Clouston: Zubrus hit on Greening 'very close' to illegal

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

Trying to eliminate head shots, the NHL might want to take a closer look at the lick Devils forward Dainius Zubrus put on Senators rookie Colin Greening Thursday night at Scotiabank Place.

Cory Clouston did, and he thought the closeline-like hit was borderline illegal.

“I’m not going to say that it should have been suspendable, or a major or whatever, but that was very close,” said Clouston. “I didn’t realize it (at the time). It was off to the left of our bench during the game and you don’t sometimes get a real good view of that, but I watched it (Friday) morning and that was close.”

The day after Boston’s Zdeno Chara racked up Montreal’s Max Pacioretty in a controversial collision at Bell Centre, Senators winger Francis Lessard was thrown out of game for a hit on Florida’s Scott Timmins that didn’t appear to be nearly as bad as the Zubrus shot.

“Definitely, the direction that they’re going towards, if they’re going to error on the side of the safety of the players ... (hits like that) are real close,” Clouston said.


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