"At the last second there I was committed to hitting him but he kind of pulled up and went the other way," Rypien said. "I probably could have eased up my speed a bit. I definitely don't feel good about it. You don't want to see a guy leaving the ice like that. It wasn't my intention to hurt him."
Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault sympathized with the fact Roy got hurt, but he didn't think the play should have been a penalty, much less a major.
"It's a player being told by his coach to forecheck, skate hard and steer the play," Vigneault said. "The defenceman has that responsibility, when he's getting that puck."
Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish did not agree.
"I guess he didn't get his face run through the boards," MacTavish said. "I'm sure if he saw one of his players run through the boards face-first and carried out on a stretcher, he'd rephrase those comments."
First of all, shut the hell up, MacTavish. What a reject. I know the one announcer was saying Rypien maybe should have hit the brakes. But it does come down a split second decision and judging by the clip, I don't think Rypien really had enough time to make that decision. He was going to hit him clean from the side, but that's the danger of someone turning their back to the incoming player and facing the boards. It's not the right decsion to make.
In my opinion, Rypien should not have been ejected from the game for that and he sure as hell better not get a suspension.
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