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Cogliano explains hit on Turris

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

ANAHEIM — Andrew Cogliano was looking to provide a spark.

What he ended up doing was nearly driving Kyle Turris’s head through the boards.

“I think it was an unfortunate situation,” Cogliano said “I was just going in on the forecheck. I was just trying to finish my check. I think how he took the puck, it looked like he had his head down and it seemed like it was a situation where I got him in a bad spot.”

In Friday’s 4-3 shootout to the Phoenix Coyotes, Cogliano was assessed a boarding major, which was accompanied by a game misconduct.

The Edmonton Oilers centre had just come out of the penalty box when he caught Turris in the numbers going back for a puck in his own end. The Coyotes winger went into the boards awkwardly and cut his nose on the play.

“The ref came up to me and said the only reason he gave me five was because he was cut on the nose,” Cogliano said. “I think his visor came down and cut him. That’s why he gave me the five-minute penalty.

“There’s a rule for boarding. If the guy is cut, it’s an automatic five minutes.”

Turris came back into the game, only to be caught with a high stick later in the contest, forcing him to leave the game for good.

“I just wanted to create some energy,” Cogliano said. “I use my speed on the forecheck a lot. I was told that I had to use my body and be physical and that’s what I was trying to do.

“The last thing you want to see is a guy go into the boards like that. I’ve never gotten a five-minute boarding penalty in my career. It’s the first time I’ve ever been thrown out of a game.”

Fortunately for Cogliano, the play did not end up costing the Oilers.

It actually turned out well, as Ales Hemsky took a breakaway pass from Ryan Whitney and went on to score the opening goal of the contest.

The team then went on to kill off the rest of the penalty.

“That was the best news I got, was to hear the (goal) buzzer go off,” Cogliano said. “I felt bad putting the guys down for five minutes, that’s the one thing you don’t want to do.

“I’m glad that Hemmer scored and the guys were able to kill off the penalty. If they had scored on it, I wouldn’t have felt too good.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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