Ryan Jones was down for a while after the Jamie Benn crosscheck, but shrugged it off after the game. (Reuters)
It could have been worse.
It probably should have been worse.
When somebody 6-2 and 205 blindsides you with a crosscheck, a lot of things can go wrong.
Fortunately for Ryan Jones none of them did after Dallas forward Jamie Benn’s sneak attack in the final moments of Edmonton’s 5-1 victory Thursday.
“I got whip(lashed) a little bit,” shrugged Jones.
Benn was upset after Jones collided with Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, which was actually a harmless bump that Jones immediately apologized for.
“I just got tangled up with the D going to the net one a two-on-one,” said Jones. “I tried to hold him up and asked if he was OK. He said he was fine. Everybody saw what happened, but apparently he was upset over it.”
“I’m sure they’re going to look at it," said Stars coach Glen Gulutsen of the infraction. "I think they look at any fives, but it’s not a suspendable offense in my mind. A guy goes off looking at your bench kind of smirking, you’re probably