on the replay.”

(on the possibility of the league looking at the hit…) “They should. I don’t know that Stoll is that kind of a guy but that’s exactly what we’re talking about and trying to eliminate (from the game). The guy’s head is this far from the boards and you drive your forearm and elbow in there? That’s what they’re trying to get rid of. I didn’t like it.’’

Here were the thoughts of Kings coach Terry Murray and Sharks coach Todd McLellan…

MURRAY: “I looked at it from the high end-zone camera, which is the one I have on my computer. I don’t see much there. I don’t have different angles. The angle that I have is from high. It’s from the other side from where he hit him, so I don’t get a good look at it. So, I don’t know. I don’t have any other opinion. Nothing was called. There was a player that was taken out of the game because of that hit, but I don’t have any of the details on the hit, with a good TV replay look, to know exactly what it was.”

MCLELLAN: “We saw a really good angle. The good news for us is that the league is looking at these type of things, they take it very seriously. And it will be dealt with. The bad news is we lost a very good defenseman that we count on. The rest of it is unfortunate because Jarret Stoll is a hell of a player. He ended up taking 20-25 faceoffs tonight and played 23 minutes. And we had to play with five defensemen. It’s disappointing that it was missed on the ice, but it’s in somebody else’s hands and we know it’s a serious thing the league is looking at.”

(on White’s status…)
MCLELLAN: “`We’ll see how he is in the morning. He’s not feeling real good.”

Finally, for those who might have missed it a couple posts earlier, here is Stoll’s reaction to the hit…

STOLL: “He was a little low there. I don’t know what he was doing, if he was reaching for a puck or what. He was right against the boards, too, and he was a little low. I just finished my check on him, and it ended up pretty bad for him. I hope he’s all right. You hate to see a guy get hurt, regular season or playoffs. I definitely wasn’t trying to hurt him.”

(on whether he’s worried about a suspension…)
STOLL: “I have no idea. I don’t now. There wasn’t a penalty on the call, so I’m not expecting anything.”

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