Thursday, February 2, 2012
Elias said boarding call was 'tough'
By Katie Strang
Veteran winger Patrik Elias could be facing supplementary discipline for his hit on Montreal's Mike Blunden that sent Blunden crashing into the boards during the first period.
Blunden did not return to the game after the play, which earned Elias a two-minute boarding minor penalty at 18:54 of the first. According to the Canadiens, Blunden suffered a lower-body injury.
Elias said he thought the play could've gone either way.
"I don't know. There were a couple hits on our guys. [The official] said our guys turned when they saw a guy coming. It was the same way. I was on the inside position and he kind of turned into the boards. [The official] says he has to make that call anytime the [player's number's are facing] a player," he said. "I get it. I think maybe it could've been called both ways. It's tough."
When asked if he expected to receive a call from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, who heads the league's Department of Player Safety, Elias didn't speculate. He said he'll wait until the league makes a decision.