Slashing an opponent whose back is turned in the head might play well with hardcore Philadelphia Flyers fans, but for civilized people, probably not as much.
On Tuesday, Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz, the 6-foot-6 goalie for the Memorial Cup host London Knights, covered up a puck to stop play and didn't much like the Windsor Spitfires' leading scorer Josh Ho-Sang getting an extra slash in with his stick. The referees caught the slash and gave Ho-Sang a penalty. The retaliation by Stolarz, a one-handed stick swing that connected with the back of Ho-Sang's head and neck area, was also deemed worthy of just a two-minute high-sticking minor, even though it was exponentially more emphatic and forceful:
(Update, 3:25 p.m. Wednesday: Stolarz has received an eight-game suspension. If London sweeps Windsor, he would not be able to play in the next round of playoffs, where the Knights are likely to face top-seeded Guelph.)
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Anthony Stolarz of the @GoLondonKnights has been suspended for 8 games for his high stick on Josh Ho-Sang.
— Mike Stubbs (@stubbs1290cjbk) March 26, 2014