Digitalgypsy66 wrote:Supposedly, the MSG feed showed Malkin tomahawk chopping Staal on the way down to the ice. That's why Staal flipped out. I don't think it would've happened if Staal hadn't tackled him, but what do I know.
I'm a little concerned about the lack of response after some tussles after the whistle. Hagelund got 2-3 good whacks on Vokoun's glove before he was pulled away from the net - that sort of thing.
It didn't look intentional but Malkin's stick connected with Staal's head in a chopping motion as Geno was trying to regain his balance while falling. Then he got a bit of a left hand in as well, right to Staal's face. Definitely set Staal off more than he was already. But none of it would've happened if Staal hadn't tackled him after the whistle.