5/7 Recap: McNabb keeps mackin'; Boychuk bounced

Brayden McNabb extended his playoff point streak to eleven games Saturday, collecting a pair of assists for the second straight game as Kootenay evened the WHL Championship series at a game apiece with a 7-5 win over Portland. McNabb, who now has 24 points (3+21) this postseason, struck with primary power play helpers three minutes apart in the second period as the ICE took firm control of the game into the 2nd intermission.

Portland forward Riley Boychuk (+1) was ejected in the second period after being assessed an elbowing major for a hit behind the net on defenseman Hayden Rintoul. I know Boychuk and the 'Hawks were trailing 6-1 and surely frustrated at the time, and I know the CHL is attempting to crack down on hits to the head, but I'll let you decide whether or not the crime was worthy of five and a game.

What do you think? Personally, I think we've all seen more egregious contact result in a lesser fine.

After splitting the first two games in Portland, the ICE and Winterhawks will head to Kootenay for back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Sunday, May 08, 2011 ×

His arm is down and tucked into his side, his stick though is up and that may have drawn more attention, as does the arm follow-through. Weak -- especially slowed down on the replays. It would be a surprise if something else comes of it outside of the penalty.

Mike H.
Monday, May 09, 2011 ×

I think it's a headshot, but definitely not an elbow. I'm ok with the 5 minute (like Mike Richards got), but he shouldn't have been tossed and he shouldn't get a suspension/fine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 ×

I really hate this because he get the damage on his arm for something really stupid that doesn't worth it at all, thankfully right now he's able to play as always.


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