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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Favorites Dominating Russian First Round; Simpson Chops Down Cherepanov


Reid Simpson exults after felling Alexei Cherepanov

All of the top 8 seeds in the Russian Super League playoffs have jumped out to 2-0 leads in the first round so far (series are best-of-five).

The first round has not been without its share of controversy, however, as veteran NHL enforcer Reid Simpson (playing for Vityaz Chekhov) dealt rookie scoring leader Alexei Cherepanov a supposed cheap shot in yesterday's game between #15 Vityaz and #2 Avangard Omsk, knocking Cherepanov out of the game.

Cherepanov, who surpassed Pavel Bure's rookie goal-scoring record during the regular season, had just scored his second goal of the playoffs when he was taken down by an elbow-to-thigh hit from Simpson. Cherepanov had to be helped off the ice and did not return, while Simpson was given a match penalty and thrown out of the game.

Simpson, who last time I checked was the RSL's leader in penalty minutes this season, had said before the playoffs began that Vityaz would have to play physical in order to win against heavily-favored Avangard. In an interview with Sport Express after the incident, Simpson seemed to sincerely describe his collision with Cherepanov as accidental in its severity; however, the Russian press is calling Simpson a "head-hunter", saying that, after finding his team down, he intentionally tried to injure Cherepanov, and that he acted out in a manner that is typical of Canadian hockey players.

Doing his part to help Russian - Canadian relations, Simpson said, "If they wanted a chess player, they should've called Kasparov."

6 Comments:

Anonymous Simon bar Sinister said...

Typical move for decendants of cheese eating surrender monkeys.
Sounds like the 72 summit series all over again
Man do i hate Canadians bunch of poofs.

3/13/07, 11:36 PM

 
Anonymous Victor Maitland said...

Avangard is sponsored by Roman Abramovich. Probably not a good idea to be hacking away at one of their players.

3/14/07, 9:36 AM

 
Anonymous mrs. brushback said...

Abramovich may be in a bad mood lately, too, considering Irina tried to take him to the cleaners in the divorce.

3/14/07, 10:40 AM

 
Anonymous Vasily Zaitsev said...

I shall Snipe this Canadian dog as i would a nazi officer.

3/14/07, 1:23 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Once the tanks start to roll into Flin Flon, those Canucks are gonna know what's up.

3/14/07, 4:46 PM

 
Anonymous russianhockeysucks said...

meh, we'll probably laugh as they break down like all Russian military equipment. I mean, if the boats don't sink on the way over here, that'd be a miracle. I think the Russian military equipment has killed more Russians then the Nazi (dogs) did, which, if you're counting at home, is a lot.

2/3/08, 2:42 PM

 

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